Look to the north, Blues

A divisional rival could hold a pricey, but important, St. Louis acquisition

Originally Published: June 17, 2010
By Andrew Rothstein and E.J. Hradek | Puck Prospectus and ESPN The Magazine
Andrew LaddBill Smith/NHLI/Getty ImagesCould Ladd be an answer for a fellow Central division squad?

Plugging Holes -- St. Louis Blues

The Hole: A top-six forward, a top-four defenseman

St. Louis finished a disappointing 19th in even-strength defense with a minus-6.6 GVT and 14th in total defense with a 2.3 GVT, though they managed to finish tied for 11th in goals against per game with 2.66. The even-strength offense, which ranked 16th in the league this past year with an underwhelming minus-4.5 GVT, wasn't much better.

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E.J. Hradek

Senior Writer, ESPN The Magazine
E.J. Hradek is a senior writer at ESPN The Magazine, joining the staff prior to its launch in 1998. He began covering hockey as a writer/editor for Hockey Illustrated in 1989.