Jackman nearly the elder statesman among Blues this year

Jackman nearly the elder statesman among Blues this year

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St. Louis Blues Christian Hanson (R) is defended by Barett Jackman during the team's first day of training camp at the Scottrade Center in St. Louis on September 12, 2013. The Blues begin their pre season schedule on September 15 in Dallas. UPI/Bill Greenblatt

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by Brian Feldman, Hockey StL

KMOV.com

Posted on September 12, 2013 at 7:16 PM

(HockeyStL) -- Jamie Langenbrunner.  Age 38.  Gone.  Scott Nichol.  Also age 38.  Gone.  Andy McDonald.  Age 36.  Gone as well. 

What's that mean?  Well, it means at the ripe old age of 32 defenseman Barret Jackman is nearly the oldest player on the entire roster (fellow defenseman Jordan Leopold is 33).  And it also means there's a quite a gap between him and some of the younger guys on the roster.

"I was looking at it.  There's guys that are 13 years younger than me," Jackman said.  "I'm definitely getting older but I'm only 32.  (Jordan Leopold) is a little older than me so I'm still not the oldest guy on the team."

The British Columbia native turned St. Louisan has been a Blue ever since the day he was drafted 17th overall back in 1999.  And while he's never been one to light up the scoreboard - Jackman's never totaled more than 27 points in a season, and that was seven years ago - he is one of the toughest players on the roster. 

And he doesn't believe the youth of the Blues is going to be a problem going forward.

"It feels a little bit younger but looking at the roster there are guys that's...like (David) Backes I thought he was young when he came in the league but he's only a couple years younger than me.  He's a guy that's matured and is a leader of this hockey team. 

And Alex Steen is the same way.  Those guys are the same age.  So guys are all within three or four years of each other so it's really not 21, 22-years old anymore.  There are guys between 23 and 27 that are seasoned vets that have leadership and a lot of character on this team," Jackman said.

Jackman also says they're going to have to pick up the slack defensively with the absence of Alex Pietrangelo, who's sitting out of training camp while he negotiates a new contract. 

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