Although the Blues were not a very potent offense last season, the team did show major improvements toward the latter part of the year. Here are three reasons why the Blues offense will be improved:
1. Rookie Production- Vladimir Tarasenko and Jaden Schwartz should produce well offensively in their first full season. Both show tons of offensive potential and even if both don’t make the opening night roster they will provide depth in case of injury. The aging Jason Arnott is the only subtraction from the group of forwards not counting B.J. Crombeen, because he doesn’t score much. Tarasenko and Schwartz combined should easily be able to top the 17 goals and 17 assists of Arnott from last season.
2. Health- Hopefully the Blues can stay at least somewhat healthier than last season. David Perron will be ready for the start of the season this year, and hopefully Andy Mcdonald and Alex Steen can stay concussion free. All three still put up good numbers but it will be fun to see what they could do in a full season. This is asking a lot and we know there will be some injuries, but hopefully less frequent than last season.
3.The Return of Chris Stewart- The potential rejuvenation of Chris Stewart could add an easy ten goals. Stewart only scored 15 last season. In the two previous seasons he scored 28 in each. Stewart was given another chance to prove himself and seems to be working hard this offseason. He may not set a career high, but he should put up more than 15.