FHS Roundtable Predictions

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With the 2013-14 season just underway, we thought it would be fun and illustrative (mostly fun) to post predictions from the members of the FHS staff. These prognositications include division and Stanley Cup winners, preseason trophy picks, breakout players, breakdown players, and some bonus predictions to give you a broader sense of what we are thinking at this time.

With the 2013-14 season just underway, we thought it would be fun and illustrative (but mostly fun) to post predictions from the members of the FHS staff.

These prognositications included division and Stanley Cup winners, preseason trophy picks, breakout players, breakdown players, and some bonus predictions to give you a broader sense of what we are thinking at this time.

My picks:

Hart: Sidney Crosby, PIT
Vezina: Cory Schneider, NJ
Calder: Mark Scheifele, WPG
Norris: PK Subban, MTL
Selke: Jonathan Toews, CHI
Jack Adams: Peter DeBoer, NJ
Richard: Steven Stamkos, TBL (57 goals)
Art Ross: Sidney Crosby, PIT

Metropolitan winner: Pittsburgh Penguins (regular season warriors)
Atlantic winner: Boston Bruins
Central winner: Chicago Blackhawks
Pacific winner: Los Angeles Kings
President's Trophy: Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Final: Boston Bruins over St. Louis Blues in 5.

Dark horse team: Columbus Blue Jackets (they make playoffs + win a round or two)
Disappointing team: New York Rangers (out in 1st round)

Breakout player: Dmitry Kulikov, FLA (46 points)
Disappointing player: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR

Bonus prediction(s): James Reimer will maintain his status as the #1 goaltender in Toronto, Karri Ramo will play much better than most seem to think but Calgary will still miss the playoffs, Thomas Greiss will post stellar #s and land a way-too-rich, multi-year free agent K this summer, Mikhail Grabovski will break 60 points, and you will wish you had drafted Jonas Brodin (30 points).



From jsuites.

I went Tavares here partly because I believe he has a real shot at a massive year, but also just to be a contrarian jackass and mix things up a bit.

Hart: John Tavares, NYI
Vezina: Antti Niemi, SJ
Calder: Tomas Hertl, SJ
Norris: Shea Weber, NAS
Selke: Ryan O'Reilly, COL
Jack Adams: Joel Quenneville, CHI
Richard: John Tavares, NYI
Art Ross: John Tavares, NYI


Metropolitan winner: Pittsburgh Penguins
Atlantic winner: Boston Bruins
Central winner: Chicago Blackhawks
Pacific winner: Los Angeles Kings
President's Trophy: Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Final: Boston Bruins over LA Kings in six


Dark horse team: Colorado Avalanche
Breakout player: Jonathan Huberdeau, FLA (wait, did he already break out last year? I'll say 60+ points this year)
Disappointing player: Roberto Luongo
Disappointing team: Vancouver Canucks (miss playoffs)


Bonus prediction: Kari Lehtonen is a Vezina finalist (I say this every year though) Jeff Skinner scores 30 again. Dustin Byfuglien eclipses 60 points.


From Mike Benedicks.

Hart: Sidney Crosby, PIT
Vezina: Jonathan Quick, LA
Calder: Nathan MacKinnon, COL
Norris: Erik Karlsson, OTT
Selke: Jonathan Toews, CHI
Jack Adams: Mike Yeo, MN
Richard: Evgeni Malkin, PIT
Art Ross: Sidney Crosby, PIT


Metropolitan winner: Pittsburgh Penguins
Atlantic winner: Boston Bruins
Central winner: St. Louis Blues
Pacific winner: Anaheim Ducks
President's Trophy: Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Final: Boston Bruins defeat Anaheim Ducks in 4


Dark horse team: Edmonton Oilers
Breakout player: Vladimir Tarasenko, STL
Disappointing player: Corey Crawford, CHI
Disappointing team: New York Rangers (no playoffs...they miss Torts shot blocking style which used to compensate for lack of scoring)


Bonus prediction: Bobby Ryan finally has the big year we've all been predicting since his 2010 campaign. We will realize that Eberle > Hall. We'll have five 50 goal scorers for the first time since 2005-2006 (side effect of the goalie pad reduction, extra room behind the net, and game clock time saved from hybrid icing rule).

