Meet Steve Wagner
"I don't see Steve Wagner going anyplace other than where he is right now, which is one of our leading defensemen," Blues coach Andy Murray said. "He moves the puck well; he's going to be on our power play, we use him killing penalties.
"He skates extremely well and his game is suited to the new style of hockey that's being played."
Wagner's an interesting case so far, a kid who looks like he was basically playing in the NCAA to get an education as an automotive engineer. Somewhere along the way, the dream of playing pro hockey for a living started to become part of the equation, and now we've got a top notch coach like Andy Murray saying some pretty nice things about the guy.
Maybe he's no Martin St. Louis, but plus-6 after nine games in your NHL debut isn't too shabby. Heading into training camp, I didn't even think there was an opening on the Blues' back end, and especially not with a guy like David Tanabe in the mix on a tryout, but now Wagner's fourth on the team in ice time, ahead of veterans Bryce Salvador and Matt Walker.
We'll see where he fits in when this team's entirely healthy.