Hockey Prospectus author predictions

As we stand on the precipice of the 2014-15 season, a half-marathon, half-sprint that will take us into June, the first year in three without either a work stoppage or an Olympic Break (not that we complained about the latter), the Hockey Prospectus crew want to take those last few moments of calmness to put our prognosticating hats on before the games begin to count.

The Hockey Prospectus authors were asked to provide their takes on all of the major player awards as well as the division champions, conference and Stanley Cup champions. To add a little bit of spice to the mix, a few bonus questions were sprinkled in for good measure.

Here are the results:

Timo Seppa

Players/Coaches

1) Hart Trophy Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Norris Trophy Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

3) Vezina Trophy Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

4) Calder Trophy Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

5) Jack Adams Award Jon Cooper, Tampa Ba Lightning

6) Frank Selke Trophy Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Atlantic Division champ Boston Bruins

3) Pacific Division champ San Jose Sharks

4) Central Division champ Chicago Blackhawks

5) Eastern Conference champ Boston Bruins

6) Western Conference champ Chicago Blackhawks

7) Stanley Cup winner Boston Bruins

Bonus Predictions

1) Biggest name traded around the deadline Nail Yakupov

Rob Vollman

Players/Coaches

1) Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Norris Trophy: Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

3) Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

4) Calder Trophy: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

5) Jack Adams Award: Willie Desjardins, Vancouver Canucks

6) Frank Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ: Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Atlantic Division champ: Boston Bruins

3) Pacific Division champ: Los Angeles Kings

4) Central Division champ: Chicago Blackhawks

5) Eastern Conference champ: Pittsburgh Penguins

6) Western Conference champ: Chicago Blackhawks

7) Stanley Cup winner: Chicago Blackhawks

Bonus Predictions

1) Biggest name traded around the deadline: Jarome Iginla

2) How does the Ryan Johansen saga end? They meet his price.

3) Prediction of your choice: Teemu Selanne returns … but not to the Ducks!

Ryan Schwepfinger

Players/Coaches

1) Hart Trophy – Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Norris Trophy – Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

3) Vezina Trophy – Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

4) Calder Trophy – Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals

5) Jack Adams Award – Lindy Ruff, Dallas Stars

6) Frank Selke Trophy – Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ – Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Atlantic Division champ – Tampa Bay Lightning

3) Pacific Division champ – Los Angeles Kings

4) Central Division champ – Dallas Stars

5) Eastern Conference champ – Tampa Bay Lightning

6) Western Conference champ – Los Angeles Kings

7) Stanley Cup winner – Los Angeles Kings

Bonus Predictions

1) Biggest name traded around the deadline – The summer UFA crop is quite thin. I’ll reluctantly call Mike Green a “big name” here.

2) How does the Ryan Johansen saga end? – Pretty much the same way Ryan O’Reilly did (sans Calgary offer sheet), he signs a 2-year deal with CBJ about one month into the season.

3) Prediction of your choice – Dallas reaches the Western Conference Final and takes LA to seven games. If I had more guts I would have picked them to win the West but TB-DAL seemed too bold.

Ryan Wilson

Players/Coaches

1) Hart Trophy:  Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Norris Trophy Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins

3) Vezina Trophy Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

4) Calder Trophy  Leon Draisaitl, Edmonton Oilers

5) Jack Adams Award Mike Babcock, Detroit Red Wings

6) Frank Selke Trophy Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Atlantic Division champ Tampa Bay Lightning

3) Pacific Division champ Los Angeles Kings

4) Central Division champ St. Louis Blues

5) Eastern Conference champ Pittsburgh Penguins

6) Western Conference champ St. Louis Blues

7) Stanley Cup winner St. Louis Blues

Bonus Predictions

1) Biggest name traded around the deadline Paul Martin

2) How does the Ryan Johansen saga end?  Bridge deal:  2 years 8.0M with 3.5M in the 1st year and 4.5M in the 2nd year.

