Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | August 7, 2011

Man of the Day 8/7: Alex Pietrangelo

Alexander Pietrangelo

Born January 18, 1990 (age 21) in King City, Ontario, Canada

Defenseman for the St. Louis Blues

[Note: Emma’s internet was on the fritz last night, so I picked up the banner and carried on. A day without a Man of the Day is like a day without sunshine! – Krista]

Alex has had a very interesting journey to the NHL. As a kid, he played for the Richmond Hill Stars and the Vaughn Kings (when they won the Peewee AAA championship in 2003) and participated in the 2000 Super Brick Novice Tournament in Edmonton along with the likes of Steven Stamkos, Michael Del Zotto and Jordan Eberle. He also scored the game-winning goal to help the Toronto Junior Canadiens win Ontario’s bantam championship in 2005.

After that, he was drafted by the OHL’s Mississauga (now Niagara) IceDogs in 2006. He had 52 points in 59 games that first season and the next year got a shoutout as CHL Player of the Week. When NHL Draft time came in 2008, he was picked fourth overall by the St. Louis Blues and was given an entry-level contract that September.

These draft pictures always remind me of awkward high school senior portraits.

Alex played his firt NHL game on October 10, 2008, which just happened to be the Blues’ home opener against the Nashville Predators. But soon after that, he was checked into the boards via Toronto’s Matt Hollweg and sat out for a few games. When he came back, he played with the Blues for a while before being sent back to the OHL, then upgraded to the AHL’s Peoria Rivermen for the rest of the season. The next season, he only played nine games with St. Louis before they lent him out for the 2010 World Junior Championships. He went back to the OHL after that, but he was traded to the Barrie Colts, where he played half a regular season and postseason with them.

This past season, he played 79 games and earned 43 points (11 goals, 32 assists), had a plus/minus of +18 and had 161 shots. But here’s where things get screwy. This was his first full year with the Blues, but he’d played a handful of games with them the prior two years. According to the rules, he couldn’t be considered a rookie and was therefore ineligible for Calder Trophy contention. It’s a shame, because I think he would’ve given Jeff Skinner a run for his money. But you know what? With his numbers, I think we’ll be hearing from him again.

"See this puck? It's mine now!"

– Krista

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