There was big news today in St. Louis in addition to the Blues’ success this season as highly touted prospect Jaden Schwartz was slated to make his debut with the team against Tampa. Schwartz, as many of you will recall, was the captain of this year’s Canadian World Juniors team.
Despite the obvious skepticism that comes with a teenager’s debut in the NHL, Schwartz made an impression right away as he scored his goal on his first career shot in the first period of his first game. Not too shabby.
His name also gives me the opportunity to reference Spaceballs in the title which is awesome for all.
Take a look at the goal.
It’s not exactly the most beautiful goal you’ll ever see, but it’s encouraging to see a kid in his first game driving to the net hard and picking up a dirty goal around the crease when it’s much more natural to hang around and wait for the puck to find you.
This also must be a pretty special moment for the Schwartz family as a whole given what they have been put through over the last year or so after Jaden’s older sister Mandi Schwartz died after a lengthy battle with Leukemia.
Good on ya, Jaden.
Do you think Schwartz can stick with the loaded big club? Or does he still need time before he can be a full-time pro?
Update: Schwartz’s goal held up as the game winner for St. Louis who are now the first team to hit 100 points and clinch a playoff spot. It gets better and better for the kid.