Surely Della Rovere didn't mean to run into Canucks goalie Roberto Luongo, right? Mmm, yeah, right.
Sometimes shit gets hectic around the ol' GT HQ, which I know sounds surprising since everyone pretty much assumes it's a frat house here (I wish), but we have been remiss in welcoming one of the new youngsters to the big team. Stefan Della Rovere, who could be destined for who was that one guy status if he doesn't make a name for himself in St. Louis after being traded for fan fav D.J. King, has now suited up for three NHL games and posted virtually not one stat worth speaking about, though he did fight Colin Fraser and managed to pull his jersey over his head, which almost never happens anymore.
However, that doesn't mean that he won't fit into this lineup and become yet another fan fav (Step One: get into a shared condo with at least one other youngster) much like King before him and Cam Janssen has as well. The one facet to his game/personality that he does have working for him above and beyond the ability to punch dudes? He's a leader too. In fact he was captain of his Barrie Colts team, a squad that had Alex Pietrangelo in the lineup. Clearly he plays hard, hits hard, punches hard and has the qualities to lead that hockey players respect.
Check out this video of Alex Pietrangelo stepping up for a teammate, getting fed a mouthful of fists and then Della Rovere throwing down with another guy in response to the lost fight to get the home crowd back into the game.
I'm not sure I'm convinced that a healthy Blues lineup needs two fighters in the lineup at the same time, but every locker room needs leadership, and the kid seems to be known for that.
Either way, welcome kid, wear that number 19 with pride.