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.