#10: Matt D’Agostini
I get the feeling that alot of people will think this is a snub having D’ags in the 10 spot but that’s just how good the talent has been this season. D’Agostini has had another good start to the 2011-12 campaign with 15 points (8-7) in his 37 games. He is still on pace for over 30 points this season but well off the mark he set with an unbelieveable season last year where he came close to recording 50 points. D’Agostini has a rocket which surprises most goaltenders and he has capitalized on his opportunities when he catches those goaltenders off guard. D’Ags has been moved around alot this season. He has played the wings and center and has logged time on each line except for the first line which until recently has almost always been Oshie-Backes-Steen.
Matt has had a few really bad games this season and has been invisible every now and then and thats what prevented him from moving up this list. I think he will have a better second half but still have a few games where he is a non factor but for a solid 3rd line guy like D’Agostini I would still love to have him on my team. He is that guy that can go out and do what you need him to do without being flashy about it. D’Ags could be one of those bottom 6 forwards that is always a factor on this team for years to come hopefully. But at the same time he could also be one of those add-ons in any trade the Blues make towards the deadline.
Other honorable mentions that will not be on this countdown: Ryan Reaves- great 4th line enforcer, Ian Cole- brillant 7th defenseman who is pushing for a spot, and more recently, Evgeny Grachev- finally showing some strong play with his second line minutes, great paired with Berglund.