St. Louis Blues: 3 Burning Questions for the 2018 Stanley Cup Champions
The upcoming NHL season is right around the corner. Last year the St. Louis Blues took the league by surprise. In January they were dead last in the league but by the end, they were the best. The Blues won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. They made a coaching change, and everything went up from there. The Blues play in what many consider the tougher conference the West. They are returning most of their team from last year. Here are three burning questions going into the 2019-20 season.
1. Can Jordan Binnington repeat last year’s performance?
Last year Binnington replaced Jake Allen. Allen was the future for the Blues. Binnington came in and took the starting job from Allen. Allen was in the net earlier in the season. With new head coach Craig Berube took over he started Binnington over Allen. Binnington had 30 starts in the 2018-19 season. His record was 24-5-1 with a 1.89 GAA and a .927 save percentage. Binnington started all the playoff games for the Blues. He went 16-10 in those 26 games. The four most important wins came in the finals over the Boston Bruins. I believe that if he does the same last year, he should be back to lead the Blues back to another Cup.
2. Can they show that last year wasn’t a fluke?
Now as a team can they show last year wasn’t a one-year wonder. Like I said earlier this team was in dead last in January. They were able to find a way to rise above it and win the cup. The Blues changed head coaches from David Yeo to Crain Berube. Berube was up for the Jack Adams award for coach of the year. They had players like Binnington, and O’Reilly just names a few that step up. To make sure that it wasn’t a fluke they need to find the mojo right off the bat in 2019-20 season. This team could be right back in the thick of things for another Stanley Cup.
3. Can Ryan O’Reilly lead by example again?
O’Reilly was a great leader for the St. Louis Blues last year. He played in all 82 games. O’Reilly had 28 goals and 49 assists. He had 5 game-winning goals. During the playoffs, he was vital for the Blues. O’Reilly had 8 goals and 15 assists. With those stats, he would take home the Conn Smythe Trophy. This trophy is awarded to the best player in the playoffs. O’Reilly would also win the Frank Selke Trophy for best defensive forward. He will need to bring that leadership back again and help lead the Blues to another Stanley Cup.
The Blues are good enough to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions. The players that help last year will have to do the same. Head coach Berube will have them back in the same system that they won in last year. Look for the Blues to be right back for another run.
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