When Kyle Turris and Joe Piskula skated in their first NHL games of the season this past week, it brought the number of Badgers in the NHL to 20 for the 2011-12 campaign. Twenty happens to be the normal number of players dressed for an NHL game.
With that in mind, we put together a possible line chart for
the Wisconsin Badgers in the NHL. It isn't perfect as the team would go with no
back-up goaltender, one forward short and would have two extra defensemen, but
as long as Brian Elliott stayed healthy, the team would be fine. Perhaps Curtis
Joseph could come out of retirement as an insurance policy.
Do you think the team would make the NHL playoffs? Quick calculations shows the team has 64 goals and with the number of games played by all the skaters, would be averaging about 3.26 goals-per-game, which would rank fourth in the NHL. However, the 64 goal-total would be better than three NHL teams and right in the mix of many more.
Couple that with Brian Elliott, who leads the NHL in goals-against average and save percentage, and I think you'd have something there. What do you think?