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Influence Of Langenbrunner and Veteran Leaders Allowing Blues To Come Together Quickly
Going into the 2011-12 season, it was clear that the St. Louis Blues possessed plenty of talent. How quickly that talent could gel was the big question.

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Langenbrunner warms up in New Jersey, his first game at the Prudential Center since been traded last season.
Few expected the Blues to become Western Conference contenders right away but that's precisely what happened under the watch of head coach Ken Hitchcock. In addition to Hitchcock, much of that credit also belongs to the influence of veterans such as Jamie Langenbrunner, Jason Arnott and Scott Nichol who were acquired during the summer.

The Blues' recent success is the result of a marriage of talented youngsters who are willing to learn from respected veterans that know how to pass on their experiences and wisdom as well as a coaching staff who has implemented direct philosophies that the players can grasp. Blues' color commentator and hockey analyst Darren Pang strongly believes that Langenbrunner's presence has allowed the Blues to come together quickly and develop a strong unity.

“There's no doubt about it,” Pang stated. “What's Jamie's brought to the locker room, outside the locker room, making sure family is involved… It hasn't gone unnoticed. He's been as instrumental as anybody this year.”

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Langenbrunner sends the Predators' Tootoo to the ice.
Pang continued, “On ice emotion, practice work habits and knowing Ken Hitchcock has helped everybody as well but he's still a really good player. The biggest compliment you can give a player is when there's a line that's struggling and you know you can put Jamie on it to fix it, I think that's the greatest compliment a player can have and that's what he's been like.”

Veteran defenseman Kent Huskins shared his thoughts on the example Langenbrunner provides for the Blues on and off the ice.

“He's a great presence in the locker room. We have a lot of younger players and he's a guy with a wealth of championship experience and has played in a lot of big games. He's a very calming influence on the young guys here. Jamie sets a great example by the way he works in a game and in all the little details like on the penalty kill getting the pucks out at the blue line and battling along the walls. He's a great leader for this team,” Huskins revealed.

Rising star Kevin Shattenkirk described the stability that Langenbrunner has brought to the Blues' locker room.

“Jamie's been a great influence on me, especially as a young player dealing with the ups and downs of the year. One thing he's great at is keeping us all at bay if we have a tough loss or a game we didn't play our best. He's great at motivating and keeping everyone even-keeled and not staying too high after a win or too low after a loss.”
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