NHL: T.J. Oshie
When you think of American NHLers, states like Massachusetts, New York, Minnesota and Michigan often come to mind first.
But Mount Vernon, Washington has produced a potential star in T.J. Oshie.
Weight 195 lbs
Birthdate December 23, 1986
Birthplace Mount Vernon, Washington
Draft 2005 – Round 1 (24 overall) by St. Louis
Oshie was born in Washington and moved to Warroad, Minnesota, where he really developed as a hockey player growing up.
The center led Warroad High School to Minnesota State Class A titles in 2003 and 2005. AS a senior, he led all state high school players in scoring with 100 points in 31 games.
Oshie played for the Sioux Falls Stampede for 11 games before the St. Louis Blue drafted him 24th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.
Oshie played college hockey at North Dakota with the Fighting Sioux. In his freshman year, he set a school record and led the NCAA with nine game-winning goals.
Oshie developed a reputation as a gifted scorer who also worked extremely hard and was a great team player.
He carried that rep into the NHL.
He debuted with the Blues in 2008-09 and got comfortable very quickly, notching 14 goals and 39 points in 57 games.
Oshie set career highs with 18 goals and 48 points in 2009-10.
He was on his way to his best numbers yet in 2010-11 before a broken ankle derailed his season. Oshie hasn’t reached his full potential yet but the pivot is still just 24 years old and playing on a Blues team full of young talent.
He’s emerged as a real fan favorite because of his energetic style and the consensus around the league is that we’ve only seen the beginning of what he can do.