Hockey is finally back! I know I am excited! The St. Louis Blues got me and others excited last year by having a 109 point performance and making the playoffs. They spent the off season (which was way too long) locking up their talent and strengthening their team bond. Forward David Perron got a 4 year deal and my personal favorite T.J. Oshie got a 5 year one. Recently they even signed General Manager Doug Armstrong to his own 5 year deal. Some call him the best GM in the league. I will jump on that bandwagon when the Stanley Cup is hoisted at Scottrade.
With a compressed 48 games, and a lockout shortened season, I think the fact that the Blues have two outstanding goalies (Jaroslav Halak and Brian Elliott) makes them the team to beat in the Western Conference. I don’t think you can find me a combo that was better last season. Let’s hope that they will be on their games this year because there won’t be much time to figure things out.
Last year injuries hurt the Blues with concussions being the main cause. This year if a player misses two weeks with an injury he will miss 7-10 games instead of maybe 4. The healthiest, hottest team going into the playoffs will have the advantage.
I am excited about watching them play this season. How will rookie phenom Vladimir Tarasenko perform at this level? Can Jaden Schwartz hang in the NHL? Who gets sent down to Peoria and how long will they stay there? Will Collin White make the team and help out some of the best defenders in the league? Can Perron play a whole season healthy? When will the rest of the league realize what a force David Backes is and realize he is an outstanding Captain? Can Vladimir Sobotka be ok with playing as a 3rd or 4th liner after doing so well scoring goals in Russia?
I know fans that are upset about hockey. I am a fan of this team. I was around when the Sutter brothers were around and I will be around when Keith Tkachuck’s kids get drafted by this team.
Long Live The Note!