Look to the north, Blues

Could Ladd be an answer for a fellow Central division squad? Bill Smith/NHLI/Getty Images

Plugging Holes -- St. Louis Blues

The Hole: A top-six forward, a top-four defenseman

St. Louis finished a disappointing 19th in even-strength defense with a minus-6.6 GVT and 14th in total defense with a 2.3 GVT, though they managed to finish tied for 11th in goals against per game with 2.66. The even-strength offense, which ranked 16th in the league this past year with an underwhelming minus-4.5 GVT, wasn't much better.