Berglund, Perron, Oshie, etc aren't bad players. Far from it. The critical difference is that they aren't guys you build championship teams around
. That's the difference. Contrary to some of your opinions, I absolutely think that Perron and Berglund's got 30 goals in them. It's just not going to happen all the time. Assuming they each play 15ish years I could conceivably see them potting 30 maybe 3-4 times. Crosby and Ovechkin will be out there doing it 15 and that's the critical difference. Those are guys you build cup teams around.
And has already been pointed out, the Blues had the misfortune of having two top 3 picks void of that kind of player.
At the same time though, look at Carolina, the Ducks, (heaven help me) the Red Wings, the Devils... it's not like they were oozing in first overall picks before winning cups, they just had a perfect blend of dynamic veterans and youthful scoring support.
Which, as several of you have pointed out, there is nothing "dynamic" about nearly any of our veteran talent. McDonald is about the only one i can think of off the top of my head that hasn't been a disappointment. Boyes is doing okay too, though he is the quietest goal scorer in the league.
Just be patient. The young guys (Berglund, Oshie, Perron, Johnson) aren't even in their mid-20s yet. We have at least 4 more years control over each of them. Our young defensemen (Pietrangelo, Cole) aren't even here yet. We still have more young forwards (Eller, Palushaj, McRae) on the way. Give it another couple years. We just need to get lucky with a pick or a move here or there and we could be really good. Remeber where we came from. We had 0 NHL talent and 0 prospects. Remeber when our best prospects were Stempniak, Backes, and Schwarz?
This. This. A hundred times. This. I hate to say it, but last year was a fluke. The team got really really hot at the right time and that's about it. We're not there yet. It pains me to say and I'm just as frustrated as the rest of you but its the truth. I don't remember the last team the Blues actually beat. That's abysmal.
Now I'm going to go cry in the corner with my bluenote t-shirt, whimpering to myself.