Man, I hope the Blues are able to lock this team up - these guys are so much fun to watch because we've watched the whole lot of them grow up here.
Just run down the lines and all of these guys were either drafted here, acquired in their very early 20s or have been here for 4 years or so.
Perron - Backes - Oshie; completely homegrown 1st line, all drafted by the Blues.
McDonald - Steen - Tank; Mcdonald is amazingly in his 6th year here, Steen his 5th and Tank was drafted by the Blues.
Schwartz - Berglund - Stewart; Schwartz and Berglund are Blues draft picks, Stewart is as close to a mercenary as we have, only in his 3rd year here and an absolutely ancient 23 yrs old when we picked him up via trade.
Sobotka - Nichol - Reaves; Sobotka in his 3rd season, acquired by trade as a 22 yr old, Reaves was a draft pick and Scotty Nichol is veteran depth.
4 of the Defenseman (Petro, Cole, Jax and Polak) are draftees w/ Shattenkirk and Russell being acquired via trade at 22 and 24 respectively.
It's just been a very fun team to watch grown and develop. You hope like hell they can keep guys like Berglund, Shat-dueces and Petro for another 4-5 years and if they're lucky maybe they can get Stewart in there as well. Guys like Polak, Perron, Oshie and Backes still have 3+ years on their deals and Schwartz/Tank aren't even RFAs for several seasons.
It's could be a potentially elite, almost entirely homegrown/home developed squad. That's just awesome to root for.
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