What a story for the Blues this season. Dead last in the league in January only to make a miraculous turnaround eventually capping it off with their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. What more can be said?
Additions: Justin Faulk
Subtractions: Pat Maroon, Joel Edmundson
The Blues are bringing back the exact same forward group minus the “Big Rig” himself, Pat Maroon. They still have Conn Smythe winner Ryan O’Reilly, top goal scorer Vladimir Tarasenko, and up-and-coming players like Robert Thomas and Zach Sanford. They’re top-6 forward unit is among the top-5 best in the league. They’re big, heavy, and will wear teams down.
The addition of Justin Faulk adds more firepower to a very mobile defensive corps.Only the Hurricanes defense scored more goals than the Blues however, we think St. Louis will be in tough to create as much offense from the blueline as it did last year.
Jordan Binnington was the biggest reason for the Blues turnaround last year and he followed it up with some fantastic play throughout their playoff run. If he plays at that level for a full season, it’s fair to think he could push his way into the Vezina Trophy conversation.
The Point Prediction:
You can never count out the Stanley Cup hangover but we have the Blues surviving it and taking the second spot in the stacked Central Division. Their 7th place finish overall puts them in a great spot for another successful playoff run.
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