Although many Red Wings fans were not thrilled to hear that the team signed Steve Ott to a one-year deal in the offseason, he has proven to be a valuable asset for Detroit thus far.
In the four games he has played in this season, Ott has brought his physical brand of hockey to the Red Wings lineup. He has been sticking up for teammates, he has been an agitator, he has played on the penalty kill, and he even showed up on the stat sheet Tuesday night against Carolina after setting up Andreas Athanasiou with a nice dish for his second goal of the season.
Tonight will be the first time Ott faces his former team as the Red Wings take on the St. Louis Blues on the road.
“It’s always awkward playing your old team that first time,” Ott said of the game.
Ott spent two and a half seasons in St. Louis before signing with the Red Wings. While he admits he has several close friends on the Blues roster, he assures that he does not plan on changing his physical style of play.
“I think everybody on that team knows how I play and what I do, and they would be disappointed if I didn’t play that way”
Though it is early in the season, Ott appears confident in this Red Wings team and the way they’re playing, saying: “We’re building something here. It’s coming together. When you continue to string wins together and fix things at the same time, that’s the sign of a team that’s building.”
Ott will play on the fourth line alongside Luke Glendening and Justin Abdelkader as the Red Wings look to continue their five game win streak.