16th ranked offense last year due to probably the most bizarre rash of injuries to key players we've ever witnessed.
16th ranked defense last year due again to significant injuries, but mostly because of our young blue line getting accustomed to the NHL.
*** Please do not say that we are going to be more injured than last season because all of our players are a year older... It just won't happen.
I will bet most if not all of Zetterberg, Datsyuk, Franzen, Weiss, Ericsson and DeKeyser will play more games than last season.
Our roster is not "over full", although I would like to rid ourselves of a couple spare parts (Andersson, Kindl). I'm one of the few that would like to see all of Jurco, Pulkkinen and Mantha start the season in Grand Rapids.
We are not "out of cap space already". We should still have over 6 million after Tatar and DeKeyser are signed.
As of today, I would bet we could challenge for the Division but more realistically we would finish around 4th or 5th in the Conference.