Unless you’re totally new to the game of hockey, you know exactly what kind of game Steve Ott plays. He’s an abrasive, chirpy forward that exists to make life tough for the opposition. Since making his debut with the Dallas Stars during the 2002-03 season, Ott has been one of the NHL’s premier agitators.
Tonight he’ll lace up the skates for the St. Louis Blues, and will face off against a lot of friends and former teammates. The Buffalo Sabres are in town, and he played more than 100 games for that franchise. Don’t expect him to hold back against the familiar faces though.
Ott on facing his former team: “There’s a lot of good friends and close friends I’ll have for life over there. But game on is game on.”
— St. Louis Blues (@StLouisBlues) April 3, 2014
This could be a good opportunity for the veteran to get his legs under him. While he’s primarily been used as a bottom-six guy, the Blues desperately need some scoring from their depth guys as the seasons comes to a close. The top line of Alexander Steen, David Backes and T.J. Oshie seems to be money every night, but head coach Ken Hitchcock has been forced to shuffle lines two through four in hopes of sparking the offense.
If the line juggling doesn’t do it for Ott, maybe seeing his former team will start a small fire in his belly.