Player Recap: Jason Arnott

April 19, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues center Jason Arnott (44) warms up before game four of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals against the San Jose Sharks at HP Pavilion. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-US PRESSWIRE

The unrestricted free agent center was a relatively consistent offensive threat this past year, registering 17 goals and 17 assists despite missing time due to numerous lower body injuries. Arnott led a third line that was a constant threat on the offensive end, and contributed sparingly to a penalty kill that was rated 7th in the league. Arnott was also an essential part of the power play, which sparked the Blues’ first round defeat of the San Jose Sharks.

The 37 year old held his own amongst his much younger teammates, ranking 7th in points, 8th in +/-, 6th in power play goals and assists, respectively. Clearly, the veteran center was an integral part of the Blues offense this year, which was inconsistent and sluggish at times. Although he is already in his late 30s and should not be given a multi-year deal, Arnott must be brought back onto a squad that lacked much veteran leadership and was perpetually offensively challenged.

Grade: B+

Topics: Jason Arnott, St. Louis Blues

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