Despite being in a "rebuilding mode,' the Blues are in the midst of contending for a playoff spot in the very competitive Western Conference. Don't expect the Blues to trade away any picks or prospects, but at the same time, John Davidson wants this team to be competitive. So, if I were JD, these are goals I would have for the Blues lineup:
First off: The Tradeable Assests
Without mortgaging the future, the Blues have a couple of tradeable players, namely defensemen. As pending UFAs, Salvador and Jackman look to be on the chopping block, although most Blues fans would ship out Christian Backman or eric brewer.
Short term goal
Yes, the Blues need scoring. Every fan will tell you that. But more specifically, I think the Blues need one more top six forward so we can at least roll two legitimate scoring lines, with Backes, McClement, and Stempniak providing a dangerous third line. So, the Blues need a veteran scoring forward! I've brought this up on these very message boards. And I'm not talking about a guy like Sundin. I'm referring to an acquisition similar to the Pens getting Mark Recchi a few years ago, a guy who was affordable and could still get the job done and provide playoff leadership. There's also a possibility the Blues could sign a player like this who was pinched out because of the CBA, similar to what the Hawks did last year with Nedved.
Long term goal
A marquee forward! Right now, the Blues have a dearth of defensive and goaltending prospects, and the forwards we've drafted are solid, but not All-Star game-breakers of an Iginla-calibur. Oshie or Perron may be this man, but in the next couple of drafts, I would start shoring up on offensive prospects so we can't miss. This may seem unrealistic, but given the Blues strength in scouting, I think it can be done. Daniel Briere was 24th overall and Scott Gomez was 27th. As long as the Blues have a 1st round pick, and considering the depth of the next two drafts, the Blues have the potential to get an offensive centerpiece for the future. The Boyes trade was a step in the right direction and I think offense is where the Blues are headed next.