Backes and Oshie played for the Blues together from 2008 through 2015. Backes had an extra season or two on either end, but those were the meat years of a pretty good sandwich.
Backes was always one of those players you never quite knew what to expect. The talent was there, as shown by two 31 goal seasons and a 64 point season. However, some years the focus was more on defense, which he did quite well.
One thing you could never fault Backes for was heart and effort. Maybe the execution was not on, but he still put the effort in.
The same was true of Oshie. Again, Oshie’s problem was not his own. He was utilized in a way where the team expected him to be a leading scorer. He has a lot of skill and good sniping ability, but he was never going to be someone to put up incredible numbers.
Even so, he put up really good numbers. In seven years with St. Louis, he had 110 goals and 310 points. Put that with 206 goals and 460 points for Backes in The Note and you’ve got a good duo.
Add to that Scott Young and you have a very intriguing line. Despite being a scrappy, but talented scorer, Young never stuck in one place. He always ended up being trade bait or the odd man out.
Still, the Blues got the best out of him. He scored more goals with the Blues than any other team, with 125 in five years. He also set career highs with goals with a 40 goal season and 73 points in that same year.
Young played on some very good teams, but offense was never their forte. So, his stats stand well on their own and he would be a very complimentary piece to a line that would be built on effort as much as talent.