5 free agent forwards the St. Louis Blues can take from the Pacific Division

Let’s play the what-if game and speculate St. Louis Blues general manager Doug Armstrong will make a splash in free agency this July.
Edmonton Oilers v St Louis Blues
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Adam Henrique, C/Edmonton Oilers

Suppose Oilers general manager Ken Holland manages to extend Warren Foegele and leaves teams like the Blues without a chance to bring him in. Not all hope is lost since it would be tough to see a player like Adam Henrique returning. An older player, Henrique won’t likely cost the Blues as much to bring to the Midwest, so if they were looking for a cheaper signing, Henrique wouldn’t be a bad bet. 

Further, if the Blues wanted a rather productive stopgap who wouldn’t get in the way of future prospects who will inevitably make their respective debuts for the Blues over the next few seasons, Henrique also makes sense. He will be entering his age-34 season in 2024-25, and Henrique can still be productive, something we saw when he logged 51 points and 24 goals this season. 

Henrique is also more physical than Kapanen and Foegele, and he’s been that way for most of his career. So, not only will he bring more productivity offensively, but Henrique will also pitch in time and again when the Blues don’t have the puck if they are fortunate enough to sign him. 

The only real concern is that Henrique hasn’t looked as effective offensively in Edmonton, but we also have to remind ourselves that he didn’t need to be with so much scoring prowess on the team.