Martin St. Louis is one of the NHL‘s older players on paper, but you’d never know it by watching his on-ice play.
After a disappointing year by his own expectations last season, he is on a mission to prove this season will be different for him and his Tampa Bay Lightning. It’s paying off thus far, as St. Louis’ has been crucial to his team’s success, helping lead them to a 4-1-0 record. His 11 points and eight assists both rank second in the league also, earning him NHL Third Star of the Week honors.
What’s different this year? My guess is that St. Louis realizes his career’s coming to an end, and he wants to go out on top. Plus he, and his teammates for that matter, are finally healthy again (knock on wood). That wasn’t the case last year, with a patchwork offense and defense often being used. He’s also a seasoned veteran who knows what a sprint to the finish line feels like, as he went through something similar during the Lightning’s 2004 Stanley Cup run.
With one taste of glory already, St. Louis really wants and would do pretty much anything to get another. Will he get it? Everything will have to work in him and the Lightning’s favor, but it’s possible. Knowing St. Louis, he’ll take the Lightning on his back just to get there. That’s how determined he is.
Either way, both St. Louis and the Lightning will be a force to reckon with this season. Heck, playing alongside guys like Steven Stamkos, Teddy Purcell, Vincent Lecavalier, Ryan Malone and Cory Conacher, St. Louis could be kissing Lord Stanley’s Cup come late June if everything else falls perfectly in place.