50 Most Outstanding Players in St. Louis Blues History: 30-21

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29. Doug Weight

Forward, 2001-06, 2006-07; 364 games, 75 goals, 220 assists, plus-14 rating, 247 PIM

Following the loss of Pierre Turgeon after the 2000-01 season, the Blues wanted an impactful center to distribute the puck to scorers like Keith Tkachuk, Scott Young, and Pavol Demitra. They got that player on July 1 of 2001, acquiring star puck distributor Doug Weight from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for Jochen Hecht, Marty Reasoner, and Jan Horáček. Weight, who had been the Oilers’ captain, immediately became one of the Blues’ most influential leaders as well as one of their most valuable offensive contributors, and at the end of the day, he ended up being one of the franchise’s most influential players of the decade.

After missing roughly a quarter of his first season in the Blue Note, Weight was nearly a point-per-game player during the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons. He was an All-Star and earned votes for the Lady Byng and Selke Trophies in ’03-’04. After the lockout in ’04-’05, the Blues struggled mightily and Weight was dealt to the Carolina Hurricanes (a team that he’d go on to win the Stanley Cup with) at the deadline after collecting 44 points in 47 games with the Blues.

Weight re-signed with the Blues after his Cup run with Carolina, and while he never reached his previous level of production again, he was a valued leader and solid offensive presence for another 111 games before being dealt to the Anaheim Ducks in exchange for Andy McDonald in December of 2007.

Weight ranks eighth in Blues franchise history in assists per game (0.60), and with all 295 of his points with the Blues having come during the 2000s, he only trails Keith Tkachuk for the franchise lead in points during that decade.