Kyrou shines with 11 points in five games.
The thermometer read Minus -8 at puck drop. Jordan Kyrou got a thermal scan before the game started and he broke the scanner. He has been red hot for the St. Louis Blues as of late and that streak continued under the stars at Target Field in Minneapolis, Minnesota. After missing seven games (including three that were postponed) because of an upper-body injury, Kyrou has announced his return with a sonic boom.
Kyrou’s star is on the rise as the NHL announced him as the first, first star of 2022. Scoring seven points in two games for the week ending January Second, 2022, including two goals and two assists in the second period of the Discover Winter Classic. He set an outdoor record for points in a period and a game.
For St Louis fans, this is a no-brainer that is way late. Starting in 2021, the Toronto Native showed the Note faithful that he had jets for skates. Nicknamed Jordan Ky-gooo by the BlueNote Fan report, a local vodcast on Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
Just as his star was shooting upward in 2021, the Blues were shooting somewhere towards mediocrity.
The Blues head coach Craig Berube seemed to have zero patience with his younger players as they either had their minutes reduced, or were stuck trying to score from the press box, or worse, the death sentence and being sent to the taxi squad or the teams temporary minor league team.
The global pandemic had caused the Blues, New Minor league affiliate, the Springfield Thunderbirds to cancel their season. It forced the Blues to share the AHL’s Utica Comets during the 2021 season. This put an even greater strain on the franchise and its head coach.
The Blues and Kyrou saw their season end in disappointment as the evil empire, Colorado Avalanche, swept them in the first round. Kyrou’s first full season in the National, saw him record 35 points (14G, 21A) in 55 games. While not electrifying, it was good enough for fifth on the team.
In 2021-22 with just 32 games played, Kyrou has eclipsed last year’s numbers. Fourteen Goals, 22 Assists for 36 points, and counting. He has two game-winning goals, including the Winter classic. He is on pace for 37 goals, 58 Assists, and 95 points.
During the Sunday Showcase game on NHL Network, he became just the eleventh player to score the winning goal when his team was trailing with less than a minute remaining. After drawing the slashing penalty with :47 seconds remaining while then assisting on the tying goal to beat the division rival Dallas Stars.
The Blues back on the power-play and overtime looming, Kyrou and his mates wasted no time, really just :18 seconds later he sent a hard pass across the net that hit a Dallas defender then found the back of the net to light the lamp.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) January 9, 2022
Kyrou, 23, has shined with 11 points in his last five games. He leads the team in points despite being 13th in average ice time. Every time he steps onto the ice, you almost expect something big to happen. Kyrou has shown he is not afraid of the big stage and he can make the most out of each opportunity.
In the last two weeks, they have paired him with Robert Thomas, also a star on the rise. Sniper Vladimir Tarasenko joined them for three games, because of Covid protocols. But the same quarantine that put Tarasenko on a line with them also removed him. The Russian superstar tested positive himself, after a disastrous third period in Pittsburgh on Wednesday night on January fifth.
Berube just replace the sniper, with the best center and two-way player on the team, Ryan O’Reilly. While Kyrou and Thomas shined with Tarasenko, they did not miss a beat with ROR. The line helped lead the team to two victories and four points.
Kyrou has speed, silky mitts, and a solid shot. He uses these tools to be in the right spot at the right time. His youth is serving him well this season, as he continues to make his own puck luck. The versatile forward can play anywhere in the lineup with anyone. He also matches up well with other teams’ top lines or on the fourth line mucking it up.
With Kyrou on the ice, the Blues have added the stretch pass to their arsenal. He can use his speed to get into the neutral zone ahead of the defense and with pace, enter the offensive zone. This has allowed him numerous breakaways and one-on-one opportunities that keep the lamp lit. Illustrated in this tweet from the St. Louis Blues on December 29th, against the vaunted Edmonton Oilers.
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) December 30, 2021
Kyrou, along with Thomas, Klim Kostin, and Scott Perunovich, are all under 25 years old and are St. Louis draft picks. this young talent, along with the gritty veterans, who know how to win a cup, should bold well for the Blues. GM Doug Armstrong has made a lot of good moves in the last two years or so and it could pay off in July.
Kyrou could just be scratching the surface on his potential. He has the tools and now has a coach who understands how to use those tools. If he makes a mistake out there, he is not worried about getting sent down or being a healthy scratch. He now knows his coach and his teammates trust him and he is elevating his game every night.
This might have been his first, first star of the week, but it will not be his last.
Till next time hockey fans,
Guy “Hawaii Hockey Fan” Bensing