ST. LOUIS -- Derek Roy is proud of his craft, setting up teammates.
"I tell my linemates to get their sticks down ... and I might hit them," Roy says confidently.
There's a unique cause-and-effect routine in the job of a playmaking center. He's sort of like a quarterback in football -- finding the open passing lane, spreading the ball to his receivers, keeping the opposition guessing, making his team more dangerous.
The last three Stanley Cup champions had those types of centers:
Jonathan Toews, Michal Handzus, Andrew Shaw and Dave Bolland in Chicago
Patrice Bergeron, David Kreici, Rich Peverley and either Tyler Seguin or Gregory Campbell in Boston
Anze Kopitar, Mike Richards, Jarret Stoll and Tyler Toffoli with the Los Angeles Kings, who knocked the Blues out of the playoffs each of the last two years
Three teams, each with four or more playmaking centers.
The Blues? Not so much. It's great to say you have a lot of scoring in your lineup, but if there isn't a playmaking...