St. Louis Blues Finally Get Some Consistency From Chris Stewart

By Randy Holt
Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

The St. Louis Blues continue to show the hockey world that they fleeced the Colorado Avalanche when they acquired Kevin Shattenkirk and Chris Stewart for Erik Johnson.

It shows in the fact that Shattenkirk is currently the Blues’ leading scorer. And now that Chris Stewart has finally demonstrated some consistency, it becomes even more of a shame for the Avs that they actually made that swap.

Since coming over to the Blues from Colorado, Stewart hasn’t shown much consistency. He had a season of 64 points in his season before being traded. In 28 games with the Blues after he was sent there during the 2010-11 season, he had 23 points, finishing with 53 for the year. Not bad.

But last year was an awful campaign, by all accounts, for Stewart. He finished with just 30 points in 79 games, as well as crossing the century mark for the first time in his career for penalty minutes. His total PIM was 109, which was by far the highest it had been in his career.

This season, Stewart has gotten back on track. He has 16 points in 22 games with the Blues, including eight goals and eight assists. He’s not starring, but he’s been a steady presence for the Blues this season.

His performance so far has probably sent him on the right track towards earning a new contract this summer. An effective Chris Stewart can be a tremendous asset for this Blues team, at both ends of the ice. It will be interesting to see if he can maintain it, or if he’ll sink back into the abyss that was his 2011-2012 play.

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