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    20 Thoughts from Scott - NHL Predictions

    So, here are my 20 thoughts for the upcoming season...
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    1) the NHL Rookie of the Year will NOT be Hughes or Kappo. In fact, 1 of the 2 will not be in the Top 3. Makar (COL), Oloffson(BUF) and one of Kappo/Hughes will be the Top 3.

    2a) McDavid and Draistal will be 1-2 in NHL scoring.... and miss the playoffs

    2b) Panarin will lead the Rangers in scoring... and help the Rangers finish 6th in the Metro.

    2c) Carey Price will have the lowest GAA in the NHL... and finish just outside of the playoffs by a point.

    2d) Dylan Larkin and Jack Eichel both finish with 90+ points on teams that are under .500.

    3) The shift of the best D-man (Norris Trophy) will start to begin this season with either Dahlin, Heiskanen or Chabot winning.

    4) Mike Babcock survives the season as the Leafs coach... but will be done after the playoffs.

    5) Speaking of the Leafs... Willie Nylander will be dealt during the season. Watch Carolina for this.

    6) Patrick Marleau will sign with a team in the West before the trade deadline. My guess, it will not be San Jose but it will be for the league minimum.

    7) Its interesting that Washington is starting the season with top prospect Ilya Samsonov on the 23 man roster. With Holtby going to UFA after this season, could Holtby be dealt to a team in the West that needs a boost (Calgary?!?)??

    8) This will be the final season for Zdeno Chara. His send off will be a Game 7 vs. Toronto.... IN TORONTO

    9) First coach fired this season - Bruce Boudreau, MIN

    10) Ok, most of you know that I am a Sabre fan. They have 8 UFA's at the end of the season. They will deal or jettison 5 of them during the season, none of them netting 1st or 2nd round pick.

    11) Sleeper team - Arizona Coyotes. Phil Kessel is going to HELP them get over the hump (and maybe have a Hotdog along the way). Their reward will be to play Western Conference Regular Season Champion Colorado.

    12) Columbus and Winnipeg are the only playoff teams from last season that will miss the playoffs. Florida and Arizona will make the playoffs

    13) Speaking of Winnipeg... Patrik Laine will be traded during the season for brinks truck of players and picks.

    14) Players that have been rumored to be traded that will NOT be traded this season. Risto (BUF), Doughty (LAK), Eriksson (VAN), Hall (NJD), Gost(PHI). In Hall's case, its because New Jersey will be in it until the end, lose out to the Islanders on the final day of the season after eliminating the Sabres 2 nights earlier.

    15) Tampa will win the Presidents Trophy, again.

    16) Coach Q will win the Jack Adams and will get by Washington in the first round.

    17) Ottawa will NOT be the worst overall team in the NHL this season. In fact, they might overachieve.. and still finish no better than 7th in the Atlantic. Minnesota will finish with the most ping pong balls in the hopper - because they are the worst team in the best division in Hockey. Followed by Ottawa and Vancouver for the best odds to draft Alexis Lafreničre.

    18) EC Playoff Teams - Atlantic - Tampa, Toronto, Boston, Florida (Crossover) / Metro - Washington, Carolina, Pittsburgh, Islanders (Crossover)

    19) WC Playoff Teams - Central - Colorado, Dallas, St. Louis, Nashville (Crossover) / Pacific - Vegas, Calgary, San Jose, Arizona (Crossover)

    20a) Tampa beats Florida in the EC Finals

    20b) Calgary beats Dallas in the WC Finals

    20c) Tampa Bay over Calgary for the Cup
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    @Scott: Love the larkin prediction - it won't happen at all but I still hope it does!! I love the wings and love larkin and have been waiting for him to elevate his game to the point that fans already think it's at (it isn't)

    @sparty: He's got potential but the wings will be so bad this year it'll be tough for him to look good even if his production is high

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    my only prediction is for you toronto fans

    mayor whoever will rename gretzky way to auston avenue and start the parade route there.

    in your dreams of course

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    I don't know about the Jets. The offence is stacked. The defense, hope and pray. Ville Heinola looks like he is 12!
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    9. Winnipeg fires their coach first
    11. Arizona finishes in 6th in West


    @Scott: Love the larkin prediction - it won't happen at all but I still hope it does!! I love the wings and love larkin and have been waiting for him to elevate his game to the point that fans already think it's at (it isn't)

    @sparty: He's got potential but the wings will be so bad this year it'll be tough for him to look good even if his production is high

    this is the biggest reason why I did not include Hirose in my list is Detriot is going finish last in the Atlantic... however, if Larkin hits 90 points, Hirose might be at 50-60 points... which could get him into Top 3 for the Calder.


    I don't know about the Jets. The offence is stacked. The defense, hope and pray. Ville Heinola looks like he is 12!

    If their first 2 games are any indication, Winnipeg is going to need to score at least 5 a night to win. However, Chevy is going to either get Buff back OR will shore up with D-corp so that SHOULD help a bit. As a Sabre fan, this is laughable to type this... but getting Beaulieu back in a couple weeks should help also.... yikes, maybe Chicago does finish 5th....

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