Wednesday, October 05, 2005


NHL: Preseason Predictions Part Deux

It's been a long year and a half without NHL hockey and today is the country's biggest party. Such is my luck that I have to spend tonight in a class learning about the Cost/Direct Method of Consolidating Financial Statements. Of all the great injustices!! >:( ... I'll miss the whole damn party. I blame Gary Bettman.

I've put up the Jaroslav Balastik monitor once again, the other site has the Sidney Crosby monitor, and now we've got Red and Black Hockey doing an Andrew Hutchison "Hot Dog with Cheese" Monitor. If you see any good sales on Kraft Singles, let me know.


Predictions may be a fool's game to some, but I do like to put my knowledge and psychic ability to the test. While I may have made some predictions earlier this offseason, I decided to revise them a bit and include the non-playoff teams. I've also posted the predictions from The Puck Stops Here, James Mirtle, McKeens, Sports Illustrated, The Hockey News, and Hockey Analysis. I had to tweak the rankings around to match up with the 'Division Winner' seeding format.
We'll see who is right after the season is over.

Preseason Predictions


To finish off, here are my psychic and biased award predictions:

MVP: Jerome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Art Ross: Markus Naslund, Vancouver Canucks
Norris: Scott Niedermayer, Anaheim Mighty Ducks
Vezina: Roberto Luongo, Florida Panthers
Calder: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins
Selke: Keith Primeau, Philadelphia Flyers (Not that he deserves it, but the writers fell in love with him even though Michal Handzus is a better defensive forward)
Rocket Richard: Marian Hossa, Atlanta Thrashees
Lady Byng: Pavol Demitra, Los Angeles Kings

Oh, and GAME ON!

Primeau is a bum.
As a Bruins fan, I'm pretty pleased with their offense but their defense concerns me too much for them to be a top three seed in my view. More realistically is a 5th-6th place finish.
Looking forward to the Leafs missing the playoffs though.
Looking forward to the Leafs missing the playoffs though.

Don't we all ;)
I don't like any of the teams in the East, aside from those I picked in the top seven. Whoever gets into that eight spot, in my opinion, will make easy pickings for who finishes first.

That said, it could just as easily be the Islanders or Sabres in that spot. I figured, however, that I go out on a limb and bump a team up that everyone is predicting will be one of the league's worst. I see good things in what the Hurricanes did.
Yeah, I can see Martin Gerber carrying the Hurricanes to a playoff spot. Maybe I should have picked him in my hockey pool?
I may not know much, but I do know this- there is no way in hell that Edmonton finishes behind Phoenix.
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