3) Prediction of your choice – The Sabres will finish outside of the bottom 2 in the league and will miss out on both McDavid and Eichel.

Matthew Coller

Players/Coaches

1) Hart Trophy – Tyler Seguin, Dallas Stars

2) Norris Trophy – Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

3) Vezina Trophy – Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators

4) Calder Trophy – Griffin Reinhart, New York Islanders

5) Jack Adams Award – Peter Laviolette, Nashville Predators

6) Frank Selke Trophy – Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ – Pittsburgh Penguins 

2) Atlantic Division champ – Tampa Bay Lightning

3) Pacific Division champ – Chicago Blackhawks

4) Central Division champ – Dallas Stars

5) Eastern Conference champ – Tampa Bay Lightning

6) Western Conference champ – Chicago Blackhawks

7) Stanley Cup winner – Tampa Bay Lightning

Bonus Predictions

1) Biggest name traded around the deadline – Chris Stewart? The 2015 free agent crop is brutal.

2) How does the Ryan Johansen saga end? – He signs a 2 year deal for more than the Jackets wanted

3) Prediction of your choice – Nashville is a serious contender

Leslie Treff

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ–New York Rangers

2) Atlantic Division champ–Boston Bruins

3) Pacific Division champ–Anaheim Ducks

4) Central Division champ–Dallas Stars

5) Eastern Conference champ–Boston Bruins

6) Western Conference champ–Anaheim Ducks

7) Stanley Cup winner–Boston Bruins

Bonus Predictions

1) Biggest name traded around the deadline–Evgeny Malkin

2) How does the Ryan Johansen saga end–He caves and signs with Columbus.

3) Prediction of your choice – That the Islanders will be real contenders this season.

Ryan Wagman

Players/Coaches

1) Hart Trophy Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Norris Trophy Alex Pietrangelo, St. Louis Blues

3) Vezina Trophy Henrik Lundqvist, New York Rangers

4) Calder Trophy Evgeny Kuznetsov, Washington Capitals

5) Jack Adams Award Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning

6) Frank Selke Trophy Anze Kopitar,Los Angeles Kings

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Atlantic Division champ Tampa Bay Lightning

3) Pacific Division champ Los Angeles Kings

4) Central Division champ Chicago Blackhawks

5) Eastern Conference champ Tampa Bay Lightning

6) Western Conference champ Chicago Blackhawks

7) Stanley Cup winner Chicago Blackhawks

Bonus Predictions

1) Biggest name traded around the deadline – Jakub Voracek

2) How does the Ryan Johansen saga end? – he signs a two year deal in late October

3) Prediction of your choice – The Flyers and the Red Wings miss the playoffs

Sam Hitchcock

1) Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Norris: Shea Weber, Nashville Predators

3) Vezina: Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

4) Calder: Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

5) Jack Adams: Peter Laviolette, Nashville Predators

6) Frank Selke: Anze Kopitar, Los AngelesKings

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ: Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Atlantic Division champ: Boston Bruins

3) Pacific Division champ: Anaheim Ducks

4)  Central Division champ: Chicago Blackhawks

5) Eastern Conference Champ: Boston Bruins

6) Western Conference Champ: Chicago Blackhawks

7) Stanley Cup winner: Chicago Blackhawks

Biggest name traded at the deadline: Eric Staal

How does the Ryan Johansen deal end: Johansen will sign a bridge contract for $3.75 one week after the season starts.

Prediction: Vladimir Tarasenko finishes just outside the top five in points.

