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Any team that has strong goaltending, and plays well defensively, is going to be a threat to win the Stanley Cup. The Blues fit this description.
St. Louis should win the Central Division again next season and contend for the Presidents' Trophy for the first time since 2000.
The only question about the Blues is do they have enough scoring from their forwards, and in particular, their top-six group. The Blues scored just six goals in four games in their second-round series loss to the Kings last season.
They rely on their blue line to provide a lot of offense, especially from guys like Alex Pietrangelo and Kevin Shattenkirk (who ranked third and fourth on the team in scoring, respectively), but they don't have a player who can impact games single-handedly against top goaltenders in the playoffs.
However, any Ken Hitchcock-coached team with a goaltender as good as Jaroslav Halak is going to be tough to beat in the playoffs.
The Blues won't surprise anyone this season, but they have a chance to be even better in 2012-13 as many of their young players continue to develop into legitimate stars.