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"I have goals going into each year that I set for myself. Obviously you have to take every game and every season in stride. You never know what is going to happen, you never know what a team is going to do or whatnot. 

"Twenty goals was a number I thought I could hit. Whether it was 17 or 19 or 22, I don't really know, but that was the kind of number I wanted to get near. Scoring 20, that has a lot to do with your teammates. I have said this before, but it seems like I'm just getting ice and they're finding me and pucks are finding me. I've been pretty fortunate this year with that."

-Zach Werenski, defenseman for the Columbus Blue Jackets.  Jeff Svoboda of BlueJactes.com has more on Werenski.

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Werenski and Seth Jones have to have been one of the
more underrated top pairings when both are healthy.

David Savard is quietly a defensive rock.
Whose original strength when drafted was supposed to be offense.
He had a huge goal in the playoffs (remember those?) vs. Tampa.

Ryan Murray is usually really good when he’s healthy.
A smart positional defender and excellent puck mover.
He’s just rarely healthy for long.

There’s still excellent depth on defense beyond those guys.
But it’s been tested with lots of injuries.

You never know if an aging old-school defenseman like Adam McQuaid would’ve had much of an NHL role this season if he’d been healthy.
But it appears one of the dirtier NHL players over recent years, Andrew Shaw,
ended his career with a flagrant completely blindside high hit to the head when the puck was nowhere nearby. McQuaid missed the rest of the playoff push and all of the playoffs and hadn’t been seen since. There was only a minor penalty called if I recall correctly and the league issued zero supplemental discipline. Maybe they can use the time off to review tapes and learn how to do their jobs. 

One underrated bright spot on the Jackets that won’t surprise Wings fans:
In the midst of all the injuries, Gus Nyquist played a big role all season and while he didn’t put up gaudy goal totals, he was a trustworthy two-way presence and consistent point producer all season.

Posted by lefty.30 on 03/24/20 at 01:59 PM ET

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