From Cam:

Hart: Sidney Crosby
Vezina: Tuukka Rask
Calder: Seth Jones
Norris: Erik Karlsson
Selke: Jonathan Toews
Jack Adams: Jon Cooper
Richard: Steven Stamkos
Art Ross: Sidney Crosby

Metropolitan winner: Pittsburgh
Atlantic winner: Boston
Central winner: Chicago
Pacific winner: San Jose
President's Trophy: Boston
Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh over San Jose in six

Dark horse team: Nashville
Disappointing team: Los Angeles

Breakout player: Alex Galchenyuk

Disappointing player: Jonathan Quick
Bonus prediction: Sweden wins Olympic Gold

From @Pope604:

Hart: Steven Stamkos
Vezina: Tuukka Rask
Calder: Aleksander Barkov
Norris: Dustin Byfuglien
Selke: Pavel Datsyuk
Jack Adams: Alain Vigneault
Richard: Steven Stamkos
Art Ross: Sidney Crosby

Metropolitan winner: New York Rangers
Atlantic winner: Boston Bruins
Central winner: Chicago Blackhawks
Pacific winner: Los Angeles Kings
President's Trophy: Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Final: Boston over St. Louis in five

Dark horse team: Colorado Avalanche
Disappointing team: Ottawa Senators

Breakout player: Semyon Varlamov

Disappointing player: Bobby Ryan


Bonus prediction: Edmonton trades for a #1 goalie, Brian Burke is given all power in Calgary before December hits. Jay Feaster is immediately shown the door and hired by Toronto as an advisor. We salute Martin Brodeur for a sensational career after he announces his retirement at the end of the season

From Jay

Hart: Sidney Crosby, PIT
Vezina: Tuukka Rask, BOS
Calder: Nathan McKinnon, WPG
Norris: PK Subban, MTL
Selke: Jonathan Toews, CHI
Jack Adams: Paul MacLean, OTT
Richard: Steven Stamkos, TBL
Art Ross: Sidney Crosby, PIT

Metropolitan winner: Pittsburgh Penguins
Atlantic winner: Boston Bruins
Central winner: Chicago Blackhawks
Pacific winner: San Jose Sharks
President's Trophy: Chicago Blackhawks
Stanley Cup Final: San Jose over Boston in six

Dark horse team: Columbus Blue Jackets
Disappointing team: Edmonton Oilers (fail to make the playoffs yet again)

Breakout player: Brandon Saad, CHI
Disappointing player: Nazem Kadri,TOR

Bonus prediction(s):In addition to Edmonton, New Jersey and Toronto will also struggle this year and not make the playoffs.  The Islanders will win two rounds in the playoffs.

From Darren

Hart: Steven Stamkos, TBL
Vezina: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR
Calder: Nathan McKinnon, COL
Norris: Dustin Byfuglien, WPG
Selke: Patrice Bergeron, BOS
Jack Adams: Mike Babcock, DET
Richard: Steven Stamkos, TBL 
Art Ross: Alexander Ovechkin, WAS

Metropolitan winner: Washington Capitals
Atlantic winner: Boston Bruins
Central winner: Chicago Blackhawks 
Pacific winner: Los Angeles Kings
President's Trophy: Boston Bruins
Stanley Cup Final: Chicago Blackhawks over Boston Bruins in 7

Dark horse team: Dallas Stars
Disappointing team: Tampa Bay Lightening

Breakout player: Valeri Nichushkin, DAL 
Disappointing player: Derek Stepan, NYR

From MasterOfPuppets:

Since I've been handed this assignment by my superiors, I reluctantly submit my, until today, previously held super top secret disclosure of the future, but only that pertaining to the goings on in the rink, if you want to know about your own or the world outlook, i get $1000 per... err umm... well if I sold secrets, that's what it would cost.

