Jay Bouwmeester D STL Aug 27 '79

Jay Bouwmeester has been a perfect partner for the talented Alex Pietrangelo.

Since Bouwmeester arrived last season and was paired with Pietrangelo, the 23-year-old defenseman has played like a Norris Trophy candidate. Bouwmeester uses his size, speed and smarts to slow the game down and takes a bit of the load off of Pietrangelo to move the puck up the ice. Blues' coach Ken Hitchcock thinks the twosome can even play better. :I think they're still learning how to play with each other. Before Bo, Petro has always played with a player who defers the puck to him. This is the first time he's had to share the puck with somebody, and I think they're learning to play off each other still. I don't think they're at the level they're going to be at, because I think there's still some indecision on who's going and who's hanging back. Bo's always been the jumper. Here, they have to read off each other and they're still learning to do that." Bouwmeester is having a wonderful bounce-back season. Grab him if he is available.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Aug 07 '79

Jay Bouwmeester recorded two assists in St. Louis' 6-1 win over Nashville on Saturday.

Bouwmeester has seven assists in nine contests in 2013-14. He hasn't reached the 30-point mark since 2008-09 when he was still a member of the Florida Panthers, but getting out of Calgary seems to have done wonders for his fantasy value.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jul 29 '79

Jay Bouwmeester earned two assists in St. Louis' 3-2 shootout win over Chicago.

He has four helpers and a plus-3 rating in six games this campaign. Bouwmeester has been averaging 23:55 of ice time per contest.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jun 07 '79

Jay Bouwmeester has a chance to be chosen for the 2014 Olympic hockey team.

He served as an injury replacement for Scott Niedermayer at the 2006 Olympics in Turin and he was invited to the 2010 Olympic camp in the summer of 2009, but he didn't make the cut. "You'd like to be there," Bouwmeester said. "That's the goal for everyone. I think you learn from that. From that, you learn it's a process and you can't worry about it." "If you're picked and get to go, great, but there are a lot of great players

Jay Bouwmeester D STL May 14 '79

Veteran defenseman Jay Bouwmeester, 29, said that the reason he signed a five-year, $27-million contract extension with the St. Louis Blues is that the talent is already in place.

"It seems like that they've got pretty much everyone signed now through at least the next couple of years," he said. "You've got that nucleus of guys that probably aren't going anywhere ... The fact that everyone is going to be back, and you add some guys, there's some optimism going forward." Bouwmeester was aware that the Blues wanted to make him part of that nucleus, but wasn't sure how long the club had in mind. He was impressed when GM Doug Armstrong proposed adding five years to his existing deal. "The first offer that was talked about was for that length," Bouwmeester said. "For them to show that interest and I guess have faith in me for that period of time, as a player, you view that as a real positive thing." Bouwmeester has played in 764 regular-season games, but he doesn't turn 30 until September. He will be 36 when his new contract expires.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL May 13 '79

St. Louis Blues sign Jay Bouwmeester to five-year, $27 million contract extension.

The deal kicks in starting with the 2014-15 season, which means he's under contract for the next six seasons. The Blues acquire Bouwmeester from Calgary at the trade deadline and the veteran defenseman got to experience his first career postseason with St. Louis. Bouwmeester isn't the fantasy weapon he used to be, but he remain a solid depth option in most fantasy pools.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Feb 03 '79

Jay Bouwmeester is getting ready for his first postseason game.

Bouwmeester, 29, has played in 762 career contests without participating in a playoff game. However, the St. Louis Blues have clinched a playoff berth. "I think they have a good team here, we have a team that's kind of built for that (playoff) kind of hockey," he said. "That's the focus now, it's not just getting in. We want to win. It's fun winning, we've had a pretty good stretch here. It's a young group of guys; I kind of feel a little old sometimes but it's been fun. I've enjoyed my time here -- and hopefully I have a long time here." Bouwmeester is signed through the 2013-14 campaign.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 26 '79

Jay Bouwmeester recorded his first goal with the Blues in a 2-1 shootout win versus Vancouver on Tuesday night.

He had three assists in his first two games with St. Louis, but had gone five straight matches without a point entering Tuesday's match-up. Still, Bouwnmeester has been a solid addition to the Blues' lineup since he was acquired from Calgary. David Perron and Alex Pietrangelo assisted on his marker, while Andy McDonald and Alexander Steen scored in the shootout to give St. Louis the win.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 14 '79

Jay Bouwmeester made his debut with the St. Louis Blues on Thursday.

Bouwmeester logged 25:06 minutes, which believe it or not was still second to Alex Pietrangelo. Bouwmeester also had two PIM and assisted on David Backes' goal. The Blues earned a 4-3 shootout win and have a fragile hold on the eighth seed. Bouwmeester has now played in 751 career NHL games without ever making the postseason, but his drought might finally be nearing its end.

Jay Bouwmeester D STL Jan 13 '79

Jay Bouwmeester will make his St. Louis debut Thursday night when the Blues take on Chicago.

He will be skate alongside Alex Pietrangelo on the team's top pairing. "I know what kind of player he is," Bouwmeester said of Pietrangelo. "He's a talented, big guy who can move the puck and skate. I'm really excited. He's right-handed. I haven't played the left side in a while. That's where I prefer to be. I just want to fit in and help out."