But isn't Vandermeer almost a lock for #6 because of his defensive ability. Vandermeer is better than Braun or Moore when it comes to defensive play.
No. He is a 6/7 dman. He doesn't do well playing above his level. He is physical and subject to injury. Even if they use him as #6, there should still be at least 30 games from him along due to injury for Braun, Moore, whomever. I seriously doubt that they anchor him at #6. In terms of extra games from the other 5, figure 5 from Burns, 10 from Boyle, 2 from Vlasic, 5 from Demers and 10 from Murray. That's another 32 games. There should be about 60 games from the extra dman spot at a minimum.