Here is my 20 in 20 segment where I will focus on 20 players in 20 days for the St. Louis Blues. Today’s players are Barret Jackman and Matt D’Agostini.
Barret Jackman – While being a fighter and enforcer in his early days, Jackman has decreased his fighting and stepped into the shutdown position for the Blues. In 2007-2008 he totaled 93 penalty minutes and has decreased those totals to 57 penalty minutes in 2011-2012. Even though Jackman will put up the offensive numbers like Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk, Jackman’s role on the team is to be the shutdown defender. Jackman is one of the Blues top defensive players during a penalty kill and is the reason why their PK during the 2011-2012 season were able to shutdown 51 power plays in a row back in February and March. Jackman has been reliable as they come with a +/- of +33 in his career. Jackman’s resigned with the Blues a couple weeks before free agency, and easily would have been one of the top shutdown defenseman available. Not only did he sign for 3 more years with the Blues, but took less money as well. At 31 years old, Jackman provides leadership to the young defensive corps and will continue to help guys like Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk, and other young defensive players develop a better defensive game.
Matt D’Agostini – D’Agostini was originally drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in 2005 and went in the 6th round (190th overall). In his first full season, he had 21 points in 55 games with the Canadiens, but the following season his number dropped to just 4 points in 40 games. In that same year during his slump, the Canadiens traded D’Agostini to the Blues for AHL prospect Aaron Palushaj. In 2010-2011, D’Agostini started his first full year as a member of the Blues and couldn’t of impressed more. He finished the season playing in all 82 games with 21 goals and 46 points. In 2011-2012, Blues coaching staff were hoping to use D’Agostini on the top 2 lines, but his play dropped again. D’agostini was plagued by a concussion that kept him up from February 8th to March 31st, but even before then D’Agostini was mostly playing on the third line and not performing up to his potential. While coming back from his injury, D’agostini was dropped to the 4th line and sometimes a healthy scratch. This will be D’Agostini’s final year in his contract with the Blues and needs to bounce back to earn a spot on the roster. He has potential to be a top 6 forward, but his inconsistency has kept him from a for sure roster spot. Also with some of the Blues young prospects stepping into the roster, D’Agostini may become a trade piece in the future.
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