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Blues have arguably the best duo of young, offensive defensemen

Jul 18, 2012, 5:38 PM EDT

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There are just six defensemen still under the age of 26 who recorded at least 40 points last season. Two of them are members of the St. Louis Blues.

Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk both broke out in 2010-11 and followed it up with similar numbers last season. They combined for 94 points in 2011-12 on a team that ranked in the bottom third in terms of goals scored.

On top of that, Pietrangelo is just 22 years old while Shattenkirk is 23, so the duo could be with the St. Louis Blues for a very, very long time. Of course, someone might have said the same thing about Shea Weber and Ryan Suter just a few years ago.

Pietrangelo and Shattenkirk are scheduled to become restricted free agents next summer. It would be shocking if the Blues were unable to retain their services, but it will give us our first real insight into their long-term intentions. Will they be interested in signing extremely long-term contracts — if that option is still available under the new CBA — or will they lean towards signing shorter deals so that they can retain the option of eventually testing the unrestricted free agent waters?

Part of that could depend on how the St. Louis Blues do next season. They seem like a franchise on the rise, but if they struggle to get anywhere in the playoffs, then their young, talented players might be less inclined to make a long-term commitment.

For now though, the Blues can enjoy having arguably the best young duo of offensive defensemen.

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  1. lenoceur - Jul 18, 2012 at 5:52 PM

    The Blues franchise has shown little interest in extremely long contracts. 4-year deals have been about the max they’ve done. Pietrangelo, more so than Shattenkirk, will test that operating philosophy.

  2. spetznaz777 - Jul 18, 2012 at 6:53 PM

    yeah but thats while ownership was in limbo and the uncertainty about money but now they have the financial stability to do so.

  3. cheers4ablumpkin - Jul 18, 2012 at 7:33 PM

    What about the capitals

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 18, 2012 at 8:47 PM

      lol what about the capitals?

  4. bcjim - Jul 18, 2012 at 9:57 PM

    Green/Carlson > Any 2 Blues in an “offensive defenseman” contest. Thats what.

    • bluesrawesome - Jul 18, 2012 at 10:36 PM

      maybe offense but not defense. Where was Green in norris voting? Petro was 4th.

      • rsl22 - Jul 18, 2012 at 11:41 PM

        Green was injured, but was 2nd twice for Norris. He’ll be back, hopefully.

        Fact is, Orlov is gonna be Caps best defender. Still 20 years old, had 19 points in first season (60 games). Has an absolute canon, just has to hit the net a bit more. Was best defender at World Junior tourney. Legit.

    • spetznaz777 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:11 AM

      well youd have to scrath green cuz whens the last time he played more than 40 games.

      • spetznaz777 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:14 AM

        i checked my facts. green he made 49 pnts last year ok. carlson hes never made over the 40 pnt mark yet. my point is shattdeueces and petro are on the rise green and carlson are on the decline just lik washoutington. g-bye.

  5. charleslouis99 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:26 AM

    lol pietro is already more complete then green ever will be green tries to play too mmuch defense he could end up like Ian laperriere if he’s not careful diving to block a shot is not good with your body flat on the ice head towards shooter= not smart
    I’d take any blues defenseman over a caps d-man anyday and everyday

  6. charleslouis99 - Jul 19, 2012 at 2:27 AM

    o and pietro was also the best
    d-man at the world juniors a year ago

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