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It’s still hard to believe that Martin St. Louis—the Stanley Cup champion, two-time NHL scoring leader and future Hall of Famer—is a Ranger.
But he is, and he was a driving force in the Blueshirts’ run to the Stanley Cup Final.
His leadership, experience and talent were invaluable and almost age-defying. At 39 years old, St. Louis is still a force, and as a matter of fact, he’s the Rangers' best forward—and by quite a bit.
New York is one of the fastest teams in the league, and he never looks out of place. As a matter of fact, he’s probably the second- or third-fastest skater on the team.
Beyond that, he sees the ice better than any forward, he can still put the puck in the back of the net, and he remains one of the most slippery players in the league.
After scoring 29 goals and 61 points in 62 games for Tampa Bay, St. Louis came to New York and struggled. Big time.
In 19 regular-season games, he scored just one goal and eight points. On some nights, he looked engaged; other nights, he was invisible.
Yet New Yorkers looked to the playoffs in hopes that he was saving his best for the second season. After coming out strong against Philly, St. Louis disappeared a bit.
That was until his mother passed away. Following this most difficult time, St. Louis played inspired hockey and scored some of the most important goals of his career.
He racked up 15 points in 25 games, which was good but not terribly great. I think he still has something to prove to the fans and himself—that he’s still got it.
He does, and against all laws of nature he’s going to lead the Rangers in 2014-15.