You get a prediction, you get a prediction, everyone gets a prediction!  With the World Cup of Hockey in full swing, training camp looming, and the NHL season less than a month away, I’ve decided to fire up the blog again and give you all a reason to make fun of me by the time June rolls around.  Without further ado, I give you my 2016-2017 predictions.

Central Division

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Pekka Rinne will play a major role in the Preds cup chances this upcoming season. Photo Credit to xnsports
  1. Nashville Predators
  2. Chicago Blackhawks
  3. St. Louis Blues
  4. Dallas Stars(WC)
  5. Minnesota Wild(WC)

Pacific Division

  1. Anaheim Ducks
  2. San Jose Sharks
  3. Edmonton Oilers

Atlantic Division

  1. Florida Panthers
  2. Tampa Bay Lightning
  3. Montreal Canadiens
  4. Boston Bruins(WC)

Metropolitan Division 

  1. Pittsburgh Penguins
  2. Washington Capitals
  3. New York Rangers
  4. New York Islanders(WC)

Presidents Trophy Winner:  Nashville Predators

Eastern Conference Final:  Florida Panthers vs. Pittsburgh Penguins

Western Conference Final:  Nashville Predators vs. Chicago Blackhawks

Stanley Cup Final:  Nashville Predators vs. Florida Panthers

Stanley Cup Champion: The Florida Panthers

Now it’s time for some individual award winners.  I went ahead and listed the top three for each award with my predicted winner in bold.

Hart Trophy:  Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Connor McDavid

Rocket Richard:  Alex Ovechkin, Patrick Kane, Vladimir Tarasenko

Norris Trophy:  PK Subban, Drew Doughty, Erik Karlsson

Vezina Trophy:  Corey Crawford, Carey Price, Roberto Loungo

Selke Trophy:  Johnathan Toews, Anze Kopitar, Patrice Bergeron,

Calder Trophy:  Auston Matthews, Patrik Laine, Dylan Strome

Ted Lindsay:  Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Jamie Benn

Art Ross:  Sidney Crosby, Patrick Kane, Connor McDavid

Sidney Crosby cleans up at the NHL awards and the Florida Panthers will be hoisting the cup come June.  At least one of those doesn’t make me sound crazy.  Yes, I picked Florida to win the Stanley Cup, sue me.  Dale Tallon and company have done a tremendous job building that team.  They remind me of another Dale Tallon built team, *cough* the Blackhawks *cough*.  They have a perfect blend of youth and experience and experienced youth.  Last year most of those guys got their first taste of playoff hockey and John Tavares and the Islanders punched them in the mouth.  That won’t happen again this year.  We’ll see who’s laughing once June rolls around.  Be sure to follow The Hockey prophet on Facebook, Twitter, and the twitter for people who can’t read, Instagram.  That’s all for now but stay tuned as I attempt to do a preview of all thirty teams before the season starts.

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