Welcome |Account|Sign Out 
NEW! SIGN IN WITH YOUR SOCIAL PROFILE
OR
Username or EmailPassword
 
2014 NHL Draft
SHARE

Mary, Marty everywhere

Monday, 04.18.2011 / 3:57 PM

By Mike G. Morreale - NHL.com Staff Writer / 2011 ECQF: Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay Live Blog

Share with your Friends


2011 ECQF: Pittsburgh-Tampa Bay Live Blog
Mary, Marty everywhere
In addition to logging a ton of ice time and becoming a reliable force along the Tampa Bay blue line since coming over in a trade with the St. Louis Blues on Feb. 18, coach Guy Boucher has discovered that Eric Brewer has also been a huge benefit to Martin St. Louis.

How?

Well, the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Brewer has been the point-man on what has a become a pretty potent power-play of late for the Lightning. And that assists St. Louis, who has traditionally been a big focus with his team on the man advantage, in a big way.

"Well, I didn't want to play (Brewer) on the power play to be honest," Boucher told the media following team meetings on Monday morning at St. Pete Times Forum.

"And the reason being he was getting so much ice time everywhere else and playing against the top lines," Boucher said. "But having him there has given him more ice and it hasn't seemed to hurt him at all. He's reliable on the power-play. We had four different setups we used during the year -- Marty at the point, Marty along the board, Marty down low and Marty in the middle -- depending on the team and depending on the period of the game.

"Marty was everywhere, but he relieves Marty from the pressure of playing the point and having to manage that and with his size. Not being a defenseman, it was tough for Marty, but having Eric back there is a huge help."

Quote of the Day

We want to make sure that whoever makes our team really makes our team by earning it and not putting them in situations where they get preference because of their status as a first-round pick or whatever it might be. That's not going to happen. Everybody has to earn their way on our team.

— Columbus Blue Jackets general manager Jarmo Kekalainen on the team's prospects at development camp