Marty St. Louis’ early season report card, presented by Long Island University

Long Island UniversityMarty St. Louis has one goal this season but six points total and points in five of the Rangers seven games.

St. Louis has 10 shots on goal, 4 attempts that were blocked and five that missed the net.

Two of his five assists have been primary assists and he is starting 61.8% of his even strength shifts in the offensive zone. (Hockey Reference)

Asked about his point production, St. Louis said that he tries to create and score when he can but overall he just plays his game. (NYR)

Joe Micheletti said on MSG that moving back to the wing provides him the space he needs to make plays. Joe added that Marty’s anticipation and hockey sense when he doesn’t have the puck allows him to get into position to get the puck and then create plays.

Dave Maloney said that St. Louis is a first ballot Hall of Famer who does a lot of good things on the ice for the Rangers.

Grade: B

Read: Marty St. Louis on moving back to wing and scoring his first goal of the year

Marty St. LouisOn Sunday night, Marty St. Louis assumed his regular position as a winger for the first time this season.

St. Louis scored his first goal of the season, had 3 shots on goal, 1 shot that was blocked and one that missed the net. He had two hits and played 18:04 on a line with Mats Zuccarello and Derick Brassard.

After the game, St. Louis spoke with Dave Maloney and said “It’s nice to get the first one and sometimes you need to put on your working boots and get a muddy one. They all count and I have had better looks and not scored. They get you going sometimes.”

On moving back to the wing, Marty said that he is able to push the pace a bit more, a big part of his game, and it allows him to get behind the defense and create space for his linemates.

Adam Rotter: Even with his time out of position at center, I think Marty has had a real strong start to the season. He has five points in six games and looks comfortable in all areas of the ice. He is always buzzing around and on the verge of creating offense. He is a big part of this team and will probably be able to make a bigger impact if/when the PP finally gets going.

Stats: How Marty St. Louis is performing at center

Marty St. LouisThrough three games at center, Marty St. Louis has 3 assists, a plus  5 rating, 3 shots on goal, an average of 17:40 of ice time and is 18 and 18 on faceoffs.

In each game, St. Louis’ faceoff numbers were:

  • St. Louis: 4 wins, 7 losses. 1 for 6 in the offensive zone, 1 for 2 in the defensive zone, 2 for 3 in the neutral zone.
  • Columbus: 6 wins, 9 losses. 2 and 3 in the offensive zone, 0-4 in the defensive zone, 4 for 6 in the neutral zone.
  • Toronto:  8 wins, 2 losses. St. Louis was 1 for 1 in the offensive zone, 2 for 2 in the defensive zone and 5 for 7 in the neutral zone

After the game against St. Louis, Brian Leetch said on MSG that St. Louis has to make slight adjustments on the ice by moving to center but he is smart enough to be in the right spots positionally.

Rick Nash said on Friday that he thought Marty looked “really good” at center against St. Louis. He added, “it’s pretty impressive what he is doing.” (NYR)

When St. Louis is on the ice at 5 on 5, the Rangers control 54.8% of the shot attempts. (PA)

St. Louis has started 41.9% of his shifts in the offensive zone, 41.9% in the defensive zone and 16.3% in the defensive zone. (PA)

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Recap: Marty St. Louis on ESPN Radio last night

Marty St. LouisMarty St. Louis joined Michael Kay and Ryan Ruocco last night at 6:30PM on ESPN Radio (ESPN NY):

  • Do you practice that behind the back pass, “no, no. It’s a total feel. It’s funny because the puck hit the glass and I felt that it never left the zone and I looked up and I didn’t know where it was and I look at Nasher and he is pointing to where it is so I go to where I think he pointed and it landed on my stick and I knew where Nasher was and he went to the area and put the puck in.”

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Read: Marty St. Louis is glad to be starting from scratch this season

Marty St. Louis said recently that he is excited to be with the Rangers from the start of the season and be part of their progress and development as a team. (Lohud, via Soundcloud)

He said that when he was acquired last year things were “figured out” and he didn’t want to disrupt anything that had already had been worked on. Marty said that at times he felt he was on his heels instead of his toes and that he needs to be on his toes. (Lohud, via Soundcloud)

Asked about last season and his mindset for this year, St. Louis said, “it’s time to realize what we could have done better and go after it. It’s not time to feel sorry for ourselves, enjoy the game. With what I have gone through personally in the last few months, I look at life a little differently and trying to enjoy every minute of it. I like the attitude of the guys, we are upbeat but I don’t think anybody feels sorry for us, we are hungry and the only thing we want this time is a different result.”  (Lohud, via Soundcloud)

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Read: Marty St. Louis is the best option to center the top line right now

Marty St. LouisAt practice yesterday, Marty St. Louis skated between Chris Kreider and Rick Nash and Alain Vigneault said that in his mind, St. Louis is the best option the Rangers have for centering the top line.

St. Louis spoke yesterday about playing center and said, “there are areas that are different but when we have the puck I play the way I know how to play. When we don’t have the puck it’s a little different so I need to take the right angles and be a bit more patient cause I tend to be a go-go kind of player. As a center you need to be patient and make reads about when you can and can’t go. It’s an adjustment for me but it’s something I am welcoming. I have killed penalties and been on the PP and been in many different situations, if I can add that to my resume it would be pretty cool.” (NYR)

He added that timing and strength are two factors when it comes to faceoffs but that the key is to not lose them clean and allow his wingers to help get the puck to gain possession. (NYR)

Derick Brassard said, “he has good hockey sense, a lot of experience so I think it will be an experience for him and our team. He never really took faceoffs so we will try to practice as much as we can and go from there.”  (NYR)

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Stats/Read: Marty St. Louis at center last night *Updates*

Marty St. Louis Broadway Hat2:15PM: Alain Vigneault said today (NYR) “Marty’s decision as far as playing in the middle will come as far as how tonight works out. We have decisions to make and then we need to figure out our lineup. Maybe he will start there, I didn’t think he looked out of place and I talked to him briefly this morning and he said that he felt fine. We will see how tonight unfolds and then make decisions.”

10/4/14 | 9:39AM: At center last night, Marty St. Louis had a goal, 2 shots on goal, 1 shot that was blocked, 2 that missed the net and had 6 faceoff wins and 7 losses in 14:05 of ice time.

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