Erik Yost

Players/Coaches

1) Hart Trophy- Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Norris Trophy- PK Subban, Montreal Canadiens

3) Vezina Trophy- Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

4) Calder Trophy-Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

5) Jack Adams Award- Lindy Ruff, Dallas Stars

6) Frank Selke Trophy- Anze Kopitar , Los Angeles Kings

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ- Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Atlantic Division champ- Tampa Bay Lightning

3) Pacific Division champ- Los Angeles Kings

4) Central Division champ- Chicago Blackhawks

5) Eastern Conference champ- Boston Bruins

6) Western Conference champ- Chicago Blackhawks

7) Stanley Cup winner- Chicago Blackhawks

Bonus Predictions

1) Biggest name traded around the deadline. Mike Green. WSH

2) How does the Ryan Johansen saga end? Two weeks into the season, both sides meet somewhat in the middle with a 2-year, $8.5M bridge deal. 

3) Prediction of your choice – Randy Carlyle won’t make it past the first week of November as philosophies clash after Toronto stumbles out of the gate to start the season.

John Fischer

Players/Coaches

1) Hart Trophy – Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

2) Norris Trophy – Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings

3) Vezina Trophy – Tuukka Rask, Boston Bruins

4) Calder Trophy – Johnny Gaudreau, Calgary Flames

5) Jack Adams Award – Peter DeBoer, New Jersey Devils

6) Frank Selke Trophy – Anze Kopitar, Los Angeles Kings

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ – New York Rangers

2) Atlantic Division champ – Boston Bruins

3) Pacific Division champ – Los Angeles Kings

4) Central Division champ – St. Louis Blues

5) Eastern Conference champ – Boston Bruins

6) Western Conference champ – St. Louis Blues

7) Stanley Cup winner – St. Louis Blues

Bonus Predictions

1) Biggest name traded around the deadline – Mike Green, Washington

2) How does the Ryan Johansen saga end? – Johansen signs by October 20.  Columbus still scratches and claws for a playoff spot they lose out to the Islanders.

3) Prediction of your choice – 6 points separate first and fourth place in the Metropolitan. Your playoff teams: NYR, Pittsburgh, New Jersey, and NYI.

Matt Pfeffer

Players/Coaches

1) Hart Trophy – Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh Penguins

2) Norris Trophy – Erik Karlsson, Ottawa Senators

3) Vezina Trophy – Henrik Lundqvist, New York rangers

4) Calder Trophy – Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

5) Jack Adams Award – Alain Vigneault, New York Rangers

6) Frank Selke Trophy – Michael Grabner, New York Islanders

Teams

1) Metropolitan Division champ – New York Rangers

2) Atlantic Division champ – Boston Bruins

3) Pacific Division champ – Anaheim Ducks

4) Central Division champ – St. Louis Blues

5) Eastern Conference champ – Boston Bruins

6) Western Conference champ – St. Louis Blues

7) Stanley Cup winner – St. Louis Blues

Bonus Predictions

Prediction of your choice – Three Western Conference GMs are fired by the beginning of next season

One thought on “Hockey Prospectus author predictions

  1. Turtle
    Players/Coaches
    1) Hart Trophy- Steven Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning

    2) Norris Trophy- Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins

    3) Vezina Trophy- Cory Schneider, New Jersey Devils

    4) Calder Trophy-Jonathan Drouin, Tampa Bay Lightning

    5) Jack Adams Award- John Cooper, Tampa Bay Lightning/THE Ohio State University

    6) Frank Selke Trophy- Jonathan Toews, Chicago Blackhawks
    Teams

    1) Metropolitan Division champ- Columbus Blue Jackets

    2) Atlantic Division champ- Boston Bruins

    3) Pacific Division champ- Anaheim Ducks

    4) Central Division champ- Chicago Blackhawks

    5) Eastern Conference champ- Pittsburgh Penguins

    6) Western Conference champ- Chicago Blackhawks

    7) Stanley Cup winner- Chicago Blackhawks
    Bonus Predictions
    1) Biggest name traded around the deadline. Jamie Benn – DAL
    2) How does the Ryan Johansen saga end? 4+ year deal for bonkers $$$
    3) Prediction of your choice – Sidney Crosby sets the record for most goals in a postseason

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