New Faces in St. Louis Producing Early
The Blues earned their first victory of the season with a 5-2 stomping of the Calgary Flames today in a matinee that saw the team’s offense spring to life. Five different skaters scored for the Blues in an effort that saw numerous faces contribute to the team’s overall offensive scheme. Most importantly, aside from the Blues earning their first two points of the year, was how well the new faces in the lineup have contributed through the first two games of the year.
Over the summer the Blues went out and secured offensive depth and veteran leadership. When they did this it was assumed that the Blues overall offense would be improved with numerous players being able to chip in on offense rather than the same group being relied on heavily as we saw throughout the 2010-11 campaign. .
Jason Arnott (pictured above) has gotten off to an extremely fast start, scoring a goal in the opener against Nashville before adding another goal and an assist against Calgary. In all of the 2010-11 season, Arnott managed just 31 points between his time with the New Jersey Devils and Washington Capitals. Through two games with the St. Louis Blues, Arnott already has three points and has looked just as sharp as ever in the team’s attack.
Jamie Langenbrunner hasn’t lit the lamp as a member of the Blues but he did record his first point as a member of the Blues with an assist against the Calgary Flames. So far, Langenbrunner has looked sharp, making nifty passes to go along with great cycling plays with his new teammates deep in the opponent’s zone. He’s had his chances and has often looked threatening when paired with Andy McDonald and David Backes.
Kent Huskins sat out the opener against Nashville but made his debut with the Blues Monday against Calgary, filling in for the injured Carlo Colaiacovo. Huskins played a very complete game and while he was held out of the boxscore, he did end with an impressive +3.
Overall, the new additions have gotten out of the gate in a hurry and are doing exactly what fans had hoped they would. With any luck, these new faces will continue to gel and create chemistry with their new teammates, resulting in an improved offense all season long.