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Shattenkirk's Vision a "Game-Changer"

by Chris Pinkert / St. Louis Blues

If you’re not having much success with your DraftKings daily fantasy hockey league, perhaps you should add Blues defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk to your club.

Since returning from a lower-body injury on Nov. 7, Shattenkirk ranks third among all NHL defensemen in points (13), scoring four goals and nine assists. On Dec. 8 against the Arizona Coyotes, Shattenkirk had a goal and an assist for his third multi-point game of the year.

That’s some solid production from a blueliner, and it’s probably only going to get better.

Blues Head Coach Ken Hitchcock said he’s getting up to speed after returning from injury, but he still has more to go.

“He’s getting close. He’s there vision-wise, he’s there skill-wise,” Hitchcock said. “His anticipation skating is getting back to the level he was at before. Getting back up to the physical conditioning he needs to play at, he’s getting closer and closer to that now. "

According to Hitchcock, Shattenkirk’s vision on the ice is a game-changer.

“He sees what other people are on the ice and what options there are,” Hitchcock said. “It’s a very unique, God-given talent.”

HONORABLE MENTION

Since Nov. 12, Blues forward Vladimir Tarasenko has scored nine goals and five assists, pushing him to third in the NHL in goals, helping him keep pace for Dallas’ Jamie Benn and Chicago’s Patrick Kane atop the NHL scoring race.

Tarasenko ranks third overall as of Dec. 9, and continues to be a difference-maker, even when the Blues offense has stalled a bit. When it comes to top-end forwards in your fantasy league, Tarasenko deserves a spot on your team.

UPCOMING SCHEDULE


The Blues are playing nearly every other day from now until the All-Star break, with only a three-day break in between for Christmas. That means 24 games in 46 days (including the holiday break), which presents plenty of opportunities for Shattenkirk and Tarasenko to keep racking up points.

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