Final NHL predictions

Really, do you want to watch some TV talking head or some expert blogger make predictions such as “Alexander Ovechkin will win the Rocket Richard trophy?”

Of course not. You want crazy picks that may not come true, but you can talk yourself into happening.

Some of these will come from my 30 NHL previews, but mostly they’re new ones.

So here are my top 25 fearless predictions.

1. The Calgary Flames will finish last in the West.

2. The New York Islanders will make the playoffs.

3. Only one Canadian team will make the playoffs.

4. Alexander Semin will be traded.

5. Daniel Alfredsson will be traded.

6. Chicago finally manages to trade Brian Campbell.

7. Tomas Kaberle will not be traded.

8. Carey Price will finish the season with better stats than Jaroslav Halak.

9. Zach Parise will score at least 55 goals to lead the league.

10. Eric Staal will score 50 goals.

11. Alexander Ovechkin misses half the season due to injury.

12. Jonathan Toews does reach 70 points.

13. Neither does Rick Nash. 

14. Johan Franzen leads the Red Wings in points.

15. Daniel Sedin gets more points than his brother, Henrik.

16. Despite all their rookies, no one on the Oilers will be nominated for the Calder trophy.

17. Alexander Semin wins the all-star MVP.

18. Brent Sutter will be the first head coach fired.

This photo is here to prove #20 right.

19. Glen Sather will either be fired or resign from being the Rangers general manager this season.

20. Mike Comrie won’t play with Sidney Crosby, won’t get 45 points, but will get to see a picture of his wife, Hillary Duff, every time he is written about on the Internet.

21. No one on Nashville will get reach 50 points.

22. Teemu Selanne will retire, despite having a 40-goal, 80-point season.

23. Matt Carkner will have only one fight against Colton Orr this season, after fighting four times last year (and losing three).

24. Kris Versteeg will finish with 80 points.

25. Shea Weber signs a 10-year extension with the Predators.

Final standings:

Eastern conference:

1. Washington Capitals

2. Boston Bruins

3. Pittsburgh Penguins

4. Buffalo Sabres

5. New Jersey Devils

6. Philadelphia Flyers

7. Tampa Bay Lightning

8. New York Islanders

9. Ottawa Senators

10. Montreal Canadiens

11. Carolina Hurricanes

12. New York Rangers

13. Atlanta Thrashers

14. Toronto Maple Leafs

15. Florida Panthers

Western conference:

1. San Jose Sharks

2. Vancouver Canucks

3. Detroit Red Wings

4. Chicago Blackhawks

5. Anaheim Ducks

6. Los Angeles Kings

7. Dallas Stars

8. Minnesota Wild

9. Columbus Blue Jackets

10. Colorado Avalanche

11. St. Louis Blues

12. Phoenix Coyotes

13. Edmonton Oilers

14. Nashville Predators

15. Calgary Flames


These are my dark horse picks, so there won’t be the usual names:

Hart: Steven Stamkos

Art Ross: Brad Richards

Vezina: Tuukka Rask 

Norris: Mattias Ohlund

Lady Byng: Marian Gaborik

Calder: Michael Grabner

Jack Adams: Scott Gordon (Islanders coach)

Selke: Jonathan Toews

Masterton: Rick DiPietro 

Norris: Dan Boyle

Rocket Richard: Zach Parise


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