2013 NHL Season Prediction Time

Posted by on January 18, 2013

As we begin the lockout shortened 2013 season, here are some predictions for the Eastern Conference and Western Conference standings, Playoff teams, Award winners, and Stanley Cup Champions.


* Division winners

EAST
*Pittsburgh Penguins – Most Complete Team in the NHL.
*Washington Capitals – Holtby becomes the goalie the Caps have been waiting for.
*Boston Bruins – Rask becomes a top 5 goalie in the league.
New York Rangers – Second most complete team. Play in the same division as the most complete team.
Philadelphia Flyers – The Schenn brothers pay off for the Flyers.
New Jersey Devils – Loss of Parise isn’t as devastating as most people think.
Tampa Bay Lightning – Stamkos gets his team into the playoffs.
Buffalo Sabres – Ryan Miller becomes the Ryan Miller of 2010.

Carolina Hurricanes – Shortened season hurts Canes with new superstars they brought in.
New York Islanders – Up and coming team, still a year away though.
Montreal Canadiens – P.K. Subban situation unclear and so are the Canadiens.
Florida Panthers – Can’t copy the success they had last year.
Winnipeg Jets – Kane puts up numbers but no one else follows suit.
Ottawa Senators – Just not enough talent to make a real playoff push.
Toronto Maple Leafs – Not quite sure what direction they’re going in now that they’ve fired Burke.

WEST
*Los Angeles Kings – Build off their Stanley Cup win and have a better regular season.
*Vancouver Canucks – Sedin twins do what Sedin twins do… put up points.
*St. LouisBlues – Strong defense and Halak carry this team through season and playoffs.
Chicago Black Hawks – Kane puts up the numbers we’re use to seeing.
Nashville Predators – Rinne becomes a household name and really puts the team on his back.
San Jose Sharks – Defense becomes the backbone of Sharks with their aging stars putting up less points.
Detroit Red Wings – Datsyuk and Zetterberg keep the Red Wings in contention throughout the year.
Edmonton Oilers – All the young talent pays off and they make some noise in the playoffs.

Phoenix Coyotes – Mike Smith cant do it by himself and Doan shows his age.
Minnesota Wild – Same problem as Carolina; No time to get their superstars accustomed to the system.
Colorado Avalanche – Duchene tries to do it all but cant get enough support from others.
Dallas Stars – Lehtonen finishes in the top 5 for the Vezina but doesn’t get enough wins.
Calgary Flames – Iginla keeps putting up numbers as one of the greats of the game.
Anaheim Ducks – Hiller shows that last year is the goalie he’ll always be…. good, not great.
Columbus Blue Jackets – Losing Nash hurts for now but give them a couple years and they will be in playoff contention.

STANLEY CUP CHAMPIONS
St. Louis Blues over New York Rangers in seven.

Hart Trophy: Steven Stamkos – Tampa Bay Lightning
(Most Valuable Player in the regular season)

Art Ross: Stamkos – Lightning
(player who leads the League in scoring)

Norris Trophy: Alex Pietrangelo – St. Louis Blues
(top defenseman)

Vezina Trophy: Jonathan Quick – Los Angeles Kings
(top goaltender)

Calder Trophy: Justin Schultz – Edmonton Oilers
(Rookie of the Year)

Jack Adams Trophy: Ken Hitchcock – St. Louis Blues
(top coach)

 
Jerry Elsing – Speaking of the Devils Contributor
@j_els22

 

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