Tuesday, 6 October 2015

Trophy Prediction 2015-2016

Hart
Winner: Crosby
Runner ups: Getzlaf, Seguin
Dark Horse: Giordano

Norris
Winner: Hedman
Runner ups: Giordano, Karlsson
Dark Horse: Shattenkirk

The Connor McDavid Calder
Winner: McDavid
Runner ups: Eichel, Domi
Dark Horse: Panarin

Selke
Winner: Kopitar
Runner ups: Toews, Bergeron
Dark Horse: R'OR

Art Ross
Winner: Crosby
Runner ups: Kessel, Seguin
Dark Horse: Backstrom

Vezina
Winner: Holtby
Runner ups: Price, Rask
Dark Horse: Schneider

2015-2016 Predictions

Eastern Conference

Atlantic
Tampa Bay Lightning
Montreal Canadiens
Detroit Red Wings
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Ottawa Senators
Boston Bruins
Florida Panthers
Buffalo Sabers
Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan
Pittsburgh Penguins
New York Rangers
Washington Capitals
New York Islanders
Columbus Blue Jackets
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Philadelphia Flyers
New Jersey Devils
Carolina Hurricanes

(Note I think the Leafs will be ahead of both NJD and Car FWIW)

Round 1
TB over CBJ
Mon over Det

Pitts over NYI
Wsh over NYR (finally)

Round 2
TB over Mon (again)

Wsh over Pitts

Round 3
Wsh over TB

Western Conference

Central
St Louis Blues
Chicago Blackhawks
Dallas Stars
Minnesota Wild
Colorado Avalanche
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Nashville Predators
Winnipeg Jets

Pacific
Anaheim Ducks
LA Kings
Calgary Flames
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San Jose Sharks
Edmonton Oilers
Vancouver Canucks
Arizona Coyotes

Round 1
Blues over Col
Dallas over Chi

Anaheim over Minni
LAK over Cgy

Round 2
Dallas over Blues
Ana over LAK

Round 3
Ana over Dallas

STANLEY CUP FINAL
Washington over Anaheim

10 Random Predictions 2015-2016

First off how did I do last year

1) Jonathan Quick is a good goalie, but an overrated one.  He will not be in the top 10 goaltenders by save percentage (for goaltenders with greater than 35 GP).
TRUE (19th)

2) Thornton will be within the top 30 in points (but remember San Jose's failure to succeed in the playoffs is all his fault).
TRUE (28th)

3) Halak will have a better save percentage than Miller
TRUE (Halak 0.914 and Miller 0.911)

4) Kadri will have more points than Bozak (but people will probably still think Bozak is better).
FALSE

5) Olli Jokinen will have more points than Schiefelle
FALSE (and not even close)

6) Letang will be top 5 in defensive scoring (points)
FALSE (but close, 7th)

7) Kessel will have more points and/or goals than P. Kane (but people will not consider Kessel at the same level as him)
FALSE (Kessel had a bad year)

8) Neither Sedin cracks 65 points.
FALSE (they both did)

9) Shattenkirk will have more points than Pietrangelo
FALSE (but he had 2 less points in 25 less games...)

10) JVR will out score Lucic in goals and points.
TRUE (fun fact Ericksson outscored Lucic)

4/10... Not so good.


On to 2015/2016 predictions

1) At least one of Boyes/PA Parenteau/Matthias (whose combined salary is less than Beleksey and all signed for one year) will out score Beleksey in pts and Gs.

2) Kessel will outscore Voracek and Tarasenko, but remember he had an untradeable contract and there new contracts are good contracts (in total points, only eligible if they all play over 70 GP)

3) Kessel will crack 50 G and/or 90 points.  At least one.

4) At least one of Cam Talbot or Lehner will have lower than a 0.910 save percentage and a losing record.

5) Kadri will crack 60 points (not eligible if he plays less than 70 GP)

6) Gardiner and Rielly will both crack 30 points (not eligible if he plays less than 70 GP)

7) Lack will have a better save % than Miller

8) Bonino will outscore Suter in both goals and points

9) Hornqvist will eclipse 25 goals and 65 points but no one will notice because everyone else on the team (obviously I can only prove the first part of this statement)

10) Datsyuk will play less than 65 GP, but in the games he plays he will end up in top 20 for PPG (for players with more than 30 GP)

11) BONUS AHL one- Nylander will have the highest AHL PPG of any player under 24 and with more than 30 GP

Enjoy the year! Go Leafs Go!

