Welcome back to The Real Bruins Blog! With the season so close to starting up, I figured that I should share my predictions of the entire league throughout the season as well as the playoffs. I will go through standings, awards, leading scorers, and the rest of it. As well as an in depth prediction on the Bruins roster and who will stand out from the rest.
Starting off with the overall standings. I think the Washington Capitals will win back-to-back President’s Trophies. Here are my full season standing predictions down below:
*P – Presidents’ Trophy Z- Clinched Conference Y- Clinched Division X- Clinched Playoff Spot
- p-Washington Capitals
- z-Pittsburgh Penguins
- z- Dallas Stars
- y- San Jose Sharks
- y- Tampa Bay Lightning
- x- St. Louis Blues
- x- Chicago Blackhawks
- x- Los Angeles Kings
- x- Anaheim Ducks
- x-Florida Panthers
- x- New York Rangers
- x- New York Islanders
- x- Nashville Predators
- x- Minnesota Wild
- x- Detroit Red Wings
- x- Philadelphia Flyers
- Edmonton Oilers
- Boston Bruins
- Carolina Hurricanes
- Montreal Canadiens
- Calgary Flames
- Ottawa Senators
- Colorado Avalanche
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Arizona Coyotes
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Buffalo Sabres
- New Jersey Devils
- Winnipeg Jets
- Vancouver Canucks
One thing with the NHL, is that anyone can make predictions. Someone who is extremely knowledgeable can be completely wrong, and someone can just guess and be right. If you don’t agree with my predictions, then leave your opinions in the comments down below.
Now for the individual player awards after the season. As well as the Stanley Cup Champions. A full playoff bracket will be listed later on in this article.
Calder Trophy: Auston Matthews – Toronto Maple Leafs
Ted Lindsay Award: Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins
GM of The Year: Brian MacLellan – Washington Capitals
Masterton Trophy: Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins
Mark Messier Leadership Award: P.K Subban – Nashville Predators
King Clancy Memorial Trophy: Henrik Sedin (Again) – Vancouver Canucks
NHL Foundation Award: P.K Subban – Nashville Predators
James Norris Trophy: Drew Doughty – Los Angeles Kings
Frank J. Selke Trophy: Patrice Bergeron – Boston Bruins
Jack Adams Award: Barry Trotz – Washington Capitals
Lady Byng Trophy: Loui Eriksson – Vancouver Canucks
Vezina Trophy: Braden Holtby – Washington Capitals
Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby – Pittsburgh Penguins
“Rocket” Richard Trophy: Alex Ovechkin – Washington Capitals
Stanley Cup: Pittsburgh Penguins (Further explanation below)
Some of these awards are really difficult to predict. Such as the NHL Foundation Award or the Mark Messier Leadership Awards because you don’t know who will make an impact on the league like that. The awards/trophies that are used with statistics are easier, although it is still a difficult task.
Now, the playoffs are arguably the most important part to an NHL season. So, let’s get into it. As you have already seen above, I choose my regular season standings as well as the playoffs positions. Below are my official playoff prediction brackets.
In the Eastern conference finals, I think the Pittsburgh Penguins will face the Tampa Bay Lightning. And in the Western conference finals, I think the Dallas Stars will meet the San Jose Sharks.
I personally believe that the Lightning and the Penguins are the best teams in the east and will battle in out in a second straight conference finals. Although, the Penguins will advance to the finals once again in a 7 game series. On the other side, I see the Stars against the Sharks. The Sharks will make the conference finals for the second year in a row, but unlike the Pens, will get eliminated in 7 games to an offensive powerhouse that is Dallas.
When it comes to the Stanley Cup Finals, Pittsburgh would just be too much for Dallas because they have the offensive power like Dallas, but Pittsburgh has a stronger defensive core. If Matt Murray and Marc-Andre Fluery can stand on their heads, then the Penguins will be back-to-back champions in 6 games.
Now let’s backtrack a little bit. I kept the Bruins out of the playoffs simply because I feel like they aren’t good enough to make the playoffs, with the defensive core that we have currently. Like I said in a previous video on YouTube, I said that with the current roster that Boston has, they won’t be in the postseason for the 3 consecutive season. It’s unfortunate news, but I think it will happen. I really hope they prove me wrong and play their hearts out this upcoming year.
Those are my predictions, I hope you guys enjoyed it. If you did enjoy it, make sure to stay tuned to The Real Bruins Blog for more on preseason and regular season and make sure to subscribe to The Real Bruins Blog on YouTube for the best content involving the Boston Bruins, NHL, MMA, and UFC. Stay awesome guys, and I’ll talk to you later.