A concussion robbed Perron of nearly the entire season (courtesy of San Jose's Joe Thorton), and things aren't looking to be much improved. Perron is said to still be suffering from concussion-like symptoms, though he's recently been quoted as saying he's optimistic about being ready for training camp. While a gifted goal scorer and a fan favorite, Perron doesn't seem to posses the physical toughness that Blues fans demand from their captains.Make no mistake, his loss was felt hardest by the Blues this year, but I doubt he's ready to lead this team when he returns (if at all).
Berglund's career so far has been one of highs and lows. From an impressive rookie season, to the dreaded "sophmore slump," to an unbalanced junior year, no one seems to know who the real Patrick Berglund is. He's shown over the past couple of years that he's at his best when he's playing on a line with T.J. Oshie, and Oshie's absence only highlighted that fact. For much of the first half of the season, fans and media alike often criticized Bergy for being "soft," or afraid to take a hit, something only emphasized by his lack of offensive production. However, when Oshie did return, Berglund's play picked up dramatically and he entered what Blues fans called "Beast Mode." He became a much more physical presence on the ice, and his production ratcheted up accordingly. Still, the team needs a leader who will give that effort on a nightly basis, regardless of who is on the ice with him.
For an offensive-minded defenseman, Colaiacovo sure did have a down year. With only six goals (although he did have 20 assists) and a +/- of -4, that was definitely not what the team was expecting. True to form, a series of injuries (some of which were more the results of freak accidents than anything) kept Cola off the ice for extended periods of time. The Blues need a captain that will be in the lineup more.
Alright, I'll admit it that this one is more about humor than anything. While Shatter's a truly gifted kid with great puck sense, you have to admit that it would be a stroke of marketing genius to give him the "C". Can you imagine all of the Captain 'Kirk promotions? If nothing else, it would be a huge sell to Star Trek fans everywhere.