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Jordan Kyrou Exploding

Jordan Kyrou Exploding
MINNEAPOLIS, MN – JANUARY 01: St. Louis Blues Right Wing Jordan Kyrou (25) celebrates his second period goal during the 2022 NHL Winter Classic between the St. Louis Blues and the Minnesota Wild on January 1, 2022 at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

When it comes to young talent in today’s game, Jordan Kyrou is exploding onto the scene as of late. Early on in his career with the St Louis Blues, it was clear he had great potential. He was drafted in the second round as the 35th overall pick in 2016. It was a bold choice for the Blues to use the pick they acquired from Calgary to draft Kyrou. While Alex DeBrincat, and a few others were left on the board. Now after a few years, it appears to have paid off in a big way. Doug Armstrong knew what he was doing, like usual.

Early Pro Career

After finally getting his call up to the Blues, Jordan really made some strides early. His explosiveness and speed really were something to marvel at. Early on though it was clear he still hadn’t gained the presence of mind on the ice. His difficulties lead to a handful of turnovers and not a lot of playing time early on. The coaching staff loved what they saw. His limited time on the ice still allowed him to prove he has strong base abilities. As he progressed and learned his game and what he needed to be done he got more playing time. Until an injury caused him to have to go down to the San Antonio Rampage for rehabbing.

Recent Play

His youth and energetic play are still very much alive. But his maturity on the ice has grown. Fewer turnovers and more aggressive play off the puck have led to a lot more ice time for him. Last season he averaged 14:25 of on-ice time, while this season he is averaging a whole 2 minutes more. Of course, more ice time generally leads to a lower +/- but Kyrou is having his best season yet in that regard. Currently at a +8. On top of the better play off the puck while in the defensive zone, he has increased his scoring chances too. In just 32 games he’s matched his career high for a single season in goals.

Of course, as you get more time your stats should improve. And his maturity has impacted that immensely. With his minimal playoff time in the NHL, he’s yet to really show what he can do in major high-profile games. If there were any doubts in fans’ minds about his clutch abilities, he silenced them on New Year’s Day this year. In the frozen tundra that is Minnesota, Kyrou put on a clinic the Winter Classic against the Wild. He picked up 2 goals and 2 assists. But his impressive play continued after that. As he enters the Blues first game against Seattle Kraken on 1/13, he has a 5 game point streak.

Conclusion

It has been said by many, Kyrou has the potential for a breakaway or a highlight goal every time he touches the puck. Fortunately, he continues to improve and gain even more ice time and enjoys putting on a display for the fans. As he continues to improve his play, it should be fun to watch him turn into an even more elite player. Back in August of 2021, the Blues did sign a 2-year contract with him. As his play gets better, so will his cost though. For now, Blues fans will just enjoy the show, including the one he will be putting on in the 2022 All Star game in Las Vegas.

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