Dont forget Whitney. He may never be a 50+ pt D-man again, but he certainly was that as recently as 2 years ago (27 pts in 35 games), he is apparently in the best shape he has been in for years, and as a result the job of running the Oiler powerplay is his to lose. As the Oil are likely to go 4 fwds on the PP that means Schultz most likely runs PP2 this year.
There is also Petry to consider, and then at evens you've got those 2 and probably Smid and the other Schultz ahead of him on the chart. If our coaching is smart (which is questionable sometimes) they ease him in this year with some 3rd pair time, and move him up when the seemingly invevitable injury bug hits.
All of which means no, he will not score 40 this year. But by Odin's beard it won't be long.
12 team league
G, A, STPts, +/-, PIMs, GAA, S%, W
Start 12 fwds, 7 d, 3 g; keep full starting roster + 3 on farm
(Salary cap = 1200)
F: Malkin(55) Perry(75) Semin(55) Hall(125) Wheeler(20) Ott(35) Plekanec(25) Purcell(35) Stepan(20) Strome(25) Conacher(25) Nyquist(30) Atkinson(15) Okposo(50) Brouwer(25) Rattie(25) Hertl(15)
D: Weber(65) jSchultz(30) Keith(40) Ellis(25) Orlov(20) Gormley(15) Morrow(25) Pouliot(25) Klefbom(25) Hedman(105) Dillon(25)
G: Rinne(40) Lindback(25) Khudobin(30) Allen(25) Svedberg(25) Enroth(35) Jones(15) Greiss(15)