No reason the Blues should not go right back to the playoffs, given their depth. With Vladimir Tarasenko looking to expand on his superstar resume, the Blues are going to be in the hunt for the division title. Wonder which goaltender will emerge as the go-to guy, Jake Allen or Brian Elliott? Coach Ken Hitchcock is hoping one of them will or this team is bound for another disappointing end.
Yes, the Blues got dumped in the first round by Minnesota. Still, this remains a team that is capable of much more. That was driven home when T.J. Oshie was sent to the Capitals in exchange for Troy Brouwer.The clock is now ticking for the Blues, who face a blow-up if they don't blow it out next spring.