I know it’s a short sample size, but O’Reilly can and should move quickly up this list.
The first and only captain of the Blues to raise a Cup. Last season, he scored the game-winner in Game 7 in Boston.
The six-goal game, the all-star games, and the three Stanley Cup Finals. The man could score. Even in his mid-30’s he came back for a second tour with the Blues and had back-to-back 20 goals seasons.
He led the league in wins in 1979-80 (which also set the single-season record for a St. Louis goalie), and he finished sixth in Hart Trophy voting (awarded to the regular-season MVP).
In 1980-81, Liut set a personal best by winning 33 games en route to a division title for the Blues. That year, his performance between the pipes earned him an All-Star game appearance, a spot on the first All-Star team, a Pearson Award (awarded to the league MVP as voted by the players’ association), and he finished second in Hart Trophy voting to Wayne Gretzky.
Among Blues defensemen, he ranks second all-time in career goals, assists, points, and penalty minutes, and among all Blues players of any position, he ranks first in plus/minus.
His best season, and one of the best seasons by a defenseman in NHL history, was in 1999-2000, when he scored a career-high 62 points, led the league in plus/minus (plus-52), and captained St. Louis to their best regular season in franchise history.
While with the Blues, Unger had eight consecutive seasons where he scored at least 30 goals and 50 points, with his season highs being 41 goals and 83 points. He also played in seven straight All-Star games.
Stutter was a three-time all-star who played in 779 games through 12 seasons and amassed 303 goals and 636 points, both totals good for third in franchise history, while his 1,786 penalty minutes rank first all-time.
MacInnis was a Norris Trophy winner and a two-time first-team All-Star and participated in six All-Star games while in a Blues uniform. He was also one of the greatest defensemen in NHL history.
There is a solid case to be made for Federko being number one. Federko played 927 games over 13 seasons in St. Louis; Bernie Federko recorded 721 assists and 1,073 points in a Blues sweater, both suitable for first place in franchise history.
Hull scored 527 goals as a Blue over a 10-year, 744-game period, ranking first in franchise history. He had three seasons of 70-plus goals, including an 86-goal campaign in 1990-91, the highest single-season goal total by a player other than Gretzky.
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