Hart Trophy: John Tavares, NYI

A coming of age story will win the Hart Trophy as the leagues most valuable player. Out with the old and in with John Tavares, as he leads his team to back to back playoff appearances, narrowly beating out Phil Kessel who likewise leads his team into the playoffs in a tough division but... he is still Phil Kessel.

Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, NYR

In The Vezina race the picture has been clouded by a few seemingly minor details in the equipment, King Henrik seems strong and confident as ever behind a very solid group of defenders.

Runner Up, Jimmy Howard may deserve the title but in such close race, you can't go wrong casting a vote for Lundqvist.

James Norris Memorial Trophy: P.K. Subban, MON

The Norris Trophy, when not going to Nick Lidstrom, is generally given to a high scoring defenseman with little regard to actual defensive acumen, thankfully P.K. Subban has become more than that, the ever dangerous power play threat takes home his 2nd straight, in a wire to wire race with Erik Karlsson and Ryan Suter.

Frank J. Selke Trophy: Pavel Datsyuk, DET

My pro Red Wing bias colors most judgements made in the Selke Trophy which I believe is quintessentially the league MVP award, as it goes to a player that is generally known for the best all around game.

Though it is presumably known as an award for defensive prowess, you don't win one without having an outstanding offensive season.

Datsyuk and Zetterberg together again will combine for some big numbers and a huge +/- differential. With the Red Wings in a larger public eye returning to the Eastern Conference the only thing standing between Pasha and the Selke is his unselfishness, in which case it would go then to Hank.

Calder Memorial Trophy: Valeri Nichushkin, DAL

I'm seeing a lot of calls for Nichushkin being the "darkhorse" to win this award. If you've read anything i ever said about him before, you know to me, he is the front runner. As in real estate, the winner of this award is generally due to location, location, location. The Stars have a big, young and highly skilled nucleus, affording Ruff the luxury of putting Nichu in a position to succeed.

If your looking for a darkhorse my runner up Jacob Trouba might just fit that bill.

Art Ross Trophy: Evgeni Malkin, PIT

Evgeni Malkin does it all for the Penguins, yet he is still overshadowed by Crosby and they effectively cancel each other out on the other awards. However the most points is the most points and Gino does that, edging out John Yavares and Washington's Nicklas Backstrom

Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy: Phil Kessel, TOR

Kessel, who edges out strong performances from Steven Stamkos and Alex Ovechkin, still gets no respect.

Jack Adams: Lindy Ruff, DAL

Big Doings in Big D!  Having not made the post season since 2007-08, finishing last in the Pacific 3 of the last 5, a new perspective and a new conference make all the difference. Ruff leads his team to a 3rd place finish and a playoff berth.

Metropolitan winner: Pittsburgh Penguins, this will get boring pretty quickly, as there isn't really anyone to challenge the offensive firepower they bring quite yet.

Atlantic winner: Detroit Red Wings, of course!  When you have a team you can comfortably roll 4 lines even through injuries it makes for a strong regular season, though Boston battles them to the end.

Central winner: Chicago Blackhawks, the Hawks are given a rough go of it by a strong Blues team, however a Halak injury insures that they are not toppled in a somewhat weaker division.

Pacific winner: San Jose SharksMartin Havlat plays 64 games, just enough for San Jose to edge out a slow starting, once again, L.A. team (just not sure which one it is Kings or Ducks)

President's Trophy: Pittsburgh Penguins have the easiest time of it, though Chicago and St. Louis make it a race right up to the final 2 weeks.

Stanley Cup Champion: Detroit takes out Chicago in 6, redeeming their collapse in the 2012-13 Conference Semi Final

Dark horse team: Dallas Stars, a rejuvenated fan base propels this young team into the playoffs with a terrific blend of skill and size.

Disappointing team: Minnesota Wild, goalie issues and a lack of depth shuts them out of the playoffs.

Breakout player: Lars Eller, MTL - just scratching the surface of this complete players potential.

Disappointing player: Dany Heatley, yeah I know but he sinks to a new low

Bonus prediction: I will get at least one of these right.

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