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St. Louis Blues Offseason Report Card

By Sean Fitzgerald

May 10, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; St. Louis Blues players on the ice as Los Angeles Kings won game six of the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs at the Staples Center. Kings won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Blues: The Blues were 2nd in the NHL central division. They were 29-17-2 and made the playoffs. They lost to the LA kings in the quarter finals 4-2.

Draft results:

Round 2: Tommy Vannelli Defenseman, Shoots Right, height 6-2 and weight is 170lbs. He has not been ranked by Hockey Futures. He will not be rushed through the Blues system. He adds to already deep Blues system.

Round 2: William Carrier Center shoots left, height 6-2 and weight is 196lbs. He has not been ranked by Hockey futures.  He could challenge for a spots on the Blue this season, but most believe he will be sent back to juniors. The Blues got a first round blue line talent in the 2nd round because of injury.

Round 4: Zach Pochiro Left wing shoots right, height 6-1 and weight is 161. No ranking by Hockey futures. He was loved by the Blue front office so much they traded up to get him. He is a talented player who has the ability on the offensive side of the ice. He needs to add bulk to frame.

Santeri Saari Defenseman shoots left, height 6-2 and weight 191. No ranking by Hockey futures. He is a Finnish player with potential to develop overseas.

Free agent adds: Jake Allen Goalie, Derek Roy Forward, Maxim Lapierre Forward, and Jay Bouwmeester Defenseman

Projection: The St. Louis Blue haves built their team through the draft with younger players. They have a deep team at the NHL level but are not a very  deep system. They are poised to be competitive for a long while with their core. They did re-sign Jay Bouwmeester was a big move for them. They added depth through the draft to already deep system. They could have addressed their offense in free agency which they did not. They will be in the upper third of the newly formed central division for quite a while.

Overall Grade: C