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01-26-2013, 05:41 PM
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What a question!!! Of course, this team is better than last year's. Tarasenko is a player that can create goals on his own. That means that The Blues can score even when facing a super-hot goaltender and a smothering defence. In addition, Backes, Berglund, Perron, Oshie, Pietrangelo, Shattenkirk are all one year more experienced, and progressing well, and seem to be playing with more poise and confidence than last season. Schwartz is another quality addition, replacing a player with much less 2-way talent. In addition, Cole should play better than last year, and better than the marginal defencemen whose minutes he'll be replacing.

Also, ALL players will be integrated into Hitch's system, and those from last season will be a LOT more used to it and comfortable in it. AND, Stewart had a very poor season last year, and he's playing a lot better. He should be able to keep up this play all season.

The Blues should be significantly tougher in this season's playoffs, after doing a similar job in the regular season, to what they did last season.

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