After winning the Stanley Cup in 2018-2019, the St. Louis Blues won the Central Division under coach Craig Berube, in his first full season behind the bench. However, the retirement of Alexander Steen, who played 11 of his 15 NHL seasons with the Blues, is one change which could affect the team.
Alexander Steen was limited to only 55 games and a career low 14 minutes of ice time per game during the 2019-2020 season and four post-season appearances. A degenerative condition of the disks in his spine led to the emotional decision to retire from the game Alexander Steen loves as the age of 35. Steen scored 17 points on 7 goals and 10 assists last season and 245 goals in 1018 career games.
Of the 10 St. Louis Blues that took the ice last season at left wing, Alexander Steen was fifth in scoring behind David Perron, Jaden Schwartz, Zach Sanford, and Ivan Barbashev. Steen’s retirement leaves Perron as the elder stateman among left wingers at the age of 32. A top tier team with a good combination of veteran leadership and youth, the oldest members on the team are 37-year-old Jay Bouwmeester, 35-year-old Troy Brouwer, and 34-year-old Tyler Bozak.
Alexander Steen was a well-respected and highly influential member of the Blues team, both on the ice and in the locker room. While his leadership will be missed, St. Louis Blues have plenty of other veterans to keep the team focused and poised to make more runs at another Stanley Cup championship.