Geek of the Week: Oshie Posterboy for Consistency

Scott Royce

2021-03-14

Over the past decade or so, there's been a plethora of elite American-born hockey players that have developed as top stars in the National Hockey League. Amongst those players, TJ Oshie has been one of the most consistent and exciting players to watch, and I would even go as far to say he could be considered a "posterboy" for American hockey. 

Oshie was drafted in the mega-loaded 2005 NHL Entry Draft in the first round with the 24th overall pick by the St. Louis Blues. In just about any other draft year Oshie would likely have been taken much earlier, but the talent pool was loaded thanks to the prior year's draft being cancelled thanks to the lockout. 

After being drafted, Oshie opted to finish his education and play two more season for the University of North Dakota. After wrapping things up there, in the fall of 2008 he was off to Blues' training camp with hopes to crack the roster for opening night. The Blues were undergoing a youth movement at the time and were starting usher in many of their young prospects. 

Alongside fellow rookies like David Perron, Patrik Berglund, and Alex Pietrangelo, Oshie enjoyed a solid debut with the Blues. In 57 games, Oshie notched 14 goals and added 25 helpers for 39 points. Oshie quickly became a fan favorite in St. Louis as fans gushed over his high-end speed and energetic play. One of his goals in his rookie season was even nominated as goal of the year as he carved apart the Vancouver Canucks defense and then outwaited goaltender Roberto Luongo for a jaw-dropping goal. 

Oshie continued to produce at a pretty steady pace, but early in the 2010-11 season Oshie hit a roadblock when he broke his ankle during a fight with Sami Pahlsson. Unfortunately for Oshie and the Blues, this caused a three-month absence. Despite the setback, Oshie came back later that year and regained his form and continued to score at the same pace he had been achieving up to this point. 

Oshie continued his time with the Blues and became known for his consistent play. After a lockout-shortened campaign in 2012-13, the 2013-14 season proved to be a breakout year. For the first time in his career, Oshie got over the 20-goal plateau, hitting 21 in total. On top of that he also amassed 39 assists, which to this day is still a career high. This marked the first and only time Oshie would hit 60 points in a season. The Blues and Oshie had found great chemistry alongside linemates Alexander Steen and