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Bruins season preview: Defense/goalie projections
Posted By DJ Bean On October 1, 2013 @ 8:24 am In General | No Comments
Here’s the second installment of the player projections for the 2013-14 season, featuring defensemen and goalies. For a look at the forwards, click here .
Note: It’s silly to predict injuries, so all players’ projections will assume they play somewhere in the 75-82-game range. Extra forwards/defensemen aren’t shown given the uncertainty of whether (and where) they’ll play.
Zdeno Chara : 13 goals, 37 assists, 50 points
Chara wasn’t bad in the Stanley Cup  finals; he was hurt. When he isn’t hurt, he’s one of the best defensemen in the game. It’s as simple as that.
Dennis Seidenberg : 5 goals, 22 assists, 27 points
It’s a contract year for the 32-year-old Seidenberg, so he’ll have plenty of motivation to perform. Depending on what happens cap-wise and given the Bruins’ group of young defensemen, this could very well be Seidenberg’s last season in Boston.
Dougie Hamilton: 10 goals, 20 assists, 30 points
Don’t forget how good Hamilton was at the start of last season. If he can sustain that throughout this campaign, the 10-goal mark is certainly within reach.
Torey Krug: 11 goals, 19 assists, 30 points
After what he did against the Rangers, people’s expectations of Krug might be a little high, but here’s what we do know: He can skate, he’s smart, and he’ll be on the power play. Points will find him.
Johnny Boychuk : 4 goals, 15 assists, 19 points
Johnny Rocket turned into Johnny Wrist Shot last postseason. It will be interesting to see if his offensive success changes his regular-season approach.
Adam McQuaid: 2 goals, 9 assists, 11 points
McQuaid isn’t there for his offense, which actually makes him a logical defensive partner to balance out Krug.
Tuukka Rask : 54 starts, 2.20 goals-against average, .922 save-percentage
This isn’t a suggestion that Rask will take a step backwards performance-wise, but smaller goalie pads plus a Red Wings team that should score more than it did let season minus Andrew Ference  should equal more human numbers.
The only question regarding Rask there should be is whether he can physically handle a full season and playoffs, something he’s never done as a starter at the NHL  level. Rask did play 57 regular-season games and 16 playoff contests in the 2008-09 season for Providence, but he hadn’t played into late June in the previous season.
Chad Johnson : 28 starts, 2.41 goals-against average, .912 save-percentage
The 27-year-old Johnson doesn’t have a ton of NHL  experience (10 games), but he’s been good at the NHL  level with a 1.97 GAA, .929 save percentage and a shutout. We’ll see how good a replacement for Anton Khudobin he ends up being.
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 Zdeno Chara: http://media.weei.com/hockey/zdeno-chara.htm
 Stanley Cup: http://media.weei.com/hockey/stanley-cup.htm
 Dennis Seidenberg: http://media.weei.com/hockey/dennis-seidenberg.htm
 Johnny Boychuk: http://media.weei.com/hockey/johnny-boychuk.htm
 Tuukka Rask: http://media.weei.com/hockey/tuukka-rask.htm
 Andrew Ference: http://media.weei.com/hockey/andrew-ference.htm
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