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Ten questions with Jaden Schwartz

Wednesday, 10.31.2012 / 11:57 AM / Prospects

By Chris Pinkert - NHL.com Correspondent

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Ten questions with Jaden Schwartz
Jaden Schwartz talked to stlouisblues.com about getting involved in hockey, breaking Vincent Lecavalier's scoring record in high school and what it will take to become a regular in the Blues lineup.

Jaden Schwartz was drafted by the Blues in the first-round (14th overall) at the 2010 NHL Draft. He attended Colorado College, where he recorded 88 points (32 goals, 56 assists) in 60 games. He left school after two years, signing with the Blues in March 2012. He scored his first NHL goal in his first game on March 17 vs. Tampa Bay and had 3 points (2 goals, 1 assist) in seven NHL games last season.

Now, Schwartz is playing for the Peoria Rivermen. He currently ranks second on the club with 4 points (2 goals, 2 assists). Just before his season started, Schwartz talked to stlouisblues.com about getting involved in hockey, breaking Vincent Lecavalier's scoring record in high school and what it will take to become a regular in the Blues lineup.

STLOUISBLUES.COM: How did you get your start in hockey? Your older brother, Rylan, played hockey. Is that where your desire to play came from?

JS: I think I just fell in love with it right away, whether I was watching it or playing at outdoor rinks. Anytime I put on skates, I was the happiest kid ever. My older brother and sister played hockey as well, so watching them made me like it even more. Right away, it felt right for me.

BLUES: Where you grew up in Saskatchewan, did you have a backyard rink nearby?

JS: We had a backyard rink almost every winter. My dad would set it up every year, and as we got older, myself, my brother and sister would help out a little more. But my dad did most of the work.

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