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.
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Elias Lindholm, C/Vancouver Canucks

Elias Lindholm may surprise you here because he impressed nobody since his trade to the Vancouver Canucks back in January. However, he was excellent during his time with the Calgary Flames, and that spilled over into this season when he had 32 points and nine goals after 49 contests. 

He went to British Columbia and couldn’t even log half a point per game, but it’s also worth noting that he wasn’t competing for the puck as often in Calgary. With the Flames, he was one of their top points-producers until the trade, but with the Canucks, Lindholm had players like J.T. Miller, Elias Pettersson, and blueliner Quinn Hughes scoring most of the goals along with Brock Boeser and Dakota Joshua. 

We would most likely see the version of Lindholm who played for the Flames if Doug Armstrong brought him to the Midwest. The Blues need scoring help, Lindholm could fit easily into their top-six, and since he would have something to prove, it would be tough to see him signing a long-term deal, whether it’s in Gateway City or somewhere else. 

Lindholm is also one of the better players in the league at the faceoff dot, if not one of the best, and his presence would also give the Blues more scoring chances. He may not be an impressive signing early should he come to St. Louis, but he’s productive when in the right situation.