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Staff Predictions

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There are only two weeks left in the regular season and the Bruins could be resting some of their stars …

With the 2013-14 campaign about to start, this is the perfect time for us to make some bold predictions about the coming season.

As we’ve done in the past, we’ve singled out our preseason trophy picks, our Stanley Cup Final predictions, and the players we think will have the biggest fantasy impact.  We’ve also thrown in some oddball predictions to spice things up.

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Ryan Dadoun

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy: Alex Ovechkin

Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist

Calder Trophy: Aleksander Barkov

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Kris Letang

PIM Leader: Antoine Roussel

Best Fantasy Forward: Sidney Crosby

Best Fantasy Defenseman: Kris Letang

Best Fantasy Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist

Best Sleeper: Mike Green

Most likely to disappoint: Sergei Bobrovsky

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14:  Jonas Hiller

Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The St. Louis Blues defeat the New York Rangers in five games.

Three Oddball Predictions:

1. The Detroit Red Wings will go from the fourth most disciplined team in the NHL (rated by total penalty minutes), to one of the top 10 most penalized teams now that they are in the Atlantic Division.

2. The New Jersey Devils ranked 28th in goals per game last season.  They will improve on that despite losing Ilya Kovalchuk, but they will still miss the playoffs.

3. The gold medal game in the 2014 Winter Olympics will not involve Canada, the United States, or Russia.

Kevin A. Brown

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist

Calder Trophy: Seth Jones

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Erik Karlsson

PIM Leader: Zenon Konopka

Best Fantasy Forward: Steve Stamkos

Best Fantasy Defenseman: P.K. Subban

Best Fantasy Goalie: Tuukka Rask

Best Sleeper: Mikhail Grabovski

Most likely to disappoint: John Tavares

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14:  Braden Holtby

 Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The Los Angeles Kings defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins in seven games.

Three Oddball Predictions:

1. Daniel Alfredsson may have fled for Detroit in order to win a Stanley Cup, but Ottawa will make it further in the playoffs than the Red Wings will.

2. The departed Mikhail Grabovski will record more points than both Tyler Bozak and David Clarkson combined.

3. Marc-Andre Fleury will lead the NHL in wins despite recording a save percentage below .905.

Brian Rosenbaum

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy: Steve Stamkos

Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask

Calder Trophy: Valeri Nichushkin

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Kris Letang

PIM Leader: Radko Gudas

Best Fantasy Forward: Sidney Crosby

Best Fantasy Defenseman: Kris Letang

Best Fantasy Goalie: Tuukka Rask

Best Sleeper: Mikkel Boedker

Most likely to disappoint: Jiri Tlusty

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14: Karri Ramo

Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The Washington Capitals defeat the San Jose Sharks six games.

Three Oddball Predictions:

1. Corey Perry's and Ryan Getzlaf's combined points will be within 50 points of all other Anaheim Ducks' forwards added together.

2. Tuukka Rask will have more shutouts than Karri Ramo will have wins.

3. Sami Vatanen will outscore highly-touted Seth Jones.

James O'Brien

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy: Steve Stamkos

Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist

Calder Trophy: Mark Scheifele

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Erik Karlsson

PIM Leader: Zenon Konopka

Best Fantasy Forward: Alex Ovechkin

Best Fantasy Defenseman: Erik Karlsson

Best Fantasy Goalie: Henrik Lundqvist

Best Sleeper: Steve Downie

Most likely to disappoint: Sergei Bobrovsky

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14: Steve Mason

Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The St. Louis Blues defeat the New York Rangers in six games.

Three Oddball Predictions:

1. A significant player will get injured during the 2014 Winter Olympics, altering the playoff picture in the process (much like Dominik Hasek in 2006).

2. Evander Kane will be the most valuable player fantasy-wise named Kane (not Patrick) next season.

3. Jarome Iginla will have a better season with David Krejci and Milan Lucic than Nathan Horton ever did.

Antti Makinen

Hart Trophy: Sidney Crosby

Rocket Richard Trophy: Steve Stamkos

Vezina Trophy: Tuukka Rask

Calder Trophy: Aleksander Barkov

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Kris Letang

PIM Leader: Colton Orr

Best Fantasy Forward: Steve Stamkos

Best Fantasy Defenseman: Erik Karlsson

Best Fantasy Goalie: Tuukka Rask

Best Sleeper: Mikkel Boedker

Most likely to disappoint: Phil Kessel

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-2014: Jonas Hiller

Result of the Stanley Cup final: The Pittsburgh Penguins defeat the Chicago Blackhawks in six games.

Three oddball predictions:

1. The Columbus Blue Jackets will make it to the playoffs.

2. The Washington Capitals won't make it to the playoffs.

3. The Philadelphia Flyers will have a solid goaltender whole season.

 Jimmy Hascup

Hart Trophy: John Tavares

Rocket Richard Trophy: Steve Stamkos

Vezina Trophy: Henrik Lundqvist

Calder Trophy: Tomas Hertl

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Erik Karlsson

PIM Leader: Chris Neil

Best Fantasy Forward: Steve Stamkos

Best Fantasy Defenseman: P.K. Subban

Best Fantasy Goalie: Jonathan Quick

Best Sleeper: Brayden Schenn

Most likely to disappoint: Sergei Bobrovsky

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14: Martin Brodeur

Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The Detroit Red Wings defeat the St. Louis Blues in six games.

Three Oddball Predictions:

1. John Tortorella becomes a media darling in Vancouver.

2. Martin Brodeur admits he just doesn't have it, passes the torch himself to Corey Schneider.

3. During Olympics, one NHL star goes down with season-ending injury that drastically impacts playoff race.

Corey Abbott:

Hart Trophy: Steve Stamkos

Rocket Richard Trophy: Steve Stamkos

Vezina Trophy: Jonathan Quick

Calder Trophy: Aleksander Barkov

Art Ross Trophy: Sidney Crosby

James Norris Trophy: Alex Pietrangelo

PIM Leader: Colton Orr

Best Fantasy Forward: Steve Stamkos

Best Fantasy Defenseman: P.K. Subban

Best Fantasy Goalie: Tuukka Rask

Best Sleeper: Brent Burns

Most likely to disappoint: Nathan Horton

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14: Steve Mason
 
Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The Los Angeles Kings defeat Pittsburgh Penguins in six games.

Three Oddball Predictions:

1. Tyler Seguin will outscore trade counterpart Loui Eriksson, who will be Boston's leading point producer, this season.

2. New York Islanders' Matt Martin and Cal Clutterbuck will combine to surpass 800 hits this year.

3. Taylor Hall, Evander Kane, Logan Couture and Jamie Benn will enjoy breakout years and enhance their growing fantasy worth.

Michael Finewax

Hart: Steve Stamkos

Richard: Steve Stamkos

Vezina: Henrik Lundqvist

Calder: Aleksander Barkov

Art Ross: Sidney Crosby

Norris: Erik Karlsson

PIM: Zenon Konopka

Best Fantasy Forward: Steve Stamkos

Defenseman: Mike Green

Goaltender: Henrik Lundqvist

Sleeper: Brad Richards

Biggest Disappointment: Joe Thornton

Goalie most likely to lose his starting job in 2013-14: James Reimer

Result of the Stanley Cup Final: The Boston Bruins defeat the Los Angeles Kings in six games.

Three Oddball Predictions:

1. They'll have trouble with the ice for the Winter Classic because of the warm weather conditions, putting the game in peril.

2. Ilya Bryzgalov will find a job in the NHL, but will not be a good quote.

3. Russia will not win the gold medal in the Olympics.  Alex Ovechkin will be distraught once again and have a poor second half.

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