Not that I am completely worried about this, but after reading the nice fan post on "Predictions for next year's roster" I think the Blues are in a little bit of trouble. The fans have responded to a few years of mediocre play with all kinds of sell outs this year. I have to give them much credit, but how long is that going to last? The amount of fair weather fans in St. Louis is hard to judge considering they probably haven't really been seen since the dawn of the '01 season and tapered off the next two years.
My concerns for this season basically involve our draft position. My simple prediction is that Perron returns in early March and the Blues tear it up just enough to fuck up our draft position. I don't want us to completely tank and get in the same sentence as Edmonton, but a top 5 draft pick would certainly be a nice place to be in. This is, of course, assuming we don't make the playoffs. I love the Blues, but right now, this is not looking like a playoff team. Conks got mad the other night in Tampa, that is good. We lost to a team a lot better than us in overtime, but shit, they are an Eastern conference team and we got a point out of it. We need to see our goalies get mad when Detroit gives us a loss. Not a Belfour like bitch fit, but show me some emotion.
Emotion, the lack there of, seems to be much like our captain. Brewer hardly ever shows it, when he does he gets into a fight at the wrong time in the game. The rest of the team seems to be too stoic. I am giving them the stoic title because it is the only way to be hardcore while seemingly not showing any emotion. However, hockey is a game of emotion. Big hits, fights, a sweet move, and the should-have-been-a-goal pad save from Halak are what drives the sport of hockey. Getting scored on and looking like you don't care doesn't make the other team afraid. Get pissed, go right back at them with your best shift. Get the goal back. Don't wait till the third and make the miracle comeback. If these things don't change and I'm sure they won't until Perron gets back and scores and end to end goal against someone, we are in a lot of trouble. I want to see a team lose a good game. Not win one or two then lose a game while not seeming to care about it. If we lose, I want to see a one goal game with the game winner having been something out of the Hull/Oates playbook.
So after all this, I reiterate.....Perron is the goal scoring catalyst of this team and the only one we have. When he gets back, the Blues will look like the early season Blues about 3 games into his return. We will miss the playoffs by 4 points and lose a decent draft spot position. Without Jarko, who knows what our scouting is like. He has done well, but we aren't historically great picking up great players late in the draft. Here's to you Blues, go out there and kick some ass!