Carolina Hurricanes Projections

The season began yesterday but I forgot to post a full recap of the projections I have for this year’s taem. There’s a few players who I didn’t get to post my in-depth projections for so I’m including them in here too. I’m only including players who began the year on the team because doing everyone really isn’t feasible at the moment.

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Player GP G A Pts
Eric Staal 80 32 47 79
Jeff Skinner 79 28 31 59
Tuomo Ruutu 75 17 27 44
Jussi Jokinen 77 20 26 46
Alexei Ponikarovsky 70 14 20 34
Chad LaRose 74 13 16 29
Anthony Stewart 73 10 17 27
Brandon Sutter 78 14 19 33
Jiri Tlusty 51 5 13 18
Patrick Dwyer 73 7 9 16
Tim Brent 80 8 11 18
Zac Dalpe 75 16 22 38

It’s pretty similar to last season with Staal and Sknner being the only two to crack 50+ points but I have Jokinen scoring 20 goals. I also have Ponikarovsky with a bounce-back season now that he may get top-six minutes. Of course, I made these projections assuming they would be on different lines than they were yesterday so this is all subject to change.

Defensemen

I didn’t make a projection for Faulk or Murphy, unfortunately.

Player GP G A Pts
Joni Pitkanen 71 6 30 36
Tim Gleason 69 3 12 15
Jamie McBain 73 6 23 29
Tomas Kaberle 80 5 38 43
Jay Harrison 70 2 11 13
Derek Joslin 51 3 9 12

McBain’s numbers will probably be down because of spending more nights in the press-box than I thought he would. Same goes for Joslin. Overall, I feel that these are pretty reachable expectations. I have Pitkanen slightly improving and Kaberle having a slightly worse year, but those 43 points will be pretty good for Carolina given the production they had on their blue-line last year.

Overall, I have Carolina’s “main” roster scoring 209 goals, which really isn’t that good but it could go up if the AHL call-ups produce during their time here. Let’s hope that someone else up front has a break-out season because the numbers here aren’t that optimistic.

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