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Southeast Division Statistical Previews by Position: Offense from the Defense

In my second statistical peek at the Southeast Division, I’ve grouped defensemen with their new clubs and will focus, this time, on offensive production from the blueline.

(Next up, we’ll re-visit the d-men from a different angle, including blocked shots, TOI and other specifics with less of an offensive emphasis.)

Remember, just as I did with the forwards, this is simply a look back at last year’s individual player statistics, updated to reflect this summer’s off-season transactions. And, as I said in that first piece, a look to the recent past can often be a good indicator of what’s to come… But not always!!!

It should also be noted, especially since I didn’t mention it with the forwards package, that rookies and European transfers (many of whom could certainly make a major impact, theoretically) are not part of this forecast.

Recall as well that for this analysis, currently unsigned, unrestricted free agents are not included, while those still unsigned but restricted are (save for Tampa’s Paul Ranger, an RFA that I have excluded intentionally, as I have little reason to believe he will return).

Top 25 2010-11 Southeast Division Defensemen by 2009-10 Overall Offensive Performance
RANK-PLAYER, TEAM: GP-GOALS-ASSISTS-POINTS-(PLUS/MINUS)
1- Mike Green, Washington: 75-19-57-76-(+39)
2- Tobias Enstrom, Atlanta: 82-6-44-50-(-5)
3- Joni Pitkanen, Carolina: 71-6-40-46-(-11)
4- Bryan McCabe, Florida: 82-8-35-43-(-4)
5- Pavel Kubina, Tampa Bay: 76-6-32-38-(E)
6- Dennis Wideman, Florida: 76-6-24-30-(-14)
7- Ron Hainsey, Atlanta: 80-5-21-26-(-6)
8- Tom Poti, Washington: 70-4-20-24-(+24)
9- Zach Bogosian, Atlanta: 81-10-13-23-(-18)
10- Jeff Schultz, Washington: 73-3-20-23-(+50)
11- Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay: 74-4-16-20-(-3)
12- Brett Clark, Tampa Bay: 64-3-17-20-(+6)
13- Tim Gleason, Carolina: 61-5-14-19-(-6)
14- Joe Corvo, Carolina: 52-6-12-18-(-10)
15- Dmitry Kulikov, Florida: 68-3-13-16-(-5)
16- Freddy Meyer, Atlanta: 64-4-11-15-(-2)
17- Bryan Allen, Florida: 74-4-9-13-(-8)
18- Johnny Oduya, Atlanta: 67-3-10-13-(+8)
19- Mike Lundin, Tampa Bay: 49-3-10-13-(-4)
20- Mattias Ohlund, Tampa Bay: 67-0-13-13-(-8)
21- Brett Carson, Carolina: 54-2-10-12-(+5)
22- Bryan Rodney, Carolina: 22-1-10-11-(-4)
23- Jamie McBain, Carolina: 14-3-7-10-(+2)
24- Andrew Alberts, Carolina: 62-2-8-10-(+7)
25- Mike Weaver, Florida: 77-1-9-10-(+10)

Top 6 2010-11 Atlanta Thrashers Defensemen by 2009-10 Overall Offensive Performance
RANK-PLAYER: GP-GOALS-ASSISTS-POINTS-(PLUS/MINUS)

1- Tobias Enstrom: 82-6-44-50-(-5)
2- Ron Hainsey: 80-5-21-26-(-6)
3- Zach Bogosian: 81-10-13-23-(-18)
4- Freddy Meyer: 64-4-11-15-(-2)
5- Johnny Oduya: 67-3-10-13-(+8)
6- Boris Valabik: 23-0-2-2-(+2)

Top 6 2010-11 Carolina Hurricanes Defensemen by 2009-10 Overall Offensive Performance
RANK-PLAYER: GP-GOALS-ASSISTS-POINTS-(PLUS/MINUS)

1- Joni Pitkanen: 71-6-40-46-(-11)
2- Tim Gleason: 61-5-14-19-(-6)
3- Joe Corvo: 52-6-12-18-(-10)
4- Brett Carson: 54-2-10-12-(+5)
5- Bryan Rodney: 22-1-10-11-(-4)
6- Jamie McBain: 14-3-7-10-(+2)

Top 6 2010-11 Florida Panthers Defensemen by 2009-10 Overall Offensive Performance
RANK-PLAYER: GP-GOALS-ASSISTS-POINTS-(PLUS/MINUS)

1- Bryan McCabe: 82-8-35-43-(-4)
2- Dennis Wideman: 76-6-24-30-(-14)
3- Dmitry Kulikov: 68-3-13-16-(-5)
4- Bryan Allen: 74-4-9-13-(-8)
5- Mike Weaver: 77-1-9-10-(+10)
6- Jason Garrison: 39-2-6-8-(-1)

Top 6 2010-11 Tampa Bay Lightning Defensemen by 2009-10 Overall Offensive Performance
RANK-PLAYER: GP-GOALS-ASSISTS-POINTS-(PLUS/MINUS)

1- Pavel Kubina: 76-6-32-38-(E)
2- Victor Hedman: 74-4-16-20-(-3)
3- Brett Clark: 64-3-17-20-(+6)
4- Mike Lundin: 49-3-10-13-(-4)
5- Mattias Ohlund: 67-0-13-13-(-8)
6- Mathieu Roy: 31-0-10-10-(-2)

Top 6 2010-11 Washington Capitals Defensemen by 2009-10 Overall Offensive Performance
RANK-PLAYER: GP-GOALS-ASSISTS-POINTS-(PLUS/MINUS)

1- Mike Green: 75-19-57-76-(+39)
2- Tom Poti: 70-4-20-24-(+24)
3- Jeff Schultz: 73-3-20-23-(+50)
4- John Erskine: 50-1-5-6-(+16)
5- Tyler Sloan: 40-2-4-6-(-1)
6- John Carlson: 22-1-5-6-(+11)

If you’re counting, the Southeast Division bluelines shake out like this, in terms of top six point-production:

Washington – 141
Atlanta – 129
Florida – 120
Carolina – 116
Tampa Bay – 114

With Washington’s top three accounting for 123 points on their own, they can afford to round out their defense corps with a combination of youth and stay-at-home types.

What’s most interesting to me is how Atlanta’s group is shaping up, just 12 points behind the Caps with a wealth of young talent on the back end.

With McCabe and Wideman at the top of the list, Florida too has some firepower from their rearguards but also has filled out their blueline with a lunchpail crew and has top-end young talent on the way in Keaton Ellerby and certainly last year’s top draft choice, Erik Gudbranson.

Carolina’s top three vets – Pitkanen, Gleason and Corvo – put them in solid shape as well, though much like the rest of the Hurricanes roster, steering clear from the injury bug this season will be crucial to their success.

The numbers clearly show the Lightning have some work to do to increase offensive production from their d-men and what I’ve seen from my own eyes the last few seasons backs that up. Of course, bigger things are expected from the young Hedman, in particular and, as is the mantra in these parts of late, the Bolts are turning the page on the past and looking ahead to what should be a bright future.

Again, coming soon (before my “official” KK debut that will kick off when we turn the calendar to September), a look at the often-overlooked but equally important numbers on the defensive side of the Southeast’s defenses.

And we’ll wrap things up from the statistical point of view just prior to training camp with a look at the goaltenders.

JJ

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