38-Year-Old Right Wing – New York Rangers
Martin St. Louis Contract Information:
Agreed to a four-year extension in July of 2010, locking him up through the 2014-15 campaign. The deal is worth $22.5 million.
St. Louis nabbed two assists in Thursday's 4-1, Game 1 win over Philadelphia.
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Martin St. Louis: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Mighty Mite might be 37, but he plays like he's still in his prime. Last year, he scored a paltry 74 points -- his worst output since 2005-06. But his second half was strong and his chemistry with Steven Stamkos is outstanding. Expect a return to his point-per-game ways, making him one of the NHL's best at his position.
St. Louis is the straw that stirs the Bolts' success. In fact, we say he's the best guy on that team. Sure, Steven Stamkos is a rising star and Vinny is a two-way stud. But the reality is quite clear -- neither of those guys could have the success they've had without Mighty Mite on their line. The numbers don't lie. St. Louis makes them better, not the other way around. He may be 36 but he hasn't lost a step. And his offensive production is as good or better than it's ever been. Another near-100 point season is in the cards. Don't hesitate on draft day.
Mighty Mite is no ordinary 35-year-old hockey player. Others who have gone before have seen an erosion of skill -- speed first and hands second. But St. Louis hasn't lost even an ounce of either because his odometer has a mere 772 games on it. To put that in context, 30-year-old teammate Vinny Lecavalier has already played 97 more games. So throw out the birthday candles and consider St. Louis one of the elite wingers in the NHL, something he'll be for at least a couple more seasons.
The Bolts might as well engrave Mighty Mite’s name on their team MVP trophy right now. He’s their heart and soul, and he’s still an elite right winger. Now, he may flip back and forth between the first and second lines this season. But he’ll deliver 30 goals and 80 points whether he’s skating with Vinny Lecavalier or Steven Stamkos. Keeper leaguers will have some difficult decisions come trade deadline, though. Despite his relative low NHL mileage (just 690 games), he’ll turn 35 next June. He should have another season of elite output after this one but maximizing a diminishing asset might be in the cards, too.
Mighty Mite’s production tailed off last year after Vinny Lecavalier’s injury and the Brad Richards trade. But with a lot more complementary scorers on this year’s team, St. Louis won’t go through the same late-season struggles this time around. He’ll skate with Vinny and work the number one power-play unit with him, too. And that’s good enough for 85-90 points, including lots of goals.
Mighty Mite crashed back to earth last season with a meager 61-point effort, some 33 points off his MVP season of 2003-04. Did this little firecracker just have one bad season or is he nothing more than your fringe-average, 60-point rock-and-roller with a one-hit wonder on his resume? While we think it will be hard for him to break his career-high of 94 points, we do think St. Louis will rebound a bit. We need only look at the last quarter of 2005-06 when he scored 13 goals in just 21 games to know he has the talent to score 40. He's bound to better his totals of 2005-06 and you might just be able to grab him a little lower than you should come draft day.
Mighty Mite took home a lot of hardware -- the Hart trophy as MVP, Art Ross as top scorer, Lester B. Pearson as the player's MVP, the plus-minus award AND a Stanley Cup -- in 2003-04. It's quite a leap for a guy plucked off the scrap heap only a few years ago. This season, St. Louis will carry a much heavier weight of expectation and while the new rule changes certainly favor a player of his style, we can't help but think Mighty Mite's production just might drop. Call it a hunch because that's all it is. But keeper leagues should seriously look at hedging their bets and (heaven forbid) consider trading him now while his value is sky-high. Come 2006-07, we think it will be St. Louis who is traded so the Bolts can keep Brad Richards. And when that happens, his value will drop -- what other team can give him the same kind of supporting cast as the Lightning? Food for thought...