Last Sunday we had an insider’s look into the St. Louis Blues through the eyes of writer Jennifer Metzler. We continue to get the skinny (I love working that in there) on the Blues with another writer, Mr. Randall Ritchey. He is an entertaining follow on Twitter and his articles on Too Many Men on the Site provide current, informative hockey news. Check it out!
Sum up your 2010-11 season in one word: Disappointing
What was your favorite moment from this past season?
The Blues 10-3 domination over the Red Wings. Granted it was Joey MacDonald and Thomas McCollum in net for the Wings, players like Porter, Janssen, Crombeen, and Sobotka were the the most offensive players of the game.
What player(s) on your team should be feared next season and why?
Patrik Berglund. He really showed his true skills at the World Championships. He has the potential to really break out next season and be one of the top players on the club. If he can use his big frame to drive to the net, and his hard shot on the powerplay, I see 30 plus goals and potentially a point per game player. He was dominant in for Sweden and after signing that new two year deal with St. Louis, he doesn’t have to worry about not having to play for a contract. He’s going to be force the Blues next season.
Going into 2011-12, what do you feel will be your team’s strengths / weaknesses?
The Blues strength will surprisingly be offense. We have three potential 30 goal guys in David Backes, Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund. Not to mention if Perron is back, along with a healthy Andy McDonald and TJ Oshie, we could have upwards of 6 or more (Alex Steen and Matt D’Agostini) who can record 50+ points.
The weakness really could be defense. They really need to sign or trade for a left handed rugged shut down guy. If they could acquire such a player, the Blues will be strong offensively, defensively, and in net. They have the depth and would barring injury could be pegged as a playoff team.