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04-22-2013, 05:30 PM
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St. Louis definitely. The only knock on him is that he was a late bloomer, but to play this well this late into your career is still impressive.
in a way, i think st. louis has almost uniquely transcended the late bloomer tag. guys like joe mullen or daniel alfredsson were late-bloomers in the traditional sense. they both played well later in their careers than most of their star contemporaries, but that was kind of catching up to the early career performances that they missed out on. (think: mullen vs. goulet, or alfredsson vs. tkachuk)
st. louis though, has by now more than made up for his late start. a comparable for him might be iginla, a guy almost the same age who broke in at a normal age for a star winger. even though iginla still has st. louis on career games played and points, i think if we had a st. louis vs. iginla poll, it's probably going to be st. louis on top. which even a year or two ago would have seemed far-fetched.
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