The St. Louis Blues have declared their intentions for the 2023-24 season. They believe they can be a playoff contender.
What will make or break this team is how the entire team performs. Of course there will be a leading scorer and we all hope both Robert Thomas and Jordan Kyrou take steps towards being legitimate league stars instead of just top talents in St. Louis.
However, this is a team that is built as a team, but not in a usual way. They’re built on team success and sustained on a next man up mentality, but they’re also on that razor thin margin of one injury to the wrong person making them a lottery team again.
If you keep the team reasonably healthy all season, they can definitely make a run at the playoffs. How far they go in the regular season, and the playoffs, depends greatly on how this team gels and how consistent they can roll out the same lineup.
We saw with the 2023 St. Louis Cardinals that rotating players in different spots every single game doesn’t work. The same is true with the Blues.
They need to find the right combinations early. They need to get consistent production from those combinations, top to bottom.
With that in mind, let’s take a look at our projections for the forward groups.