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Fanspeak: Brett Hull voted greatest Blue in franchise history

Aug 12, 2014, 5:35 PM EDT

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This summer, NBC Sports’ social media team is conducting the #NHLGreatest initiative, designed for fans to choose the best player in each franchise’s history. Balloting was conducted through three platforms — Facebook, Twitter and Instagram — with thousands of votes being cast. The results of this initiative will be released throughout the month of August, in conjunction with PHT’s Team of the Day series.

St. Louis Blues

1. Brett Hull — 1,099 votes

2. Al MacInnis — 267 votes

3. Wayne Gretzky — 175 votes

4. T.J. Oshie — 93 votes

It’s probably not a shock that The Golden Brett came away with the victory here.

Hull is the franchise’s all-time leader in goals with 527, third in games played and second in points behind fellow Hall of Famer Bernie Federko.

Curiously enough, Federko didn’t even make Top 4 on the vote even though he was the franchise’s all-time leader in scoring. He also netted the Blues the centerman that helped lead Hull to three consecutive 70-plus goal seasons, including 86 in 1990-91, in Adam Oates as he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for the young upstart pivot. The combination of Hull and Oates helped give the Blues some of the most prolific offense the franchise has ever seen in the early 90s.

Now that he’s back with the team as an executive vice president, Hull’s place with the franchise is solidified.

MacInnis checking in second in our vote shows the mark he left in St. Louis. Originally a Calgary Flame, he brought his wicked slap shot and leadership to a Blues team that had a young Chris Pronger that needed some guidance. Incredibly, he played 10 seasons with the Blues after spending 13 with Calgary and won the Norris Trophy in 1999.

We’re assuming you guys were joking around with all the votes for Gretzky. His 31 total games with the Blues (regular season and playoffs) in 1995-96 couldn’t have been that impressive.

  1. bluesdroogie - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Cant believe Federko did not get that many votes and depressed that Oshie received as many as he did. Sure Oshie I decent but nowhere near one of the Greatest Blues of All-time.

  2. patthehockeyfan - Aug 12, 2014 at 5:43 PM

    Jeez. Hull should have been the #1, #2, #3 and #4 vote-getter. That any other names appeared on the list is a surprise.

  3. nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:11 PM

    Gretzky getting votes for greatest Blue is similar to Messier getting greatest Canuck votes. Unless people thought the question was: Who is the greatest player ever to play for______? If it was: What player contributed most to the _____? then 99 and 11 getting Blues and Canucks votes is silly.

  4. rushledger - Aug 12, 2014 at 6:43 PM

    If they get a conn smythe worthy player to lead them to the cup that would shake this voters landscape all around instantly.

  5. navyeoddavee9 - Aug 12, 2014 at 7:35 PM

    Gretzky played what 30+ games for the Blues, he might be the greatest of all time, but probably shouldn’t have made this list

  6. elrock7 - Aug 12, 2014 at 8:58 PM

    Funny, I forgot he played for the Blues.

  7. elrock7 - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:04 PM

    this just in…Paul Stastny voted 4th best blue ever!

  8. beepbeepbeeplgb - Aug 12, 2014 at 9:06 PM

    With Oshie getting votes and Federko not getting any,obviously this was mostly young people voting.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Aug 13, 2014 at 4:11 AM

      And only users of certain websites, so lots of folks were left out.

  9. jmillmac - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    “Mostly young people” voting in an Internet poll? You don’t say?

  10. luz56 - Aug 12, 2014 at 11:19 PM

    Hull Federko Unger Sutter ….Barkley boys were pretty good too… Fan polls are biased to today’s voter.. A better poll would be the past 20 years and the last 20 current years

    • rmccleary97 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      Who are the Barkley boys? I think you mean Plager boys.

  11. florida76 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:41 AM

    The St. Louis Blues have certainly underperformed big time during their franchise history, and there’s just not much to choose from in this category. Hull was a HOF lock, but nowhere close to one of the greatest of all time.

    It’s difficult to fathom how a sports franchise could never win the ultimate prize coming up on a half century of existence. As was noted before, the three Cup Finals appearances are deceiving since all the expansion clubs were tossed in a division, and the “winner” automatically reached the Finals.

    • rmccleary97 - Aug 13, 2014 at 12:12 PM

      Not that difficult at all – especially when you realize the NHL was much more prone to long runs of titles into the early 90s. The bigger thing is that in the last 44 years, the Blues have had exactly two (2) trips to the conference finals, neither one resulting in a trip to the Finals. The only team that’s arguably worse is Toronto, with 4 trips to the CF and 0 to the Finals – but at least it has 13 Cups to fall back on. The Blues don’t even have a SCF win to point to.

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