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

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

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

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).


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.


2014-2015 Predictions

Atlantic Division

  1. Boston Bruins
  2. Tamp Bay Lightning
  3. Montreal Canadiens
  4. Toronto Maple Leafs
  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
  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.