As we continue our countdown of the Blues’ most outstanding players ever, we’ve got some tough decisions in ranking the top 20.
As the Blues celebrate their 50th anniversary this season, we’ve been counting down our 50 players in franchise history, assembling a list that takes into account a player’s raw success while playing with the Blues, the difficulty of the era he played in, his popularity with and lasting impact on the fan base, and the amount of time that he spent in St. Louis. We’ve already revealed players 50-21, and now we’re counting down players 20-11.
This is where the decisions start to get tough. There are quite a few players here who really made ever-lasting impacts on the franchise, and it’s somewhat troubling to have to leave a few guys out of the top 10. On the other hand, though, it’s a wonderful reminder of how many great players have played for the Blues over their 50-year history (and how frustrating it is that the franchise still has yet to win a Stanley Cup.)
We get things started with a player who was trending toward bust status when he arrived in St. Louis, but has since entrenched himself as one of the better forwards in Blues franchise history: