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2013 Blues Preview: This Blue Got Green

Paul Westover

Paul Westover

Paul Westover writes about fantasy sports for RotoWire.

If Forrest Gump were a St. Louis Blues fan, he would sum up this team with his most fundamental logic: "The Blues are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you're gonna get."

After exceeding all expectations by flirting with the Presidents' Trophy in the 2011-12 season, they followed up with an uninspired lockout shortened season and another first-round defeat in the playoffs. Fortunately, the Blues were able to avoid a lengthy holdout by signing Alex Pietrangelo to a long-term deal in early September, as the looming cloud of the star blueliner's absence was a growing concern over the course of the summer.

Coach Ken Hitchcock preaches a "team first" mentality and the team has bought into that. So much, that it seems the forwards are all interchangeable and predisposed to making one too many passes. This team has offensively gifted players in David Backes, T.J. Oshie, Chris Stewart and Patrik Berglund. They also have stars in the making with Vladimir Taras

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