Tuesday, October 5, 2010
2010-11 Preview: St. Louis Blues
2010-11 Prediction 8th Western Conference
The Blues finished the 2009-10 season in 9th place in the Western Conference with a 40-32-10 record and 90 points. The Blues have been going through a major rebuilding process and that process will result in a Playoff appearance this season. They have built a very strong defense through the draft and some trades. Barret Jackman and Erik Johnson will lead the defense and with the addition of G Jaroslav Halak the Blues should improve on their already impressive 11th ranked defense. On the offensive side of the puck David Backes, Andy MacDonald and Brad Boyes will need to pick up their scoring to improve on a poor offenseive showing last season. The losses of Keith Tkachuk and Paul Kariya will certainly hurt the offense but you should expect to see some trades made to add some more scoring. St Louis is still a young team but they are ready to take a step forward and make a return to the Playoffs.
Player to Watch: Jaroslav Halak