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Blues' offensive production slightly up from 'D'

Friday, 11.04.2011 / 2:08 PM

By Louie Korac - NHL.com Correspondent / At the Rink blog

ST. LOUIS -- On paper, it doesn't look like the Blues are getting quite enough offensive support from their defensemen. But in actuality, the numbers are higher than they were over an 82-game period last season.

Last season, the Blues got 38 goals, 123 assists and 161 points from their defensive unit. That averages out to 1.96 points and .46 goals per game.

Through 11 games, the Blues have 6 goals, 17 assists and 23 points from their blueliners, which averages out to 45 goals, 127 assists and 172 points over the course of 82 games. That translates to 2.09 points and .55 goals per game.

Still, the defensemen feel they can give more than they've produced thus far.

"It's something we chatted about over the weekend," defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk said. "How can we improve in the offensive zone? Whether it's moving around a little more and jumping down into the play. That's something that I haven't really brought to the table as much as I did last year. I need to start going more. I used to be in and out and having a little more movement in there. That's something that we're focusing on as a d-core as well."

Shattenkirk leads the way with 1 goal and 6 points, Alex Pietrangelo has 2 goals and 5 points, Kent Huskins has 2 goals and 2 assists, Carlo Colaiacovo has 1 goal and 2 assists, Roman Polak has 3 assists and Barret Jackman has 2 assists.

It means a lot to us, we're very excited. We're looking to continue to build on [our] top core talent of young players. It's just a great opportunity for us to really build high.

— Panthers vice president of hockey operations Travis Viola after Florida won the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery