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St. Louis Blues: No. 11

Shootout hero T.J. Oshie is just one of 10 Olympians on the Blues. Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

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Last year's rank: 26
Title track: 74
Ownership: 17
Coaching: 28
Players: 34
Fan relations: 9
Affordability: 16
Stadium experience: 35
Bang for the buck: 17

Sure, it'd be nice if your team didn't blow 2-0 playoff leads two consecutive years (first the Kings in 2013, then the Blackhawks in 2014). But Blues boosters aren't letting a silly little detail like that rain on their rankings parade. Instead, they choose to focus on other things -- like value. For tickets that are $12 below the league average, they've had the pleasure of watching the league's fourth-best team last season (111 points, the second-best campaign in franchise history). Scottrade Center grades out well too, thanks in part to a dense giveaway calendar that last season included Yearbook Night, Drawstring Bag Night and Sochi Bound Poster Night, which gave all fans a glossy pic of the team's 10 (!) Olympians (including shootout hero T.J. Oshie). Not only was that number tied with Chicago's and Detroit's for most in the NHL, but it was seven more than the Blues sent to the Vancouver Games four years earlier. Apparently, fans in the Lou appreciate this, along with the July 1 signing of free agent and native son Paul Stastny of Chaminade High, whose brother (Yan) and father (Hall of Famer Peter) also played for the Blues. Do the math and it's easy to see why the Blues are on the cusp of being title contenders both on the ice and in our rankings.