Martin St. Louis defied the odds as an undrafted player who has developed an outstanding NHL career. Now it appears that he’s also defied the aging process.
St. Louis, 37, became the oldest player to win the Art Ross Trophy by scoring 60 points this season. An NBC SN infographic reveals that Bill Cook was the oldest ever to lead league scoring at 36 (1932-33) while Gordie Howe set the modern mark at 34 by scoring 86 points in 1962-63.
This is the second Art Ross Trophy of St. Louis’ career. His previous one came in the 2003-04 season where he also won the Hart Trophy and the Tampa Bay Lightning’s only Stanley Cup.
Evgeni Malkin was last season’s winner with 109 points.
In case you’re wondering, his 60 points in 48 games is the equivalent to a 103 point season (rounded up). One other in case you’re wondering: Sidney Crosby’s 56 points in 36 games would translate to 128 points (also rounded up).
Do note that St. Louis isn’t technically the Art Ross winner yet. Here are the scoring leaders from the four teams that are still active, for those who want to imagine ridiculous streaks that invalidate this post:
Los Angeles Kings: Anze Kopitar, 41 points
San Jose Sharks: Joe Thornton, 40 points
Ottawa Senators: Cory Conacher, 28 points
Boston Bruns: Brad Marchand, 36 points
Deep analysis: St. Louis is probably safe.
Damon Severson was a healthy scratch on Saturday.
It’s the last game he wants to miss this season.
“I had a good chat with a few people and just pretty much said, ‘I want to be in the next 80 games,’” Severson said, per The Record. “I sat out my game and that’s all I want to be out for for the year.”
Severson is one of the Devils’ most important young players. But this is also the 21-year-old defenseman’s sophomore season, and that’s when slumps can occur.
Hence, the early message he was sent by the coaching staff.
Severson is expected to be back in the lineup tonight when New Jersey hosts Nashville.
“He doesn’t have to be perfect,” coach John Hynes told reporters. “We’d just like to see him have a high compete level. We know he’s ready to go. We had a couple of good meetings with him. He’s in a good spot mentally. I know he’s ready to roll.”
Jake Virtanen, the sixth overall pick in the 2014 draft, will make his NHL debut tonight when his Canucks meet the Kings in Los Angeles.
The 19-year-old winger was a healthy scratch for Vancouver’s first three games of the regular season. He had two goals and two assists in six preseason games.
“I can’t wait,” he told reporters. “My energy is high. I want to get a couple of hits on my first shift.”
Big and physical with goal-scoring ability, the consensus is that Virtanen will remain in the NHL and not be returned to junior after he’s played nine games. That consensus could always change based on his play, of course.
The Canucks — who won last night in Anaheim — did not have a full skate this morning, so it’s unclear who will come out of the lineup. The best guess is rookie Jared McCann, who’s been playing third-line center.
If McCann does come out, the Canucks could move Brandon Sutter to third-line center and Virtanen could take Sutter’s spot on the first line with the Sedin twins. Or, there could be more extensive line juggling.