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Alex Ferrario


Early Bird Gets the Worm

          The St. Louis Blues recently have taken the NHL by storm and tops the rankings in first place. After an already injured line-up of players regained their health they began to perform at a higher level.  Players like David Perron and Andy McDonald returned a large boost to the line-up along with players like TJ OShie and Patrik Berglund proved their star studded ability. All of these reasons go into play with what is making this team a legitimate threat to the Stanley Cup.

          Being at the top already, there’s nothing that a team would want more than to add depth to its already stacked line-up. And that is just what GM Doug Armstrong did this afternoon. 2010 First-round draft pick Jaden Schwarz to an Professional Try-out Contract. This contract means that his three-year entry level period begins on Tuesday when he joins the team. Schwarz, a 19 year old centre, recently wrapped up his junior year in college where his team lost in the semi-finals. Schwarz ended his season with 41 points in 30 games. Along with being named captain of the Canadian World Juniors team which is a great accomplishment for such a young player.

          Being at such a young age and joining the team has been criticized as of late that he will not be able to hold his ground, and that the team is rushing into things. Take a look at players like Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and David Backes. A team that is headed to a long playoff run, a young player with such a strong future will thrive off of playing in this scenario. Players gain experience with playing in the big time games and with that experience, Schwartz can guarantee a spot in the line-up next year along with add scoring to a team that is destined for a long playoff-run.


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