Metropolitan Division Playoff Teams:
New York Rangers
Atlantic Division Playoff Teams:
Detroit Red Wings
Eastern Conference Wildcard Teams:
Columbus Blue Jackets
Central Division Playoff Teams:
St. Louis Blues
Pacific Division Playoff Teams:
Los Angeles Kings
San Jose Sharks
Western Conference Wildcard Teams:
Maybe not the most bold of predictions, but I think I threw in a few curves up there. Picking Columbus and Colorado were both kind of gutsy, but the new divisions make it harder to pick who’s in and who’s out. Basically if someone tells you they know who exactly which teams are and aren’t playoff teams they’re lying.
I think last season was a stutter step for Quick who was going into a lockout shortened season as a reigning Stanley Cup champion and Conn Smythe winner. I think this is the year Quick wins the award if he puts up the numbers.
I don’t see him not winning in a full season.
Ugh it hurts to say that.
Ok consider that a ballsy choice. But if the Isles make the playoffs I don’t see how Tavares doesn’t take the trophy. He’ll probably end up close to 100 points if the Isles make the playoffs for the second year in a row.
He was a finalist last year, and I think he gets it this year.
Bold indeed. In reality though I don’t think the Rangers have to overachieve too much for Vigneault to win. Winning the division outright probably gives him the trophy. Although I will say a second place finish to the Penguins as well as a strong finish in the conference gets it done as well.
Calder Memorial Trophy:
This was hard. Such a crapshoot to predict this, but I like Mackinnon for the sole reason he’ll be in a low expectation environment, but will also have the chance to put up some good numbers with the Aves. Mark Scheifele is the more complete player, I just think if Mackinnon puts up better numbers it’s his trophy.
I’ll probably end up very wrong with that.
Stanley Cup Champion:
New York Rangers
Might as well just say it. Mike Keenan entered his first year of coaching the Rangers back in 94′ and we all know how that ended up. Vigneault could end up being the calming presence that the Rangers need to get them to where they need to go.
Who the heck knows anyway. The Stanley Cup with the new divisions may be more up for grabs than ever, because the road to the cup is different.
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