Brewer Quietly Having Productive Season

Blues captain is finally healthy after injuries hampered his production

Monday, 01.10.2011 / 10:04 AM / St Louis Blues - News
By B.J. Rains  - FoxSportsMidwest.com
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Brewer Quietly Having Productive Season
ST. LOUIS – After missing at least 20 games due to injury in three of his first five seasons with the Blues, defenseman Eric Brewer is quietly putting together a healthy and productive season.

And with the Blues suffering several injuries to defenseman this season, it couldn’t have happened at a better time.

Brewer is one of just eight Blues who have played in all 40 games this season but he is the only defenseman yet to miss a game due to injury.

That’s a welcomed surprise to the Blues, who have seen Brewer deal with injuries to his back, shoulder and knee among other areas that caused him to miss 23 games last year and 54 games two years ago.

“It’s been talked about a time or two and probably flown under the radar a little bit,” said Blues coach Davis Payne.  “He’s been a pretty solid foundation piece for us back there.

"We knew he was going to be healthy coming in and we knew he was going to be a guy that led that group and led our team and he’s done a great job of it.”

Brewer faced plenty of unwarranted criticism since he arrived in St. Louis in a trade that sent fan-favorite Chris Pronger to Edmonton. But finally healthy, the Blues captain appears to be playing some of his best hockey since arriving in town.

The defenseman has six goals and four assists and is second on the team with a +9 rating.

He scored a career-high eight goals in 59 games last season but appears well on his way to surpassing that number if he remains healthy.

“He’s voiced the right concerns, he’s sent the right message and he communicates well on the ice,” Payne said. “I don’t know how many partners he’s played with but it’s probably been seven or eight. He’s been a guy that has been a staple back there that you can play in defensive situations and we’re using him on the second power play unit.

“I think it’s not unnoticed in our room, but certainly the contributions of what he’s doing to stabilize that group has been extremely valuable for us.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Steen 68 33 29 17 62
T. Oshie 79 21 39 19 60
D. Backes 74 27 30 14 57
J. Schwartz 80 25 31 28 56
A. Pietrangelo 81 8 43 20 51
K. Shattenkirk 81 10 35 1 45
V. Tarasenko 64 21 22 20 43
D. Roy 75 9 28 -1 37
J. Bouwmeester 82 4 33 26 37
V. Sobotka 61 9 24 14 33
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
B. Elliott 18 6 2 .922 1.96
R. Miller 25 30 4 .918 2.64

 
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