We continue down the path of the Top 25 Most Influential Players in Blues History. This is not a list of the best players in team history but a combination of the best, most influential, and the most important to the team.
Coming in at #6: Joe Mullen
The St. Louis Blues got on the ground floor of Joe Mullen’s career by signing him away from the opportunity to play for the 1980 US Olympic team. Mullen was coveted by Herb Brooks for the team but due to Mullen’s fathers health he chose the salary over the chance to play in the Olympics.
Mullen would spend his first two years in the CHL playing for the Salt Lake Golden Eagles and would claim the Rookie of the Year award in 1980-81. He would appear in one Stanley Cup playoff game for the Blues that year but would start the next season back in the minors.
In his first full season with St. Louis, Mullen would record 59 points in just 45 games. Over the next four years Mullen would notch 151 goals and 184 assists, including 50 power play goals. Those power play goals rank him tenth in Blues history even now.
Mullen was traded to the Calgary Flames in 1986 with Terry Johnson and Rik Wilson for Eddy Beers, Charles Bourgeois and Gino Cavallini and would go on to have a superstar career. He became the second American born player to score 500 goals in his career behind another Blue, Brett Hull.
Mullen would finish his career with 502 goals and 561 assists and was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2000.
While most of his success came away from the Blues, Mullen found his scoring touch with St. Louis and that is good enough to place him on my list.