nhl preview

It’s that time of year again, friends. The leaves are turning color, the baseball playoffs have started [Roy Halladay … wow!], and a new NHL season is upon us. And so, as I do, here are some predictions on what will transpire between now and June 2011.

Playoff Teams
East
1. Washington
2. Pittsburgh
3. Boston
4. New Jersey
5. Philadelphia
6. Buffalo
7. Ottawa
8. Tampa Bay

West
1. Vancouver
2. Los Angeles
3. Chicago
4. San Jose
5. Detroit
6. Colorado
7. Phoenix
8. St. Louis

Stanley Cup Finalists
Vancouver Canucks vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Stanley Cup Champion
Pittsburgh Penguins

Art Ross
Alexander Ovechkin

Hart Trophy
Alexander Ovechkin

Note: The Caps will have great regular season success, but will once again flame out in the playoffs. Think of them as the Suns of the NHL.

Richard Trophy
Steven Stamkos

Vezina
Tuukka Rask

Norris
Drew Doughty

Calder
Jordon Eberle

Jack Adams
Davis Payne, St. Louis Blues –> my surprise team of the year.

Team with the #1 pick in the 2011 draft
Florida Panthers

There you have it. The official word on the 2010-2011 NHL season. Check back in June to see how off these picks are!

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