NHL 2015-2016 Season Preview

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Totally ripping off Scott Cullen, my 2015-2016 picks, with the two minutes of thought this requires, working from West to East because West Coast bias.

* = playoff teams

Pacific Division
Anaheim*
Los Angeles*
Calgary*
Edmonton
Vancouver
San Jose
Arizona

Obvious picks: Anaheim
Formerly obvious picks: Los Angeles, who could miss the playoffs if the rest of the division were better; Vancouver, a 101-point team last season who will miss the playoffs; San Jose, who will miss Raffi Torres, and that’s sad
Non-obvious picks: Calgary, who will regress, but they have two Hamiltons!
Close: Edmonton, who will miss, but not by much
Where’s Sam Hinkie: Arizona

Central Division
St. Louis*
Dallas*
Chicago*
Minnesota*
Nashville*
Winnipeg
Colorado

Obvious picks: St. Louis; Chicago (obvious until/unless proven otherwise); Dallas v. 2015-2016; Winnipeg if they had a goalie
Never an obvious pick: Nashville, whom I’m not picking, nor did I last year (fuck). UPDATE: I realized if I didn’t pick Nashville, I would need to pick Winnipeg or a Pacific Division team, so I’m picking Nashville. Narrowly ahead of the Oilers?
Who the fuck knows: Colorado: Patrick Roy could win the Jack Adams again, or the Vezina, or could be arrested for aggravated assault.
Also: Will the Blackhawks replace “Chelsea Dagger” already? May we suggest:

Atlantic Division
Tampa Bay*
Montreal*
Ottawa*
Boston
Detroit
Florida
Buffalo
Toronto

Obvious picks: Tampa Bay, Montreal
Formerly obvious picks: Boston, who have Krejci, Rask, Pastrnak, Chara, Bergeron, and…Zac Rinaldo? Jonas Gustavsson?
Non-obvious picks: Ottawa, only because a full season of the Hamburglar may be a Craig Anderson injury away from becoming the disaster that the Anderson/Lehner/Hammond trio wasn’t last season
Non-obvious non-pick: Detroit, about whom I wrote last year: 23 years in the playoffs have to end at some point, and I think the odds are even it’s this year. And it was only a 100-point year.
The rest: Buffalo may be closer to a playoff spot than any of the other non-playoff teams here, but not this season (see also Oilers).

Metropolitan
Washington*
Pittsburgh*
New York Rangers*
New York Islanders*
Columbus*
Philadelphia
New Jersey
Carolina

Obvious picks: The top four
Non-obvious pick: Probably Columbus, because Brandon Saad is still only one roster spot, and Jack Johnson is still one roster spot.

Western Conference Finals
St. Louis over Anaheim

Eastern Conference Finals
Washington over Tampa Bay

Stanley Cup Finals
Washington over St. Louis

Art Ross Trophy
Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy
Vladimir Tarasenko

Hart Trophy
Vladimir Tarasenko

Vezina Trophy
Tuukka Rask

Norris Trophy
Mark Giordano

Calder Trophy
Connor McDavid

Adams Trophy
Barry Trotz

McDavid point total: 76
Eichel point total: 55

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2 Responses to “NHL 2015-2016 Season Preview”

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