Second City Hockey's Staff Predictions

Bruce Bennett

Do the Blackhawks have what it takes to repeat? Find out what the staff thinks.....

Tonight is the night we have all been waiting for, the start of the new NHL season.  I am sitting at work more giddy than a kid waiting for his parents to wake up Christmas morning to open presents. As we did last season, I got predictions from everyone on our expanding staff so we can come back in May and laugh at them.  Let's see what our brilliant hockey minds came up with.

We will start with our newest writer, who will be covering the IceHogs and Blackhawks prospects this year, Nick Marek:

Atlantic: Boston, Detroit, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Florida.
Metro: Pittsburgh, Philladelphia, NYR, New Jersey, Washington, Carolina, NYI, Columbus
Central: Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Dallas, Minnesota, Colorado, Winnipeg
Pacific: San Jose, Anaheim, Vancouver, Los Angeles, Phoenix, Edmonton, Calgary
East Wild Cards: Montreal, Toronto
West Wild Cards: Los Angeles, Dallas
East Champs: Pittsburgh
West Champs: Chicago
Cup Champs: Chicago
Hart: Jonathan Toews
Vezina: Henrik Lundqvist
Norris: Shea Weber
Calder: Nathan MacKinnon
Rocket Richard: Evegni Malkin

Next we have our GIF master nineteen88:

Atlantic: Detroit, Boston, Montreal, Ottawa, Buffalo, Toronto, Florida, Tampa Bay
Metro: Pittsburgh, Washington, NYR, Philadelphia, NYI, Devils, Columbus, Carolina
Central: Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota, Nashville, Winnipeg, Colorado
Pacific: Anaheim, Los Angeles, Vancouver, San Jose, Edmonton, Phoenix, Calgary
East Wild Cards: Philadelphia, NYI
West Wild Cards: Nashville, San Jose
East Champ: Pittsburgh
West Champ: Chicago
Cup Champ: Chicago
Hart: Patrick Kane
Vezina: Jonathan Quick
Norris: Shea Weber
Calder: Seth Jones
Rocket Richard: Evgeni Malkin

Mike Shoro took enough time out from writing Lindsey Buckingham fan letters to give us these predictions:

Flortheast: Boston, Montreal, Ottawa, Detroit, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Florida
Patrick Plus: Pittsburgh, NYR, NYI, New Jersey, Columbus, Washington, Carolina, Philadelphia
Conference III: Chicago, St. Louis, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, Winnipeg, Colorado
The Other One: Los Angeles, San Jose, Vancouver, Anaheim, Edmonton, Phoenix, Calgary
East Wild Cards: New Jersey, Detroit
West Wild Cards: Minnesota, Anaheim
East Champ: NYI
West Champ: Los Angeles
Cup Champ: Los Angeles
Hart: John Tavares
Vezina: Cory Schneider, because I want to watch Vancouver implode
Norris: Erik Karlsson
Calder: American Hero Seth Jones
Rocket Richard: A healthy Sidney Crosby

randyholt checking in from the Hockey Mecca of North American; Arizona:

Atlantic: Boston, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Ottawa, Tampa Bay, Florida, Buffalo
Metro: Pittsburgh, NYR, Washington, Columbus, Philadelphia, NYI, New Jersey, Carolina
Pacific: San Jose, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Phoenix, Anaheim, Edmonton, Calgary
Central: Chicago, St Louis, Minnesota, Dallas, Nashville, Winnipeg, Colorado
East Wild Cards : Columbus, Detroit
West Wild Cards: Phoenix, Dallas
East Champ: NYR
West Champ: Los Angeles
Cup Champ: Los Angeles
Hart: Patrick Kane
Vezina: Jonathan Quick
Norris: Drew Doughty
Calder: Seth Jones
Rocket Richard: Steven Stamkos

UofTkid sent his predictions from among the legions of Canucks fans:

Atlantic: Boston, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Buffalo, Florida
Metro: Pittsburgh, NYR, Philadelphia, Washington, New Jersey, NYI, Carolina, Columbus
Central: Chicago, Nashville, St. Louis, Minnesota, Dallas, Winnipeg, Colorado
Pacific: Los Angeles, San Jose, Anaheim, Vancouver, Edmonton, Phoenix, Calgary
East Wild Cards: Washington, Toronto
West Wild Cards: Vancouver, Minnesota
East Champ: NYR
West Champ: Chicago
Cup Champ: NYR
Conn Smythe: Henrik Lundqvist
Hart: Sidney Crosby
Vezina: Tuuka Rask
Norris: Erik Karlsson
Calder: Nathan MacKinnon
Rocket Richard: Steven Stamkos

BlueLineBeauty has come out of hiding to submit her picks (who, if I remember correctly, was the only one that picked the Hawks to win the Cup last year) :

Atlantic: Boston, Detroit, Tampa Bay, Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal, Florida, Buffalo
Metropolitan: NYR, Pittsburg, Washington, Philadelphia, New Jersey, NYI, Carolina, Columbus
Central: Chicago, St. Louis, Minnesota, Nashville, Dallas, Colorado, Winnipeg
Pacific: Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Jose, Phoenix, Anaheim, Edmonton, Calgary
East Wild Cards: Toronto, Philadelphia
West Wild Cards: Nashville, Phoenix
East Champ: NYR
West Champ: Chicago
Cup Champ: Chicago
Hart: Nicklas Backstrom
Vezina: Pekka Rinne
Norris: Kris Letang
Calder: Seth Jones
Rocket Richard: Steven Stamkos

TazerNation19 put together these picks in between periods at the last SCH in line game:

Atlantic: Detroit, Boston, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Ottawa, Montreal, Florida, Buffalo
Metro: Pittsburgh, Columbus, NYR, Washington, Carolina, Philadelphia, NYI, New Jersey
Pacific: Vancouver, Los Angeles, San Jose, Phoenix, Edmonton, Anaheim, Calgary
Central: Chicago, St Louis, Dallas, Minnesota, Nashville, Winnipeg, Colorado
East Wild Cards : Rangers, Washington
West Wild Cards: Dallas, San Jose
East Champ: Washington
West Champ: Chicago
Cup Champ: Washington
Hart: Alexander Ovechkin
Vezina: Jonathan Quick
Norris: Erik Karlsson
Calder: Jonathan Druin
Rocket Richard: Alexander Ovechkin

And finally, saving the worst for last, here are my picks:

Atlantic: Boston, Detroit, Ottawa, Montreal, Toronto, Tampa Bay, Florida, Buffalo
Metro: Pittsburgh, NYR, Washington, Columbus, Philadelphia, NYI, New Jersey, Carolina
Pacific: San Jose, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Anaheim, Phoenix, Edmonton, Calgary
Central: Chicago, St Louis, Nashville, Dallas, Minnesota, Winnipeg, Colorado
East Wild Cards : Columbus, Ottawa
West Wild Cards: Anaheim, Dallas
East Champ: Pittsburgh
West Champ: Chicago
Cup Champ: Chicago
Hart: Patrick Kane
Vezina: Pekka Rinne
Norris: Ryan Suter
Calder: Ryan Strome
Rocket Richard: Steven Stamkos

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