As we are about two weeks from the start of the season, I thought I'd look at a preview before the opener October 10th against the Ducks. There is, as I see it, lots of questions this season. 1)Will Chris Pronger's injury significantly hurt the Blues in the first half? This is an oppurtunity for young guys to step up, such as Van Ryn, or Jackman. Do they have the talent? Yes, but I need to see some games to judge better. 2)Will Brent Johnson take his game to the "next level"? Most experts agree that he has a LOT of talent. However, can he continue to build on his performance in the playoffs last year? I really believe that he can, given the defense around him. 3)Can this team mesh better than last years? Larry Pleau virtually did nothing over the off-season, stressing that they needed to improve from within. No question they have the talent. Tkachuk, Mellanby, Demetria, Weight, and the rest are extremely talented. Tkachuk has assured the media that this team is ready, well-meshed. I'm inclined to believe him. I'm very excited about the Blues this season. Last season, they were expected to contend for the Cup. This year, the pressure is somewhat off, I believe that will play a big part. They will surprise people more than they think. So, come on in, and discuss the greatest team in NHL history!