Even though Paul Stastny was a veteran and the big-ticket free agent signee, it would have been hard for him to force his way into a leadership role with the St. Louis Blues this season considering he was the new guy in a room already filled with leaders such as David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Alex Pietrangelo, Alex Steen and Barret Jackman.
So instead of trying to upset the leadership hierarchy of his new team, Stastny has found another way to be an important leader for the Blues.
"He has really taken [Dmitrij] Jaskin and [Patrik] Berglund under his wing and tried to help them become a line," Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. "He's kind of been the quarterback of those two guys to coordinate good play, and they've given us good minutes every night for the last little while.
"I think he's taken to heart leading a smaller group of athletes rather than the bigger group."