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Wednesday, October 05, 2005

opening day predictions

On opening day, I'd like to share some of my predictions. I won't get into divisional standings, and I won't even get into who will or won't make the playoffs. I just want to predict the trophy winners. Most of them anyway. Some of these "predictions" were made simply by using the first name that came to my mind. None of them involved any serious amount of research. Feel free to tell me what you think of my predictions
Here's what I think:
  • Art Ross (total points scored): Cory Stillman

  • Calder Memorial (top rookie): Thomas Vanek

  • Hart Memorial (League MVP): Jarome Iginla

  • James Norris (best defenseman): Nick Lidstrom

  • Lady Byng (gentlemanly play): SuperMario

  • Maurice "Rocket" Richard (top goal scorer): Milan Hejduk

  • Vezina (best goaltender): Marty Turco

  • William M. Jennings (goaltender with fewest goals against): Andrew Raycroft

  • Clarence S. Campbell Bowl: Calgary

  • Prince of Wales Trophy: Ottawa

  • President's (best record): Ottawa

  • Stanley Cup: Calgary

  • Conn Smythe: Iggy

You might be thinking about that Calder trophy, and you may be saying "Vanek???? Why not Crosby? Why not Ovechkin?" I think Sid will have a very slow start, and will put up something like 25 points. He knows there are high expectations for him, and he may not be ready to produce right away. Ovechkin will probably start with a bang, but I've got a feeling that he won't stay strong all season. Vanek will slip in under the radar and have a very, very good rookie year. Everything else is probably a little on the safe side.

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