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    So as some of you will know, I've been real high on the Blues for a while now. I think this is the year they take it to the next level. They've got such a strong, deep, diverse core of forwards that's been in for a while now, but they've never had forwards with elite offensive potential. I thought Oshie might, but Oshie was never quite the level of prospect Schwarz or Tarasenko have shown themselves to be. Both have not just top 6 potential, but elite scoring potential. And with a half-season of NHL hockey already under their belts, they should be able to step in and contribute immediately. There will be no sophomore slumps for them this year, as they're insulated by St. Louis' depth; if other teams start to focus on them, Backes and Oshie wand Stewart will start finding openings.

    The fact that they've got tough guys throughout the lineup, including Backes and Stewart who can play on the top six, bodes well for them not getting pushed around by bully teams like Boston or Toronto. The bottom six is finally starting to shape up nicely too, with a good mix of grinders (Lappy, Morrow) tough guys (Stewart, Reaves), defensive forwards (Sobotka, Steen when he plays there) and skill (Stewart, Roy)

    That's not to mention the defense, where Pietrangelo now has a legitimate top-pair defenseman to play with. Bouwmeester is mr. stability, so this could allow Pietrangelo to run rampant offensively, especially since Bouwmeester's elite skating allows him to get back and fix mistakes. I think they will be the bottom pair for Canada's Olympic team this year too. Oh, and then there's the second pair, featuring Kevin Shattenkirk, perennial 40 point defenseman.

    As for the goaltending, Halak has already shown that he can be as good as any goalie in the world for stretches in the playoffs...

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    Gotta agree, St Louis have a very solid team that is built for playoff hockey.

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      I hadn't seen this until now, but apparently Jordan Binnington thought he deserved the Calder. You can't win a Calder as a goalie starting only 30 games. Pettersson deserved it for sure.

      https://dailyhive.com/vancouver/blue...ersson-canucks

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        Haha good for him. Love to see that kind of confidence in a goalie.

        But yeah of course Pettersson deserved it. If they counted playoffs it might have been a different story.

        If I can be wildly speculative for a moment, the bit in the article where they say Binnington promptly changed the subject made me wonder if maybe the bad taste wasn't about the voters' decision, but about the fact that he only played 30 games. Perhaps he thought he deserved to start more games and if he had been given that opportunity he would have been able to win the award...

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        • #5
          Originally posted by matchesmalone View Post
          Haha good for him. Love to see that kind of confidence in a goalie.

          But yeah of course Pettersson deserved it. If they counted playoffs it might have been a different story.

          If I can be wildly speculative for a moment, the bit in the article where they say Binnington promptly changed the subject made me wonder if maybe the bad taste wasn't about the voters' decision, but about the fact that he only played 30 games. Perhaps he thought he deserved to start more games and if he had been given that opportunity he would have been able to win the award...
          That's a really good point!!

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