Commentary

Blues' young core stays strong

The return of a key prospect will pump up a talented foundation

Originally Published: August 5, 2009
By Robert Vollman & E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus/ESPN The Magazine

Using the newly debuted projection system of Puck Prospectus, VUKOTA, Insider takes the temperature of players on every NHL team, continung into the Central Division on Wednesday with the Blues.

Summer Skate -- St. Louis Blues


A late surge was enough for the Blues to make a surprise appearance in the postseason for the first time since the lockout. Other than signing goalie Ty Conklin to back up Chris Mason, the Blues have not made any significant roster changes. With limited player movement, full, injury-free seasons from Paul Kariya and Andy McDonald and continued improvement from the Blues' core of young players are the keys to proving that last year's playoff appearance wasn't a one-time fluke.

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