Originally Posted by blayze
Guys - keep in mind that although the OP's league is "multi-cat" it DOES NOT include SOG or PIM - both categories where Neal really adds value.
I think the OP's multi-cat format actually favours Seguin if anything due to +/-.
James Neal was only +6 last year... but his linemates Malkin (+18) and Kunitz (+16) were both significantly better. This year, Neal is guaranteed to play with Malkin or Crosby, the PIT defense will be healthy and even when MAF takes a break the Pens will have Vokoun.
Assuming Seguin continues to ride with Bergeron, he should have a nice +/-, but Boston is also going to have Rask (not Thomas) for the full year with a few spells by Khudobin.
In summary, I think PIT will be a better +/- team than last year and I think BOS will be slightly worse +/- team than last year.
James Neal will be better than +6, I think... significantly better. Neal can get to +6 in a month of play.
Tyler Seguin will be lower than +34, I think... signficantly less. It takes 82 games to get to that point.
In a short-season, I don't think +/- is something we should be as concerned about.
I'll be shocked if anybody in the NHL hits +30 in a 48-game season.
I'll put my money on the NHL leader being +27 at end of season.