He looks like a young Ivan Drago and he slaps 104-mph shots at opposing players. He’s now also a St. Louis Blue for the next five seasons.
That’s right, Note fans; Colton Parayko’s howitzer will be on display in Scottrade Center for years to come after the club announced the defenseman’s new five-year, $27.5 million contract early Thursday.
“We are pleased to have Colton as part of our group for the next five seasons,” Blues GM Doug Armstrong said. “He has made tremendous progress over the last two years and possesses all the tools to be a very good NHL defenseman.”
Indeed, as Parayko upped his game this past 2016-17 season to 35 points (four goals, 31 assists) through 81 games. While the goal tallies aren’t setting the world ablaze, the fact his slap shot can explode a sternum serves as a feasible detractor to opposing teams:
Will Parayko be the next Al MacInnis? Those are tough shoes for anyone to fill, but like Armstrong said, he’s certainly got the tools. He’s also amassed four goals and eight assists through 12 career postseason games, which he’ll likely add to over his new contract.
Yahoo Sports’ Puck Daddy editor and frequent 101ESPN guest, Greg Wyshynski praised the deal, citing the value the Blues are receiving for one of the NHL’s best young defensemen. “There’s a lot to love here with this deal for the Blues, because there’s a lot to love about Parayko,” Wyshynski recently wrote.
It’s easy to agree with Army and Wyshynski’s assessments, as Parayko’s already shown lots of potential through just 160 regular season games. The deal certainly seems like one most Blues fans will get behind.