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Blues' T.J. Oshie eyes US Olympic team spot
Thu, 12 Dec 2013 08:44:33 +0000
St. Louis, MO, United States (4E Sports) - With his strong play and a renewed drive this season, St. Louis Blues forward T.J. Oshie has put himself in a position for a spot in the US team for the 2014 Sochi Olympics.
"I think now I've put myself in a good position to where I've established myself as an NHL player," Oshie said. "Now it just comes down to me playing the same way and playing well."
Through 29 games, the 5-11, 189-pound Oshie has 26 points, which is his best pace in his sixth season. His 22 assists ranked eighth in the NHL through Tuesday.
Oshie's strong play has been noticed by Pittsburgh Penguins and USA coach Dan Bylsma.
"Maybe there's a different case for T.J. Oshie than you might have had going into this season," Bylsma said when the Penguins played in St. Louis in early November. "… With Oshie's grit and speed, it doesn't go long right now to not see his skill as well in his game."
Oshie, who has 74 goals and 221 points in 321 career games, is on pace for a 75-point season, which would be a career-best.
However, Oshie credited his linemates David Backes and Alexander Steen for his outstanding play this season.
"They have a huge part to do with that," said Oshie, the 24th pick in the 2005 NHL Draft. "I think I've been getting more than usual time on the power play this year, and I think that's given me some points."
In 2012, the Blues signed Oshie to five-year, $20.875 million contract, showing the faith that they had in him.
"I think it's just a natural progression," Blues general manager Doug Armstrong said. "I think [Oshie's] much more comfortable now, he's the type of player he can be and the type of player that can excel in the NHL."