|Influence Of Langenbrunner and Veteran Leaders Allowing Blues To Come Together Quickly|
|February 16, 2012 by Sean Hartnett, JL15.com contributor|
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.
Getty ImagesLangenbrunner warms up in New Jersey, his first game at the Prudential Center since been traded last season.
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.”
Getty ImagesLangenbrunner sends the Predators' Tootoo to the ice.
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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