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Chris Stewart fancies himself a goal scorer

Aug 20, 2012, 1:52 PM EDT

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Blues forward Chris Stewart showed during his time in Colorado he’s capable of being a solid goal scorer. Back in 2009-10 he potted 28 goals.

Since being traded to St. Louis during the 2010-11 season, however, things have been a bit tougher for Stewart to find the back of the net. In his 95 games as a Blue he has 30 goals and he tells Dave Lozo of NHL.com he feels he’s capable of being the goal scoring threat St. Louis needs.

“You can’t really read into the hype or the hoopla. Everyone’s entitled to write what they want. I do see myself as a goal-scorer in this League. That’s something I can do. I think this year was a learning experience and a good year learning how to be a pro and what you’ve got to do to be successful in this League and look toward next year.”

Blues coach Ken Hitchcock blamed Stewart’s struggles last season on being out of shape. Provided Stewart gets to the level of fitness the coach wants and pushes his game, he can be one of the offensive answers for the Blues.

Talk is cheap though and if the results don’t come, he might wind up re-living last season’s struggles from the bench.

  1. jacketsfan7 - Aug 20, 2012 at 2:55 PM

    To me he’s more of a power forward

  2. cosmoandmelovepens - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:13 PM

    Looks like one.

  3. phillyphan93 - Aug 20, 2012 at 3:55 PM

    I dont get it, he scored 28 goals in 82 games with Colorado and scored 30 in 95 with the Blues, seems about the same pace to me. Why is this a story?

    • danphipps01 - Aug 20, 2012 at 8:14 PM

      Joe’s phrasing cuts out a somewhat important detail – the first fifteen goals came in just 26 games after he was traded at the deadline in the 2010-11 season. The next fifteen took him fully 79 games to accumulate.

      The problem is that he USED to look like he was just a year or two from being a forty-goal scorer. Now he’s a relatively middling third-liner with occasional flashes of skill.

  4. bbk1000 - Aug 20, 2012 at 6:05 PM

    “Chris Stewart fancies himself a goal scorer”

    This is great….

  5. spetznaz777 - Aug 20, 2012 at 11:54 PM

    seems like confidence and maturity are the issue here. seems like after breaking his hand he was tentative and didnt want to be physical and take chances. then he gets his confidence back and then gets the suspension for the hit on kronwall. powerforwards are a pain and are never seem to do what you want them to do. as soon as the season ended he got ramped up his workout and hired a nutritionist so hopefully there will be some results.

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