Top turnaround candidates for 2012-13 

August, 6, 2012

Jamie BennJerome Miron/US PresswireAs he enters his prime, Jamie Benn could lead the Stars to the playoffs next season.
The St. Louis Blues were one of last season's best stories. They were a young team that blossomed under the leadership of veteran coach Ken Hitchcock, stunning Western Conference division rivals on the way to a 109-point season and a division title, beating out favorites like the Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators and Detroit Red Wings for the top spot in the Central.

It's a breakout season that will be hard to duplicate by others, but every year there are surprises during the regular season and this year won't be any different. To find this year's version of the Blues, it helps to look at what made that team poised for success last year.