Video: Lauding Colton Parayko’s New Five-Year Deal With Some Memorable Moments

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.

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  • geoff

    That’s one. Now is Edmundson locked up or soon to be locked up?

  • Robert Cowgill

    Parayko may be better than Pronger..
    He is a rare talent without question..
    I wouldn’t be shocked if a Norris trophy is in his near future..I also liked the Ryan Reeves trade as Reeves is no good and Pittsburgh will, in my view, deeply regret their miscues..I also liked the trade with the Flyers quite a lot..Schenn is a proven special teams scorer while Lehtera is not very good..I did not like who the Blues drafted first though..Projected second rounders should not go in the first round..
    I like the Russian prospect though..I’ll bet they never regret that one..I suppose we’ll see how it goes..

    • chimthegrim

      I agree with you mostly, but when it comes to drafting teams tend to draft according to their needs. That’s why Kostin didn’t draft in the top 10 and Thomas drafted at 20. The Blues need play-making centers because they are stacked on their wings. Also, getting Kostin was luck as most teams don’t want to flip a coin on whether he will play in Russia or the NHL, or their needs were something else like good defensemen. With how the blues drafted, I’d say it was great for the team overall. We’ll see how it plays out in a few years.

      • Robert Cowgill

        Time will tell for sure..My only concern with the Thomas pick is that most scouts had him a second round pick and, since most of the GMs I hear try to draft the best player available, I think they could have done better..Kostin was impressive at summer camp I read..
        I’m not sure how the Blues want to proceed here and I know they need talent at forward..I feel really good about the defensive core and goalie although Jay B is much over regarded in my view..I think philosophy matters too….Hindsight is 20/20 but I thought that Grant Mismash was a much better pick and he went later than projected..
        I was really surprised that Vilardi, Mittlestadt, Tippet and Hague slipped so far..Overall, I think the Blues are in a good place if they can decide how they want to proceed I think..cheers