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Staff Predictions

Monday, September 30, 2013


With the 2013-14 campaign about to start, this is the perfect time for us to make some bold predictions about the coming season.

 

As we’ve done in the past, we’ve singled out our preseason trophy picks, our Stanley Cup Final predictions, and the players we think will have the biggest fantasy impact.  We’ve also thrown in some oddball predictions to spice things up.

 

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Ryan Dadoun

 

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy: Alex Ovechkin

Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist

Calder Trophy: Aleksander Barkov

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Kris Letang

 

PIM Leader: Antoine Roussel

Best Fantasy Forward: Sidney Crosby

Best Fantasy Defenseman: Kris Letang

Best Fantasy Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist

Best Sleeper: Mike Green

Most likely to disappoint: Sergei Bobrovsky

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14:  Jonas Hiller

Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The St. Louis Blues defeat the New York Rangers in five games.

 

Three Oddball Predictions:

 

1. The Detroit Red Wings will go from the fourth most disciplined team in the NHL (rated by total penalty minutes), to one of the top 10 most penalized teams now that they are in the Atlantic Division.

 

2. The New Jersey Devils ranked 28th in goals per game last season.  They will improve on that despite losing Ilya Kovalchuk, but they will still miss the playoffs.

 

3. The gold medal game in the 2014 Winter Olympics will not involve Canada, the United States, or Russia.

 

Kevin A. Brown

 

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist

Calder Trophy: Seth Jones

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Erik Karlsson

 

PIM Leader: Zenon Konopka

Best Fantasy Forward: Steve Stamkos

Best Fantasy Defenseman: P.K. Subban

Best Fantasy Goalie: Tuukka Rask

Best Sleeper: Mikhail Grabovski

Most likely to disappoint: John Tavares

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14:  Braden Holtby

 Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The Los Angeles Kings defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.

 

Three Oddball Predictions:

 

1. Daniel Alfredsson may have fled for Detroit in order to win a Stanley Cup, but Ottawa will make it further in the playoffs than the Red Wings will.

 

2. The departed Mikhail Grabovski will record more points than both Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson combined.

 

3. Marc-Andre Fleury will lead the NHL in wins despite recording a save percentage below .905.

 

Brian Rosenbaum

 

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy: Steve Stamkos

Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask

Calder Trophy: Valeri Nichushkin

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Kris Letang

 

PIM Leader: Radko Gudas

Best Fantasy Forward: Sidney Crosby

Best Fantasy Defenseman: Kris Letang

Best Fantasy Goalie: Tuukka Rask

Best Sleeper: Mikkel Boedker

Most likely to disappoint: Jiri Tlusty

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14: Karri Ramo

Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The Washington Capitals defeat the San Jose Sharks six games.

 

Three Oddball Predictions:

 

1. Corey Perry's and Ryan Getzlaf's combined points will be within 50 points of all other Anaheim Ducks' forwards added together.

 

2. Tuukka Rask will have more shutouts than Karri Ramo will have wins.

 

3. Sami Vatanen will outscore highly-touted Seth Jones.

 

James O'Brien

 

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy: Steve Stamkos

Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist

Calder Trophy: Mark Scheifele

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Erik Karlsson

 

PIM Leader: Zenon Konopka

Best Fantasy Forward: Alex Ovechkin

Best Fantasy Defenseman: Erik Karlsson

Best Fantasy Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist

Best Sleeper: Steve Downie

Most likely to disappoint: Sergei Bobrovsky

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14: Steve Mason

Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The St. Louis Blues defeat the New York Rangers in six games.

 

Three Oddball Predictions:

 

1. A significant player will get injured during the 2014 Winter Olympics, altering the playoff picture in the process (much like Dominik Hasek in 2006).

 

2. Evander Kane will be the most valuable player fantasy-wise named Kane (not Patrick) next season.

 

3. Jarome Iginla will have a better season with David Krejci and Milan Lucic than Nathan Horton ever did.


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