If you’ve ever watched the St. Louis Blues in the playoffs you’ll notice that they never make it too far despite success in the regular season. Since we’re approaching hockey season and the playoffs are over, I think it’s a good idea to go over what the Blues did wrong, and what they’ll need to change. I may go more in depth in a different post.
1.) Blues were playing too soft. St. Louis isn’t the most physical team in the world but they have some aggressive players (Reaves, Ott, Backes) and they didn’t play as physical as usual.
2.) Slow defense. The Blues defense let players into the zone too easily and could not get the puck out of the zone.
3.) No consistency. The only players who were consistently making good offensive plays throughout the series were Kevin Shattenkirk, and Vladimir Tarasenko. The first line did not produce nearly as much as they needed. And goaltending was solid until game 5 & 6.
What The Blues Need To Do Now
Something the Blues need to do is get more young, fast, and physical defensive men. Not signing Barret Jackman was a step in the right direction. Another important thing they did was resign Tarasenko. Even though the 2014-2015 season was when he broke out and showed how good he was, he’s already important and they’ll build around him.
If you think I left out something big, I’m totally wrong, or just want to talk about it, be sure to reply.