NHL Blog: Fearless Predictions

10/08/2023. NHL preseason is almost over. Regular season starts soon. It is time to make some predictions. Fearless predictions. Who will win the Presidents` Trophy? Who are the favorites? Who will win the Stanley Cup? It is all here. Will fist-fight anyone who disagrees.

NHL Season starts!

The NHL regular season begins on Tuesday. Three games, with Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Nashville Predators in the first game of the season. Chicago Blackhawks will play in Pittsburgh. Connor Bedard will face Sidney Crosby on his very first NHL game.

And the festivities will wrap up in the Nevada desert, as the Vegas Golden Knights raise their Stanley Cup banner to the rafters before hosting the Seattle Kraken.

It will be a long road before the NHL regular season ends after 82 games on April 18th, 2024.

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Fearless Predictions

Here are my predictions for the 2023-24 NHL regular season. These teams will make the playoffs. Only sixteen teams, eight from each conference. Only one parade.

Eastern Conference

Atlantic Division

1. Toronto Maple Leafs
2. Boston Bruins
3. Buffalo Sabres

Metropolitan Division

1. Carolina Hurricanes
2. New Jersey Devils
3. New York Rangers

Eastern Conference Wild Cards

1. Pittsburgh Penguins
2. Tampa Bay Lightning

Western Conference

Central Division

1. Dallas Stars
2. Colorado Avalanche
3. Minnesota Wild

Pacific Division

1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Vegas Golden Knights
3. Los Angeles Kings

Western Conference Wild Cards

1. Calgary Flames
2. Nashville Predators

Conference Champions

East: New Jersey Devils
West: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Champion

Edmonton Oilers

Conn Smythe Trophy Winner

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

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NHL Regular Season Awards

Here are my fearless Predictions for winners of NHL regular season awards. These players, coaches and hockey executives will carry home the hardware.

Hart Memorial Trophy

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

McDavid is the most advanced hockey player in the history of the sport. If there is a better league on some other planet, Connor should go play there. At 26 years of age, he will hit 1,000 points for his NHL career before this season is over. Wayne, Mario, and yes, Connor.

Watching McDavid skate at Oilers` practices is another level. A regular stops and stars skate; blue line, red line, blue line – he is three steps ahead of anybody else. Not right.

Art Ross Trophy

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Vezina Trophy

Jake Oettinger, Dallas Stars

There may be some more “by-the-book”-type elite goaltenders in the East, but in the West, and in the heart of Texas, there is Jake Oettinger. A little unpredictable, perhaps, but creative and fun to watch. Oettinger makes routine saves look easy. The dramatic ones are where he shines. Only 24 years old, ready to make the next step.

James Norris Memorial Trophy

Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars

Miro Heiskanen can do it all. He can play total hockey as the fourth forward, carry the puck, and set up plays. He can match up against anyone in the NHL, defend and become a one-man breakout in seconds. Smooth, effortless skater, who may not need big offensive numbers to get noticed. It is about time to take notice of Miro Heiskanen.

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Jack Hughes, New Jersey Devils

Jack Hughes is of a slight build in today’s NHL. If he can stay healthy through the entire 82-game schedule, Jack has the upside to be a 110-120-point player. Playmaking center, who sees the ice well, and can make plays out of nothing with great confidence.

All the tools, skating, puck skills, and most importantly, a hockey brain.

Calder Memorial Trophy

Connor Bedard, Chicago Blackhawks

The first-overall pick in the 2023 NHL Draft, Connor Bedard is the greatest Connor hockey has seen since 2015. There are no guarantees, though, the last Connor did not win the Calder, either. Watch for the Columbus Blue Jackets` Adam Fantilli, the Devils` Luke Hughes, and the Arizona Coyotes` Logan Cooley who are out to prove that this is not a one horse race.

Connor Bedard is the real deal. His shot is something never seen before—all styles, timing, disguising the time of release, all incredible. The kid is some kind of perfectionist, very methodical in everything.

Ted Lindsay Award

Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Frank J. Selke Trophy

Nico Hischier, New Jersey Devils

Patrice Bergeron has finally retired. Now there is an opening for someone else to take home the Selke as the best defensive forward in the National Hockey League. That someone is New Jersey Devils 24-year old captain Niko Hischier.

Very strong two-way player who can take on the toughest assignments and match-ups. All kinds of offensive skills as well, but the defensive conscience will earn him the Selke.

Jack Adams Award

Andrew Brunette, Nashville Predators

This is not your father`s Nashville Predators anymore. They are building a fast, entertaining and exciting team in Tennessee, and Andrew Brunette is the perfect man to coach it.

Brunette is known as a coach who emphasizes and focuses on offense. Creative players have a chance to shine under “Bruno”. “I want them to enjoy the game – to be a style of hockey that`s enthusiastic, it`s entertaining, and it`s fun to play”, said Brunette in his introductory press conference in June.

This will bring results and the Jack Adams.

Jim Gregory General Manager of the Year Award

Tom Fitzgerald, New Jersey Devils

Fitzgerald has built a team in Jersey that will take the next step this season. For more, check out: “Something Special in New Jersey”

Jouni Nieminen, Edmonton

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