St. Louis Blues: Will they leave the NHL Western Conference singing the blues?
The St. Louis Blues had a successful season on many levels last season. For starters, St. Louis made the playoffs for the sixth-straight season. Then the second round came. And the rest, as they say, is history. The Blues would lose in the second round to the eventual conference champions: the Nashville Predators. One of the brightest spots on the team through the playoffs last season: Jake Allen. Allen, if he can return to playoff form, will be a big part in making the Blues defense scary.
For the most part, the Blues roster remains mostly the same. And with that, it could be a safe bet to say the Blues may be as successful again. After looking at the new additions, it may be possible for the Blues to actually be better this season. Last year, the Blues were strong from goalie all the way to forward. Whether there were weak areas or not, it wasn’t very easy to spot with the naked eye.
Here are some players the Blues have acquired:
Brayden Schenn: Acquired in a trade with Flyers.
Beau Bennett: Signed 1-year contract.
Oskar Sundqvist: Acquired from Penguins, also signed a new contract.
Here are some key players the Blues lost:
Jori Lehtora: Sent to Flyers via trade.
David Perron: Taken by Vegas Golden Knights in the expansion draft.
Kenny Agostino: Joins Boston Bruins.
Nail Yakupov: Joins Colorado through free agency.
Say what you want about the Blues. Looking through this roster, it is definitely a challenge to find a weakness.
With the structure of the team, the lack of big changes, and the changes elsewhere in the division, the Blues could definitely do some damage. Will they win the division? Nashville May have something to say about that.