Nelson Emerson is another in a similar category to Ronning. Emerson had a decent Blues career, but went on to bigger things with other teams.
Emerson had expectations though. He was a third-round draft choice a year after Ronning, in 1985.
Emerson’s first toe dip in the NHL was not that great, but we won’t count that sine he was actually wearing the number 32. He took over the number once Ronning left.
The digit immediately suited him. Emerson scored 23 and 22 goals his first full two years.
His first full season in the NHL, he scored 59 points. He shot up to 73 points in the 1992-93 season.
Emerson helped contribute in that playoff season too. He managed seven points in 11 playoff games.
Housley was an All-Star defender. He was also part of the trade that acquired Al MacInnis, so in the long run Emerson for MacInnis is pretty solid trade for the Blues.