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    2021-22 NHL Division, Award, and Playoff Predictions

    Oct 10- 9 min read

    Who doesn’t love some pre-season NHL predictions? Some are bold, some are chalk, but here are my predictions for the 2021-22 Division Standings, NHL Awards, and Stanley Cup Playoffs!

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    Atlantic Division Predicted Standings

    1. Florida Panthers
    2. Tampa Bay Lightning
    3. Toronto Maple Leafs
    4. Boston Bruins*
    5. Ottawa Senators
    6. Montreal Canadiens
    7. Detroit Red Wings
    8. Buffalo Sabres


    Metropolitan Division Predicted Standings

    1. Carolina Hurricanes
    2. New York Islanders
    3. New York Rangers
    4. Philadelphia Flyers*
    5. Washington Capitals
    6. New Jersey Devils
    7. Pittsburgh Penguins
    8. Columbus Blue Jackets

    Central Division Predicted Standings

    1. Colorado Avalanche
    2. Dallas Stars
    3. Winnipeg Jets
    4. Minnesota Wild*
    5. Chicago Blackhawks*
    6. St. Louis Blues
    7. Nashville Predators
    8. Arizona Coyotes

    Pacific Division Predicted Standings

    1. Vegas Golden Knights
    2. Vancouver Canucks
    3. Edmonton Oilers
    4. Los Angeles Kings
    5. Seattle Kraken
    6. Calgary Flames
    7. Anaheim Ducks
    8. San Jose Sharks


    Presidents Trophy

    1st: Vegas Golden Knights
    2nd: Colorado Avalanche
    3rd: Carolina Hurricanes

    • Golden Knights’ weak division allows them to rack up points on route to a President’s Trophy


    Hart Memorial Trophy: Most Valuable Player

    Finalist: Connor McDavid
    Finalist: Nathan MacKinnon
    Finalist: Auston Matthews

    Winner: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

    • The clear most valuable player in the NHL wins another MVP award


    Ted Lindsay Award: Most Outstanding Player

    Finalist: Connor McDavid
    Finalist: Nathan MacKinnon
    Finalist: Leon Draisaitl

    Winner: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

    • Nathan Mackinnon has a career-best season and is given the player’s MVP award


    Norris Trophy: Best Defenseman in the NHL

    Finalist: Dougie Hamilton
    Finalist: Cale Makar
    Finalist: Victor Hedman

    Winner: Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning

    • A close race between these three all season, Hedman’s commitment to his own zone is the tie breaker for the Norris win.


    Vezina Trophy: Best Goalie in the NHL

    Finalist: Andrei Vasilevskiy
    Finalist: Connor Hellebuyck
    Finalist: Thatcher Demko

    WinnerConnor Hellebuyck, Winnipeg Jets

    • Demko a surprise finalist, but Hellebuyck grabs another Vezina for his mantel.


    Art Ross Trophy: Most Points in the NHL

    1st: Connor McDavid, 139
    2nd: Nathan Mackinnon, 118
    3rd: Leon Draisaitl, 117

    • McDavid wins the Art Ross by 20 points despite a great showing from MacKinnon


    Rocket Richard Trophy: Most Goals in the NHL

    1st: Auston Matthews, 60 Goals
    2nd: Leon Draisaitl, 53 Goals
    3rd: Nathan Mackinnon, 52 Goals
    4th: Kirill Kaprizov/Kyle Connor 47 Goals

    • 60 goals from the best goal scorer in the NHL clinches a Rocket Richard Trophy for the Toronto superstar


    Selke Trophy: Best Defensive Forward in the NHL

    Finalist: Patrice Bergeron
    Finalist: Alexsander Barkov
    Finalist: Sean Couturier

    Winner: Sean Couturier, Philadelphia Flyers

    • Consistently underrated on both sides of the puck, Couturier wins a Selke over perennial contenders Barkov and Bergeron


    Lady Byng Trophy: Sportsmanship Award

    Finalist: Anze Kopitar
    Finalist: Ryan O’Reilly
    Finalist: Alexsander Barkov

    Winner: Alexsander Barkov, Florida Panthers

    • Barkov wins a second Lady Byng in a row with minimal penalty minutes and a 90 point season


    William Jennings Trophy

    Winner: Thatcher Demko & Jaroslav Halak

    • Halak supports Demko to a league minimum in goals allowed for the Canucks (somewhat concerned about Tyler Myers for this take)


    Mark Messier Leadership Award

    Finalist: Mark Stone, Vegas Golden Knights
    Finalist: Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets
    Finalist: John Tavares, Toronto Maple Leafs

    Winner: Blake Wheeler, Winnipeg Jets

    • Three great leaders, the winner is on team that outperforms expectations, and that’s Wheeler and the Jets


    Jack Adams NHL Coach of the Year Award

    Finalist: Dean Evason, Minnesota Wild
    Finalist: Gerald Gallant, New York Rangers
    Finalist: Peter DeBoer, Vegas Golden Knights

    WinnerGerard Gallant, New York Rangers

    • Players-coach Gerard Gallant brings the Rangers to the playoffs and is rewarded with a Jack Adams


    Jim Gregory NHL GM of the Year

    Finalist: Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings
    Finalist: Bill Guerin, Minnesota Wild
    Finalist: Bill Zito, Florida Panthers

    Winner: Steve Yzerman, Detroit Red Wings

    • Stevie Y and the Yzerplan is given a GM of the Year award as voted on by the 32 general manager as they’re all scared to trade with him


    Prince of Wales Trophy – Eastern Conference Champion

    Runner Up: Florida Panthers
    Winner: Carolina Hurricanes

    • Hurricanes win a Game 7 OT thriller over the Panthers to advance to the Stanley Cup final


    Clarence Campbell Bowl – Western Conference Champion

    Runner Up: Vegas Golden Knights
    : Colorado Avalanche

    • Avalanche realize potential and topple Knights to reach the final


    Stanley Cup Champion

    Runner Up: Carolina Hurricanes
    ChampionColorado Avalanche

    • Avalanche overpower the Hurricanes to clinch 3rd Stanley Cup in Franchise history, and first championship since 2001


    Conn Smythe Trophy

    WinnerNathan Mackinnon, Colorado Avalanche

    • Mackinnon racks up 30 playoff points to win the Conn Smythe over Kuemper and Aho


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