Shattenkirk stepped in and has been exactly what the Blues had hoped for from Johnson with his offensive production along with a very underrated physical presence. His penalty minutes are not many, though he did record 60 just two years ago, but he's not afraid to take a physical approach when necessary. His ice time has dipped about 1:30 a game from last year to 19:40/game, but his scoring pace is up from a .48 to a .72 point per game average. An improved surrounding cast has allowed Shattenkirk to open it up a bit more offensively. He's already close to matching his points, penalty minutes and powerplay points output from last season in nearly half the games played. His quick decision making allows him to thrive on the powerplay where about 40% of his points have come since he arrived in St. Louis. Don't overlook his defensive play, though, as in just over two full seasons with the Blues, he's coming in at +33.
A product of Boston University and the United States Development Program, Shattenkirk has always shown offensive ability, but what doesn’t receive enough recognition is his fantastic skating ability and willingness to stick his nose in the tough areas. He takes hits to make plays and doesn't hesitate to step in for teammates. He has been the model of consistency this season, as he has points in 16 of the 26 games he's played thus far. With a solid young core of players like Alex Pietrangelo, Jake Allen, Chris Stewart, T.J. Oshie, Jaden Schwartz, Vladimir Tarasenko and Patrik Berglund, surrounded by veterans such as David Backes, Barret Jackman, Jay Bouwmeester and Alex Steen, the St. Louis Blues appear primed to make a serious Cup run any time now.