This is going to be a little bit of a backward look at how, by looking at his stats, you could have seen that Martin St. Louis was going to be a great player.
As a 16 year old in AAA, he absolutely dominated his league by getting around 2.5 points per game. The next year, as a 17 year old, he continued his brilliant play with a stunning 87 points in 31 games. It is important to note that he had high goal totals each year. This is important as even if a player is really a playmaker. As a note, Adam Oates who is regarded as a quintessential setup man, was recording around a goal a game in his early pre-pro days.
In his NCAA days, he was still a dominant offensive player. From his 18th to 21st birthdays he recorded a great points to game ratio and improved his goal totals in each of his first three years. All of this high point totals, high goal scoring, and progression showed that he was a special offensive player and it was only a matter of time before he blossomed at the NHL level.
St. Louis made all of his milestones and didn't have any real setbacks. This was pretty clear evidence of his heart, determination, and talent. All he needed was a solid chance and some adjustment to the NHL, which he wasn't really given before he arrived in Tampa Bay.
Using my scouting system, found here http://www.fantasyhockeycoach.com/en...Hockey-Players, you don't even need to see their AHL play most of the time.
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