The NHL season is about to begin or die on the tarmac, so with the understanding that the entire point may be made moot in a week or so, lets revisit “reasonable expectations” for the Oilers. We begin with the forwards.
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The ppg remain the same (or basically the same), I haven’t pushed Eberle’s number north or adjusted Yakupov either. Reason? The things I thought were reasonable in the fall should remain because that was the snapshot. Adding 5 goals and 15 points to Eberle’s totals (imo) doesn’t give credit for the season he’s having currently–making the adjusted number unfair. I did adjust Eager/Petrell to make the GF match projections, but that’s pretty minor (they would have 2.5 goals each).
The goal total for the forwards is 119, representing most of the GF by the Oilers in 2012-13. I’ll have the D on Saturday morning, G on Saturday afternoon and wrap it all up with a post projecting North by Northwest on Sunday.