Wednesday, 8 October 2014

Trophy Predictions

My thoughts on potential trophy winners before the season.  I choose a winner, two guys who I also think have a good shot (labelled as runner ups) or who could be runner ups, and one "Dark Horse" candidate.

Hart trophy
Most likely- Crosby
Runner ups- Kopitar, Doughty
Dark Horse- Corey Schneider

Norris
Most Likely-Doughty
Runner ups-Keith, Pietrangelo
Dark Horse- Brodin (kidding he won't get the credit he deserves. Hedman)

Vezina
Most Likely- Rask
Runner ups- Lundqvist, Rinne
Dark Horse- Lehtonen

Selke
Most Likely-Datsyuk
Runner ups-Bergeron, Kopitar
Dark Horse- Couturier

Art Ross
Most LIkely-Crosby
Runner ups-Stamkos, Malkin
Dark Horse-Taylor Hall (is this a dark horse?  Not really, but people still act like he isn't that good, for some odd, odd reason).

Cheers

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

10 Random Predictions 2014-2015

1) Jonathan Quick is a good goalie, but an overrated one.  He will not be in the top 10 goaltenders by save percentage (for goaltenders with greater than 35 GP).

2) Thornton will be within the top 30 in points (but remember San Jose's failure to succeed in the playoffs is all his fault).

3) Halak will have a better save percentage than Miller

4) Kadri will have more points than Bozak (but people will probably still think Bozak is better).

5) Olli Jokinen will have more points than Schiefelle

6) Letang will be top 5 in defensive scoring (points)

7) Kessel will have more points and/or goals than P. Kane (but people will not consider Kessel at the same level as him)

8) Neither Sedin cracks 65 points.

9) Shattenkirk will have more points than Pietrangelo

10) JVR will out score Lucic in goals and points.


I don't have time to review last years right now, but I will do so later.

DROP THE PUCK

2014-2015 Predictions

Atlantic Division

  1. Boston Bruins
  2. Tamp Bay Lightning
  3. Montreal Canadiens
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs
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  5. Detroit Red Wings
  6. Ottawa Senators
  7. Florida Panthers
  8. Buffalo Sabres
Toronto making it is probably Homerism, but Datsyuk is old, Senators C depth is poor and Florida and Buffalo are pretty poor

Metropolitan Division

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins
  2. New York Islanders*
  3. New York Rangers*
  4. Washington Capitals
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  5. Columbus Blue Jackets
  6. New Jersey Devils
  7. Philadelphia Flyers
  8. Carolina Hurricaines
*I would have said Rangers over Islanders, but Stepan is out.
Columbus played well last year and Johansen is an emerging superstar.  That being said I find there depth poor at both forward and D.


Central Division

  1. Chicago Blackhawks
  2. St. Louis Blues
  3. Dallas Stars
  4. Minnesota Wild
  5. Colorado Avalanche
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  7. Nashville Predators
  8. Winnipeg Jets


Pacific Division

  1. LA Kings
  2. San Jose Sharks
  3. Anaheim Ducks
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  5. Vancouver Canucks
  6. Phoenix Coyotes
  7. Edmonton Oilers
  8. Calgary Flames
5 from the Central, 3 from the Pacific.

Monday, 30 September 2013

2013-2014 Regular Season Predictions

My regular season predictions:

Atlantic Division

  1. Boston Bruins
  2. Ottawa Senators
  3. Detroit Red Wings
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs*
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  5. Montreal Canadiens*
  6. Tampa Bay Lightning
  7. Florida Panthers
  8. Buffalo Sabres


*I actually kind of think the Habs will be better than the Leafs, but it is close enough that my homerism has me picking the Leafs over the Habs

Metropolitan Division

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins
  2. Washington Capitals
  3. New York Rangers
  4. New York Islanders
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  5. Philadelphia Flyers
  6. New Jersey Devils
  7. Carolina Hurricaines
  8. Columbus Blue Jackets

Central Division

  1. Chicago Blackhawks
  2. St. Louis Blues
  3. Minnesota Wild
  4. Dallas Stars
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  5. Colorado Avalanche
  6. Nashville Predators
  7. Winnipeg Jets

Pacific Division

  1. LA Kings
  2. San Jose Sharks
  3. Vancouver Canucks
  4. Edmonton Oilers
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  5. Anaheim Ducks
  6. Phoenix Coyotes
  7. Calgary Flames
One day left.  Lets drop the puck.