Redden, Pietrangelo finding a common groove

Redden, Pietrangelo finding a common groove

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Redden, Pietrangelo finding a common groove

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by Scott Bierman / HockeyStL

KMOV.com

Posted on January 29, 2013 at 3:57 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 22 at 9:20 AM

(HockeyStL) -- If there is one player in the National Hockey League that a young defenseman can learn from it would be Wade Redden.

Redden’s journey to the NHL and back has been well-documented since he signed with the Blues on January 20.  After spending two seasons in the AHL with the Rangers affiliate, Redden has made an immediate impact for the Blues scoring two goals in his first three games. Watch Redden goal

Redden is no stranger to producing offensively.  Prior to his stint with the Blues, the 35-year-old defenseman appeared in 994 games and posted 450 points (106 goals, 344 assists).

There has been a comfortable feel for Redden since making the move to St. Louis.

“I think every locker room is the same.  All guys are here and they’re good teammates,” Redden said.  “Coming to St. Louis I felt really at home and been with a great bunch of guys so that makes it a lot easier on the ice.”

It also doesn’t help to be playing alongside one of the top defenseman in the league.  Alex Pietrangelo and Redden did not post a single point combined in their first game playing together, but posted five points (two goals, three assists) combined in the last two games.

Pietrangelo noted that playing with Redden has added the element of simplicity to his game.

“He’s an experienced guy that has been able to calm me down in my game,” Pietrangelo said.  “He’s accomplished a lot in this league and it shows...back-to-back games with a goal it seems like he hasn’t missed a beat. 

“He keeps it simple.  Obviously, you like having a partner that you don’t have to worry about.  He’s always going to make the right play and he’s always going to make the game simple for me.  He is always in the right spot at the right time.”

And for Redden, St. Louis might be the right spot at the right time. 

The early numbers suggest that might be the case.  He scored only two goals in 75 games with the Rangers in his final year in the NHL.  The scoring pace is unlikely to hold steady, but at least now he won’t have the pressure to be the offensive weapon that he once was.

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