NHL 2014-15 Predictions: First coach fired? Most overhyped team, player?

(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
(Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

Who makes the playoffs? Who misses the playoffs? Who wins the Mark Messier Leadership Award?

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All of these are valid questions. But there are so many more that need answers.

Here are our predictions for everything from overhyped teams and players to the first coach fired this season. The panel: Greg Wyshynski, Puck Daddy editor; Sean Leahy, Puck Daddy editor; Ryan Lambert, Puck Daddy columnist; Jen Neale, Puck Daddy writer; Josh Cooper, Puck Daddy editor; Jen LC, Puck Daddy analytics columnist; Sam McCaig, Yahoo Sports hockey editor; Nick Cotsonika, Yahoo Sports columnist; Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs, Puck Daddy fantasy hockey writer.

And here … we … go.

MOST OVERHYPED TEAM IN 2014-15

Greg Wyshynski: Tampa Bay Lightning

Sean Leahy: Tampa Bay Lightning

Ryan Lambert: Colorado Avalanche

Jen Neale: Pittsburgh Penguins

Josh Cooper: Pittsburgh Penguins

Jen LC: Colorado Avalanche

Sam McCaig: Colorado Avalanche

Nick Cotsonika: Anaheim Ducks

Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs: Dallas Stars

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MOST UNDERHYPED TEAM IN 2014-15 

Greg Wyshynski: Vancouver Canucks

Sean Leahy: New Jersey Devils

Ryan Lambert: New Jersey Devils

Jen Neale: Dallas Stars

Josh Cooper: Washington Capitals

Jen LC: Nashville Predators

Sam McCaig: Washington Capitals

Nick Cotsonika: San Jose Sharks

Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs: New York Islanders

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MOST OVERHYPED PLAYER IN 2014-15

Greg Wyshynski: Jason Spezza

Sean Leahy: Ryan Johansen

Ryan Lambert: Marc-Andre Fleury

Jen Neale: Connor McDavid (not even in league yet and I'm already sick of him)

Josh Cooper: Evgeni Malkin

Jen LC: Brooks Orpik

Sam McCaig: Ryan Miller

Nick Cotsonika: Jarome Iginla

Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs: Steven Stamkos

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(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)
(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

MOST UNDERRATED PLAYER IN 2014-15

Greg Wyshynski: Cory Schneider

Sean Leahy: Loui Eriksson ... OK, Ales Hemsky

Ryan Lambert: Alex Ovechkin

Jen Neale: Antoine Roussel

Josh Cooper: Oliver Ekman-Larsson

Jen LC: Mark Giordano

Sam McCaig: Loui Eriksson (all-time underrated champion returns to take back his title)

Nick Cotsonika: Paul Stastny

Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs: Jaroslav Halak

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FIRST COACH FIRED

Greg Wyshynski: Paul MacLean

Sean Leahy: Randy Carlyle

Ryan Lambert: Randy Carlyle

Jen Neale: Paul MacLean

Josh Cooper: Todd McLellan

Jen LC: Peter DeBoer

Sam McCaig: Randy Carlyle

Nick Cotsonika: Randy Carlyle

Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs: Craig Berube

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PLAYER WITH THE MOST GAMES SUSPENDED

Greg Wyshynski: Zac Rinaldo

Sean Leahy: Zac Rinaldo

Ryan Lambert: Zack Kassian

Jen Neale: John Scott

Josh Cooper: Rich Clune

Jen LC: Zac Rinaldo

Sam McCaig: Zac Rinaldo

Nick Cotsonika: Zack Kassian

Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs: Steve Downie

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BIGGEST SUMMER 2014 FREE-AGENT BUST

Greg Wyshynski: Matt Niskanen

Sean Leahy: Deryk Engelland

Ryan Lambert: Brooks Orpik

Jen Neale: Clayton Stoner

Josh Cooper: Thomas Vanek

Jen LC: Dave Bolland

Sam McCaig: Ryan Miller

Nick Cotsonika: Brooks Orpik

Darryl “Dobber” Dobbs: Matt Niskanen