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Behind The Bench: Matt D’Agostini

by on 07/20/2011

Born: October 23, 1986
Ht: 6’0″
Wt: 201 Lbs
Draft: 190th overall by the Montreal Canadiens in 2005
Plays For: St. Louis Blues, Right Wing, Shoots Right
Jersey No.: #36

NHL Stats

Regular Season: 183 GP – 35 G – 36 A – 71 P
Playoffs: 3 GP – 0 G – 0 A – 0 P

If you “googled” Matt D’Agostini, what would you find?

You’d find his hockey statistics and some photos of him. That’s about it.

What else did you expect?

Matt D’Agostini was drafted in the 6th round of the 2005 Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He tallied 25 points in 94 games over parts of three seasons with the Canadiens before he was traded at the 2010 trade deadline to the St. Louis Blues in exchange for Aaron Palushaj. D’Agostini skated in 7 games with the Blues to finish the 09/10 season but failed to record a single point.

D’Agostini got a fresh start with the Blues in the 10/11 season. He started the season strong with 4 goals and 2 assists in the first 9 games of the season but disappeared after October. He posted 9 goals and 13 assists in 53 games over the next 4 months and it wasn’t until the end of the season that D’Agostini caught fire again. He scored 8 goals and tallied 10 assist in his last 20 games. He finished the season with a career highs in goals (21), assists (25) and points (46).

At times, D’Agostini was the Blues best player, other times, he struggled mightily. He can be a key contributor in those key moments but he needs to do it on a more consistent basis. At this point in time, D’Agostini is nothing more than a few flashes of brilliance.

During the offseason, the Blues rewarded D’Agostini for his “flashes” with a two-year contract extension. The Blues are hoping with the confidence D’Agostini gained this past season, he’ll be able to continue contributing offensively and be a difference maker in key situations. D’Agostini will most likely start the season on the third line with Jason Arnott and Alex Steen and should see time on the power play. If D’Agostini has indeed found his confidence and consistency, he’ll force head coach, Davis Payne, to use him in more of a offensive role and slot him in with Jamie Langenbrunner and Vladimir Tarasenko for the second-line, right wing position.

D’Agostini doesn’t excel at any one aspect of the game, but is technically sound in all areas of the game and plays a smart brand of hockey. He is the type of player that understands what role he has before he steps on the ice. D’Agostini is an average sized forward who is a smooth skater. He possesses a nice shot and has good hands. He isn’t known for his stick handling but has shown flashes of his ability on shoot-out’s and breakaway goals.

Don’t let his career -24 misled you. D’Agostini is a reliable two-way forward who can play all situations from the power play to the penalty kill. Although D’Agostini hasn’t been used in a penalty killing role, he has shown in his junior career he is capable. D’Agostini also does all the little things a coach loves, like shot blocking and finishing his checks. He only needs keep the consistency he found late last season and he could become a dependable second-line winger who chips in 50 points a season.

STP is picking Matt D’Agostini as our right winger, dark horse for the upcoming NHL season. We believe he’s found his consistency and has the confidence he was missing and we expect him to score 25 goals and reach 55 points next season.

Behind The Bench appears Monday to Friday only on puckpuckgoose.com.

Edited by: John Jasinski
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