When the Blues were swept from the playoffs by the Los Angles Kings last May, Kevin Shattenkirk did some soul-searching.

And to help him find the way, he had lunch with Blues senior adviser Al MacInnis. By the time the elder and the younger had finished talking, Shattenkirk had come to a revelation.

He doesn't have to settle.

"I think it was a moment where Al kind of grabbed me and said, 'If there's any time you want to just sit down and talk … I know it's your first playoff experience, use me as an outlet,'" Shattenkirk said.

"And having it be the first time to go through the playoffs, I thought it would be a good idea to sit down with him and see what kind of changes he made, as a young player and going through the playoffs during his career. And I wanted to know what he saw (from me)."