Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/20/14

LOS ANGELES, CA - JANUARY 09: David Backes #42 of the St. Louis Blues speaks to a teammate during a break in their NHL game against the Los Angeles Kings at the Staples Center on January 9, 2010 in Los Angeles, California. The Blues defeated the Kings 4-3. (Photo by Victor Decolongon/Getty Images)
Hockey This Week Back a more than a half dozen coaching changes ago in the dim recess of history known as the 2011-12 preseason, I said the St Louis Blues needed to players in key to be successful. The first was David Backes. When he’s on, he’s on and when he’s on and healthy he’s a force to be reckoned with. The second was Alex Pietrangelo. What I don’t think anyone counted on was both of those players having solid seasons, and neither of them being the Saint Louis Blues story. Brian Elliot has jumped not just into relevence but stardom.  David Backes is currently leading his team in every statistical category that Brian Elliot isn’t. Goals, check. Assists, check. Points, check. Penalty minutes, check. Additionally, he’s playing almost twenty minutes a night with about four minutes of that special teams time. With 143 hits through 49 games, its unlikely anyone who has played against him this season has failed to notice him. His scoring total puts him in among the Milan Lucic, ahead...
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