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Steen staying humble through incredible start

Oct 29, 2013, 9:33 AM EDT

Alexander Steen #20 of the St. Louis Blues is introduced prior to playing against the Detroit Red Wings at the Scottrade Center on January 19, 2013 in St. Louis, Missouri.
(January 18, 2013 - Source: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images North America) Getty Images

In the shortened 2013 campaign, Alexander Steen had eight goals in 40 games and his career-high is 24 markers set in 2009-10. This season the 29-year-old forward already has 10 goals in nine games.

That hot start matches what Brett Hull accomplished early in 1989-90 and 1990-91 when he went on to net 72 and 86 goals respectively.

“I don’t think we should be comparing myself to Brett Hull,” Steen told reporters, according to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

Clearly, Steen isn’t going to score 70 or more goals this season. He’s going to cool down at some point and have some goal scoring slumps over the course of the season. He also has a 38.5 shooting percentage, which in all likelihood isn’t even close to the realm of sustainability.

At the same time, what he’s accomplished already is remarkable and raises questions about if the former first round pick has managed to take his game a notch higher.

For his part, Steen is giving linemates David Backes and T.J. Oshie a lot of the credit for his accomplishments.

“I’m enjoying playing with those two,” Steen said. “They work extremely hard. It’s been a pleasure for me to play with those two. Osh’s efforts on the forecheck, Backes’ reads and hits is what is creating all these situations for me.”

On top of that, just being allowed to stay on one line as opposed to being shuffled around has boosted Steen’s confidence.

That trio is likely to stick together tonight against the Winnipeg Jets.

  1. blackhawks2010 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:26 AM

    Steen looks great, complete hockey player. Blues have definitely upped their game this year, remind me of the 2009 Blackhawks, the year before our 2010 Cup.

  2. edwelsh8 - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:27 AM

    Alex Steen was not a first overall pick. He was selected 24th overall by Toronto.

    • peterjohnjoseph - Oct 29, 2013 at 10:54 AM

      I’m not sure if Ryan corrected the article, but if not it does say “first round pick”, not “first overall pick”.

      • edwelsh8 - Oct 29, 2013 at 12:13 PM

        He made the correction after my post

  3. LampyB - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:15 AM

    Steen has been my fantasy sleeper over the past two seasons. He wasnt even drafted. Now he’s blow up and everyone’s paying attention!!

  4. pdmjr - Oct 29, 2013 at 11:39 AM

    Does “Steen” have a first name? Really isn’t it Tomas?

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