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Last year the Blues' roster was filled with underproductive guys, many of them being paid lots of money to score, but never amounting to much. So the Blues said goodbye to Doug Weight, Petr Cajanek, Martin Rucinsky, and others and welcomed the next generation of players, the future Blues.

And I don't know if it comes as a surprise or not that these players have stepped in and played well through the first three games of the season. Patrik Berglund, T.J. Oshie, Alex Pietrangelo, Chris Porter, Roman Polak have mixed well with the veterans on the team. These guys have provided youth and excitement to the team and vibrancy, which has allowed the guys who SHOULD be scoring to score.

Paul Kariya, Andy Mcdonald, Brad Boyes and Keith Tkachuk have had great starts. Paul Kariya has finally jump-started the Power-Play like the Blues had hoped he would when the signed him. Brad Boyes shows no signs of letting up on his goal scoring from last year. And Andy Murray looks like a genius...so far...by putting five forwards on the PP.

Although it's only 3 games into the season, the Blues have already gotten a hard-fought character win, beating the Leafs after beaing down 3-0. I admit that after the first period I was thinking, "Here we go again, like last year," but I was pleasantly surprised to be proven wrong.

While the Blues offense might not keep up this 4-goal per game average all season, and they might occasionally still play poorly in games, they have shown in their first three games that they will not give up in a game, and with the youth movement in full effect, the younger guys will help pick up the older guys and push them even harder, which so far has resulted in lots of scoring.
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October 14, 2008 12:00 PM ET | Delete
Health is going to be key for this team to remain competitive. They've already had a few injuries to start this year. One note on the PP, the only issue with having 5 forwards on the PP, is the group is defensively venerable. This was evident against the Isles. Stempniak was going to be a key guy on the point on the PP. Apparently Murray had him working on the defensive aspects in anticipation for this role. Hopefully Stempniak gets back soon so we can get that PP rollin against the Stars.
October 14, 2008 4:47 PM ET | Delete
i will take the defensive liability anyday on the powerplay if they are going to produce even anywhere close to what they are now
October 14, 2008 6:29 PM ET | Delete
If anything, this is going to be exciting to watch, even if we don't make the playoffs. I'm not worried about 5 forwards on the powerplay. Manny is a pretty good insurance policy, and even if he can't stop the puck...who cares? That is, as long as we can keep producing. I'd even say that regular shorthanded goals aren't that big of a deal if I could count on the PP for AT LEAST one goal EVERY NIGHT.
October 25, 2008 7:15 PM ET | Delete
You forgot to mention how we dumped Ryan Johnson, Matt Walker and Jamal Mayers. Let's be frank if we're going to mention players that don't produce just some of who those players were. We have more inhouse cleaning to do.Man if we had EJ on this team we'd be well...amazing. Here's hoping to more of the talented kids coming in.
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