As with the RE for the forwards, I’ve done very little tinkering with the projected numbers for the defense. Why? It’s almost impossible to project these fellows over a summer with the plans of the organization clear as day. How anyone would correctly identify what the team will do with Andy Sutton’s minutes on a January morning is truly a mystery. No, I think the best plan is to leave everything in there, change only the GP and the corresponding boxcars, and use that as the line in the sand, as reasonable.
Petry and Smid project as the top pairing, so clearly I am assuming Petry will get PP time. That may change with Justin Schultz and his incredible AHL season, but we didn’t know that in August. This assumes Whitney is playing a lot, and I chose Peckham over Potter for the 6th but that is obviously out there in the ether. Sutton’s minutes will be taken by either someone from outside the organization, Potter or Teubert.
The GF total for the 48 game season we’re talking about is 131, or 2.73 per game. That’s a smart step forward from last year (207 goals in 82 games, 2.52 per game) and I do think it reflects the impressive youngsters up front. Tomorrow morning: goalies and North by Northwest.