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Big NHL Debut for USHL Alum Schwartz

Sunday March 18, 2012

Former USHL leading scorer Jaden Schwartz had a NHL debut to remember when he scored the game-winning goal for the St. Louis Blues. (photo by Scott Audette/Getty Images)

Former USHL forward scores goal on first shot in the NHL

It didn’t take long for Jaden Schwartz to make an impact at the NHL level as the former USHL Forward of the Year scored a goal during his NHL debut with the St. Louis Blues.

With the scored tied 1-1 late in the first, Schwartz scored his first NHL goal on his first shot as a pro.  The goal would also prove to be the game-winner as the Blues captured a 3-1 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.  Schwartz became the 13th player in St. Louis Blues history to score a goal in his NHL debut.  Additionally, the win clinched a playoff berth for the Blues.

Schwartz logged 13:50 minutes of ice time playing on the left wing during his first NHL game.  He was signed by the Blues earlier in the week.  He spent the 2009-10 season in the USHL playing with the Tri-City Storm.  He led the League in scoring with 83 points (33g, 50a) in 60 regular season games as a 17-year-old, becoming the youngest player to lead the USHL in scoring since the 1982-83 season.

Schwartz would also earned honors as USHL Forward of the Year and was named to the All-USHL First Team.  Following that season, he was selected by the Blues in the first round (14th overall) of the 2010 NHL Draft.  He recently completed his second season at Colorado College where he compiled 88 points (32g, 56a) in 60 career games at the school, leading the Tigers in scoring both seasons.

USHL stats – Jaden Schwartz

Video – Jaden Schwartz’s first NHL goal

Video – Jaden Schwartz interview

 

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