Youth is king, as goes the saying. The Blues have been touted as of late as being one of the more skilled teams in the league while still managing to be fairly young. How does this work? Youthful health coupled with mental maturity. ESPN, who is not often noted for covering hockey, took notice of the Blues in their annual Top 25 Under 25 list (ESPN Insider subscription required). From Puck Daddy, here is the complete list:
6. RW Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks, 24
7. LW Taylor Hall, Edmonton Oilers, 21
12. C Tyler Seguin, Boston Bruins, 21
14. LW David Perron, St. Louis Blues, 24
15. RW Jeff Skinner, Carolina Hurricanes, 20
16. D Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning, 22
17. LW Milan Lucic, Boston Bruins, 24
18. C Sam Gagner, Edmonton Oilers, 23
20. D Kevin Shattenkirk, St. Louis Blues, 24
21. C Jordan Eberle, Edmonton Oilers, 22
22. C Patrik Berglund, St. Louis Blues, 24
Note well who comes in at numbers 11 (Alex Pietrangelo), 14 (David Perron), 20 (Kevin Shattenkirk), and 22 (Patrik Berglund). Shockingly out of that group, Pietrangelo is the youngest -- but still manages to play like someone with at least a couple more seasons under his belt -- if not more.
How is this tabulated? Career and advanced stats from their career performance, playoffs included. Is this list perfect and without complaint? Of course not, but it is still nice to see four players from the Blues get mentioned, and the Blues are the only team with that many players on the list.