By mid-season, the Blues were flopping and reportedly entertaining some foundation-shifting trades as potential sellers. Then they got white-hot, held onto stars such as Alex Pietrangelo and Vladimir Tarasenko and crusaded to the playoffs. Instead of blowing it up, GM Doug Armstrong is positioned to add pieces to a team on the rise.
IMMEDIATE NEEDS: The Blues boast exciting prospects at forward. Robert Thomas stuck with the big club, Jordan Kyrou bounced back and forth, Klim Kostin was great at the WJC and Dominik Bokk looks like a steal at 25th overall. St. Louis isn’t certain any of these youngsters will become high-impact offensive players next season, though, so acquiring a veteran goal-scorer would help.
LONG-TERM NEEDS: Pietrangelo enters the final season of his deal, and Jay B...
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