Summer Skate: St. Louis Blues
This is a young team with a lot of offensive hope -- although goalie may be an issue
Using the VUKOTA projection system of Puck Prospectus, Insider takes the temperature of key players on every NHL team. For a detailed explanation of Prospectus' proprietary GVT value metric, read more here.
Summer Skate -- St. Louis Blues
Thanks to the Chicago Blackhawks' winning the Stanley Cup, the Blues now enjoy the longest active Cup slump. (They're tied with the Los Angeles Kings and Toronto Maple Leafs.) Coming off their first postseason appearance since the lockout, they just barely missed the party in 2009-10 despite a late rally with coach Davis Payne. They have a good penalty kill and a wealth of young talent, so that very well may have been the last time they miss the show for a long time.
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2010 NHL OFFSEASON
The writers of Puck Prospectus break out their VUKOTA projection system to examine players trending up and sliding down on every NHL team. And in anticipation of training camp, E.J. Hradek dishes on an intriguing player that could have a big impact in 2010-11.