St. Louis Blues at a glance


LAST SEASON: 51-24-7, 109 points. Won Central Division, Lost to Minnesota Wild in first round.

COACH: Ken Hitchcock (fourth full season), 708 career wins fourth on career list.

ADDED: F Troy Brouwer, C Kyle Brodziak, F Scottie Upshall.

LOST: D Barret Jackman, F T.J. Oshie.

PLAYER TO WATCH: Vladimir Tarasenko. The 23-year-old forward is one of the emerging stars in the NHL, coming off a 37-goal season and with a new eight-year, $60 million contract.

OUTLOOK: The Blues have been eliminated in first round last three seasons after strong regular seasons. They’ll attempt to finally excel in the playoffs by going to a more aggressive style with more players joining the rush and pressing the attack. They have the roster to make a deep playoff run.