|Hendy won't score as much this year, but he'll still be the man.|
Recap of Last Season: Hendricks made the team on a tryout contract and did not disappoint during his first full season in the District. Hendy managed to score nine goals and add 16 assists in 77 games, a remarkable offensive outburst from a fourth liner. But his offense was not the best part of what he brought: he showed up and worked hard during every game, never took a shift off, was defensively responsible; in turn he was rewarded by George McPhee with a new two-year contract extension midseason. All the hard work finally paid off. For my full post-season analysis of Hendricks' 2010-11, click here.
Expectations for this Season: Expect more of the same this year from Hendricks, except offensively. Hendricks will pot the occasional goal or two and will also chip in apples, but last year will likely go down as his best year in terms of point production. Otherwise, expect him to add pepper to the lineup, hit everyone, and get in fights just like he did last year. Hendricks is a heart a soul kind of player, and he should again play a primary role for the Caps as they search for the holy grail.
Playing Time: Fourth line; secondary penalty killer. Hendricks is not skilled enough to play anywhere but the fourth line consistently, but he will be on the fourth unit pretty much every night barring injury. He should also see some time shorthanded, as his physical presence are a boost there. He will probably be second among fourth-line forwards in total ice time.
Projections: 72 GP, 5 G, 13 A, +3 rating, 10:09 ATOI.
The next season preview will feature Jay Beagle.