Over the course of the last few years, the Blues have had a knack for developing great defensemen. They are well on their way to developing another in rookie Vince Dunn.
The Blues have an impressive group of talent on the back end. Rookie Vince Dunn sure seems to have a grip on his playmaking abilities, but he is not always in place to showcase that offensive skill. Regardless, Dunn plays well in every situation.
Dunn finds himself on the power play here and there, and I think that’s where he is most exciting, on the man advantage. He’s no slouch defensively and I trust him on the penalty kill as well.
Having played 46 games this season, Vince Dunn has 4 goals and 7 helpers. The rookie holds a +7 rating. He’s got great hockey sense and makes the most of every shift. He’s a very offensive-minded defenseman, and it seems he is encouraged to act on those offensive instincts of his.
The 21-year-old is in good company learning from great players like Joel Edmundson, Colton Parayko, and captain Alex Pietrangelo. We can’t forget about veteran Jay Bouwmeester either. This an excellent group of smart defensemen that split the workload on a nightly basis.
Let’s take a look at his past, and get a better idea of what kind of player he really is. Vince Dunn was the 56th overall pick of the second round for St. Louis in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Blues locked him in with a three-year entry-level contract.
Prior to playing in the AHL, Vince played for the Niagara Ice Dogs of the OHL for three seasons (2013-14 to 2015-16). In 183 OHL games, Dunn scored 35 times and registered 97 assists for a total of 132 points.
Vince only played one season in the AHL but he led the Chicago Wolves defense in scoring that season. In a total of 72 games in 2016-17, He totaled 45 points (13 goals and 32 helpers). His statistics directly reflect what kind of player he is. He is dynamic.
Vince has a lot of potential, and if it weren’t for St. Louis Blues deep defensive core, we’d see Dunn on the score sheet a lot more. In the future; I would expect Dunn to flourish as an NHL player.
His style is fitting for today’s game. While providing that offensive threat, he is also very responsible defensively. Something that really stands out to me is how easy Dunn makes the position look. He’s one heck of a rookie, and he has proved that he deserves to be out on the ice.
In a recent article from Bleedin’ Blue; Todd Panula states, “If a player is clearly one of your best 12 forwards or your best 6 defensemen, you keep them in. Dunn is exactly that right now”. In the article, he compares Vince’s rookie campaign to those of Parayko & Edmundson. Todd brings it to our attention that this is nothing new for the Blues.
We’ve recently seen Parayko and Edmundson come into the league and do the same thing. While fans waited for them to fail due to lack of experience, the defensemen simply excelled. It’s an easy decision to keep both in St. Louis. The same story is playing out for Vince.