Alex Pietrangelo Is Underrated, The Ultimate Professional
I just want Alex Pietrangelo to know I appreciate him. He should know his ability to continue to put out fires is something every VGK fan is thankful for. It’s on and off the ice. Put some respect on Alex Pietrangelo because I’m just not sure where Vegas would be without him. If the Golden Knights had a time machine, they would sign him again but this time do it by kissing him on the forehead for picking Vegas.
Pietrangelo, 33, is a former Stanley Cup champion with the Blues and essentially serves a the Golden Knight captain for their blue line. Mark Stone is the heartbeat of the team but Pietrangelo is the rock that holds the fort together. It’s a team that eats pucks and continues to play great team defense. That team defense is the reason why the Knights have a chance to do something tonight that no other NHL franchise has ever accomplished. When the Knights win their next game, they will become the first team ever to win at least 30 games in all of their first six years of existence.
Pietrangelo is the total package. Tall, handsome, good on both ends of the ice, and is a good guy to just have in the room. Something that shouldn’t be underrated is how good Pietrangelo is at handling the media. The questions during an 82-game season have to feel manaughtenous. It doesn’t matter what the circumstance is. Pietrangelo gives you a detailed answer every time and never deflects blame and causes a distraction for others. A skillset that can’t be mentioned enough. Leaders in this sport matter.
The entire Pietrangelo family had to deal with a serious medical emergency involving his daughter. Something that caused Pietrangelo to miss games and could have easily served as a distraction for the entire season. Petro despite dealing with all that has been a hero on the ice too. He’s averaging 24:35 minutes of ice time and has 31 points in 39 games. He’s carrying the offensive load that’s already missing Shea Theodore. I don’t know what the VGK would do without him. Actually, we saw what Vegas was without him. Not good.
Pietrangelo has quietly taken his defensive game to another level this year. For the first time in his career, Petro is on pace to average more than 200 blocks. His prior career high was 164 which he’s found a way to done a number of times. He’s totally committed to that side of the ice and your eyeballs will tell you Petro may as well have a fire extinguisher out there with him. It’s constantly putting out fires left and right preventing goal scoring chances. He’s also a total monster on the ice. 6-foot-3 and on pace for his first 60 point season ever.
Not all the underlying numbers are favorable but the eyeball test tells you everything you need to know. When you think of first-line blue line, Petro is every team’s dream. Can do it all while also being the model citizen in the room. Put some respect on his name. The VGK are lucky to have him.