Just some quick impressions from me on the Blues Roster.
His improved play was just as important to the team improving as Andy Murrays hiring. The team didnt win quite as much as soon as he was injured at the end of the year. It was the right move to re-sign him and it is key that he starts strong next year.
He was strong at times but far too inconsistent. It is time to cut ties with him and use one of the many young goalies in the Blues system as the backup. The main weakness in his game is his inability to stop players on breakways or in the shootout.
Performed better than expected at the end of the year considering he played pretty poorly in the AHL. He should compete for the backup job next year.
Played pretty well at the end of the year. Would like to see him bulk up a bit and be more aggresive. He is a non-factor too many night, not making mistakes, but not making much of an impact either. If some other team wants him, Backman would be the ideal defenseman to trade to make room for Polak or Woywitka.
The whipping boy for far too many Blues fans, I am very glad we have him. He really stepped up this year being more physcial on the defensive end and taking more chances in the offensive end. People complain that he gets caught up ice too often, but I think it is a matter of Blues forwards being better at rotating back sometimes when Brewer gets in deep. He was fairly succesful when positioned in front of the net on the powerplay for a short while in the middle of the year. I look for big things from him next year, he is another player who absolutely needs to start out strong next year.
The teams most dependable defenseman, he should be wearing the C next year. He even started scoring a bit at the end of the year with some time on the power plays second unit. He hopefully will be with the Blues a longtime.
Didnt see enough of him this year, but he seems to have taught the Blues how to block shots. For a while when he was playing the whole team was blocking shots left and right. Would be huge if he was healthy all next year.
Probably shouldnt be on the team next year. He had an impressive plus minus over the last few games, but is slow and doesnt add much to the team.
Didnt make too many mistakes, and showed some promise as a puck moving defensemasn, but it rarely lead to anything. I dont see him cracking the top 6 if EJ joins the team next year. Maybe he will make it if one of the other Dmen get traded in the offseason.
Great partner for the roaming Brewer as he rarely gets caught out of position, adds nothing on the offensive end but is dependable in his own end.
His development is key to success next year. If he can develop at the pace that Stempniak has it would be great for the powerplay. He showed a lot of promise around the net and showed increased toughness as the year went on. When he plays aggressively he makes things happen all over the ice. At times he had some letdowns in his own end and would disappear. If he learns to show up every game he could easily be a 25 goal 50 point player next year.
One of the few players the Blues have that can create their own offense, was an important pickup. He started off very strong after arriving from the Bruins, but trailed off as the year went on. Not sure who I would play him with, I dont think he and Weight are a good match.
Came on strong after being put on waivers. He is a frustrating player who shows flashes of brilliance and then long stretches of nothing. He can finally earn the money he is getting if he can start the year next year the way he finished this year (a common theme I know).
He had some good years for the team but he really doesnt add much anymore. Just one of those players I hate to see on the ice now. Maybe he will retire.
Is an unrestricted free agent who I would like to see back at the right price. He didnt put up huge numbers but has more offensive skills than most players on the team. We need to have a few more players like this rather than the slew of checking forwards who never get the puck near the net.
My favorite of the checking forwards because of his speed. When he has his chance he can fly by people to the net and he is probably the teams best penalty killer. I believe he might be a free agent, so may not be back with the team, especially with Hinote expected back from injuries next year.
Frustrating player who doesnt play as tough as he used to and is useless in the offensive end, but a decent penalty killer. Not really sure why he was re-signed for 3 years.
Really improved this year and looked pretty good playing center with Weight on the wing. Also showed flashes of brilliance centering Stempniak and Backes. Could be the 2nd line center next year if the team doesnt sign any centers this offseason. Should be on the penalty kill as often as possible in my opinion.
Not a bad 4th line center, if the team needs somebody and he doesnt ask for too much I would like to see him back, his lines had some success at pinning teams in their own end.
Didnt show much, dont think he will be back.
Has received far too many chances and has done little. Doubt he will be back.
Showed that when he plays with confidence he can be a star. Has a really great wrist shot and created more of his own chances this year. He was streaky at times, if he can be more consistent next year he should get past the 30 goal mark and potentially threaten to get 40 goals. Most exciting young offensive home grown Blues product in a while.
Really changed my opinion of him with his play after Guerin and Tkachuk were gone. He says he hadnt really recovered from his shoulder injury until January, may explain the poor start. Hopefully he is a leader from Day 1 next year, given his experience he really should be the leader of this team but didnt show any leadership until after the trade deadline.
Earned a shot at being with team full time next year as the enforcer. Impressive fighter and doesnt embarass himself on the ice.
I think the team missed him more than people realize. While he didnt score a ton, he is one of the teams better offensive players. But I actually think his absence helped the development of Stempniak as Stempniak had to be relied on to score.