As the St. Louis Blues' 2010-11 season approaches quickly with the key signing of goaltender Jaroslav Halak from Montreal, and the retirements of Tkachuk, and Sydor, the Blues are looking young and feeling a burst of energy.
The Blues will open the season at home against Philadelphia Saturday at 7pm. Just an hour after the Brett Hull statue is unveiled, the first puck of a new beginning will drop for the Blues and their 25-year-old goalie Jaroslav Halak.
Blues 2010-11 Roster
Center—Andy McDonald, Vladimir Sobotka, Jay McClement, Patrik Berglund, Matt D'Agostini
Left Wing—Brad Winchester, Alex Steen, David Perron, T.J. Oshie
Right Wing—Brad Boyes, B.J. Crombeen, David Backes, Cam Janssen
Defensemen—Eric Brewer, Barret Jackman, Erik Johnson, Alex Pietrangelo, Roman Polak, Carlo Colaiacovo, Tyson Strachan
Goalies—Jaroslav Halak, Ty Conklin
If we look back to the first years for the Blues, they were a team filled with toughness and plenty of skill. They eliminated the Flyers in 1968 and 1969 playoffs. Which was an introduction to toughness for Philadelphia. The Flyers used the next draft to get some bigger and stronger players for a couple of championships.
This will be an old school rivalry if you like grit and determination. Blues goalie Jaroslav Halak will be seeking revenge on the team that ended his magnificent playoff run.
My prediction is that St. Louis will play a full 60 minutes. Davis Payne will have his men ready for battle at the Scott Trade Center.
St. Louis 4, Philadelphia 2