The defending Stanley Cup champions got insanely hot in the second half of the 2018-19 season and never looked back. They did it with a balanced roster from top to bottom, but you can’t overlook what they have up top.
We’ve come to know Vladimir Tarasenko very well in the Central Division. He can strike at any moment if you lose sight of him. He’s also flirted with that very top tier of elite scorers in the NHL. I personally don’t put him in that category, but he’s awful close. He was very productive on the power play with 12 goals and ten assists last season.
Brayden Schenn anchors the center position for this top line that helped rip through the league from January on. He’s going into just his third season with the Blues, but has obviously already made a name for himself as he helped bring home the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.
Jaden Schwartz is another veteran on this top line who is reliable and consistent. He doesn’t have crazy, outlandish numbers, but he comes up big in big moments. Just take last postseason when he put up 20 points in 26 playoff games en route to the Stanley Cup. This unit collectively is savvy with veteran leadership and very reliable as they’ll look to continue their hot streak from last season.