After back-to-back 28-goal seasons, Chris Stewart was one of those players labeled to have a breakthrough campaign, one in which eclipsing the 30- or 40-goal plateau seemed reachable.
But heading into the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Stewart hasn't even reached the 20-goal mark, which was far below what was expected of the power forward.
Right Wing - STL
GOALS: 15 | ASST: 15 | PTS: 30
SOG: 166 | +/-: 1
But in the 200-foot game of coach Ken Hitchcock, there have to be concessions made by some players. Playing both ends of the ice can take away from a player's personal stats.
"He's got a lot of talent, and I think he'd be the first to admit that this year hasn't been perfect for him," Blues winger Jamie Langenbrunner said of Stewart. "But he's also learned to play a lot more of a team game. It's one thing to go out and score 30 goals when you don't have to play in your own end and do that; but playing for Hitch, that's not going to happen.