One of the biggest arguments about Jaden Schwartz is his production. Most of that is based on an idea of what we thought he would be.
He is one of those players that you can see the ability to get to certain numbers, but he just doesn’t. Schwartz has the talent to be a 30 goal scorer, but he hasn’t made it there. His highest total is 28 goals.
If you take that preconception away, however, there is little arguing against him being a good player and one of the team’s best in the last decade. When healthy, he has only failed to score 50 points or more once.
That was in 2018-19, when he only had 11 goals and 36 points in 69 games. Even then, he was banged up and just never got himself right. He did contribute in other ways though.
Schwartz has usually been a good playoff performer too. Even before the Stanley Cup run, he was putting up decent numbers when the Blues made deep runs.
Then, there was the 2019 playoffs. Schwartz was a legitimate Conn Smythe contender.
He ended the playoffs with 12 goals and 20 points in 26 games. He finished the playoffs with two different hat tricks as well.
Schwartz is just one of those guys that sneakily adds up all his stats. He doesn’t do it with panache or flair, he just gets a goal or assist and gets back to work.
Schwartz is now what Steen used to be. He’s become a much better defensive player, which will make him more valuable as he ages.
Schwartz just seems to always go. Even when he’s not scoring, you rarely can say anything about the guy’s work ethic.
The Blues had other guys like that in the 2010’s, but Schwartz had the ability on top of it.