The St. Louis Blues put together a second straight impressive regular season, but once again came up short in the playoffs. As the Blues try and improve on that next season, they head into the summer with two of their top performing forwards set to be restricted free agents. It goes without saying that the Blues must bring back Chris Stewart, but after a great season they should also be looking at bringing back Patrik Berglund.
Berglund was fourth on the team this season with 25 points, and his 17 goals were second only to Stewart. His 2013 pace would have resulted in career high scoring totals if it had been a full season, and he has now scored at least 17 goals in four straight seasons. The Blues need to make sure they don’t lose too much scoring punch from their lineup, and letting Berglund go isn’t a good option. He made $2.25 million last season, and while he’s probably in line for a raise his production makes it more than worth it.
Berglund’s five power play goals were the second most on the team (Stewart), and he was a contributor in the playoffs for a second consecutive year as well. He scored a goal and had two points in this season’s playoffs, and last season scored three goals and had seven points as the Blues reached the second round. What’s most impressive is that he managed to do all of this scoring while spending part of the season on the third line, buried behind David Backes and Vladimir Sobotka on the depth chart. His play shows he’s worthy of a new deal, and the Blues would be wise to bring him back.