The gang weighs in on the 2011-12 season, and if it’s anything like our postseason success (as a consensus, the panel is 54-21 in five postseasons), you can take these picks to the bank.



You can see the full breakdown via the link at the bottom.


Eastern Conference – as a group, we take the Capitals to win the East, with Pittsburgh and Boston showing up in the Top 3 of most ballots and Buffalo making its fair share of appearances as well. Oddball pick of the panel goes to Matthew Bugg for deciding that New Jersey will win their division.


Western Conference – as a group, we take the Canucks to win the West, with Vancouver hitting every ballot. Detroit, Los Angeles and Chicago also make appearances. The oddball picks in this one go to Matthew Bugg, Marty Kwiaton and Ryan Ma – not sure which one is more off-the-wall: Bugg putting Calgary in a playoff spot, or Kwiaton/Ma putting Colorado in one.


For the Cup Final, we crown Pittsburgh as king, but this one was actually more of a mixed bag. Washington, Rangers (not a typo), Boston, San Jose, Vancouver (guess who picked them) and Philadelphia all got nods from different panellists.


For the player awards, Evgeni Malkin saw a lot of love – and he takes two of the preseason awards (Hart and Art Ross). Alex Ovechkin, Steven Stamkos also saw lots of love. Gabriel Landeskog took the most votes for the Calder and the Norris went to Nicklas Lidstrom. The panel likes Henrik Lundqvist to take home the Vezina.


You can check out the full Adobe charts right here (pdf).


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Ryan Lenethen said:

Lidstrom Trophy At this point I think people should be picking who OTHER than Lidstrom will win the Norris Trophy. Just picking Lidstrom is lazy!
October 07, 2011
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Jocular Hockey Manager said:

Pens The Pens are an excellent pick. I believe they're overlooked by many. That some have the perception that they're the product of a few stars and that when those stars go down, that they're not even a legitimate playoff team. I was massively impressed last season, when they finished with the second best record in franchise history, while giving up less than 200 goals for only the second time in franchise history (lockout aside). All this without the mojo of Sid or Gino for half a season each.

Now, I think leading the pack by a whisker, and massively hungry, are those Capitals. Great sleepers are without question the Rangers (great defensive club) and the Flyers (some felt the NHLs best blueline last year).

That the panel would pick the Pens. Demonstrates they know what they're talking about. Pens on all cyclinders will be fearful.
October 06, 2011
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Gibert Dionne said:

Sheesh Really surprised and confused by all the love for the Penguins and Malkin shown here. Feels like I am reading Gery Bettman's personal blog. Lets just say I emphatically disagree, but that's what makes predictions fun I guess.
October 06, 2011
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Robert Esquire said:

Does Bugg even know what he's talking about? How can this guy pick the Sabres to be out of the playoffs and at the same time pick Miller to win the Vezina? The two are mutually exclusive.

Therefore I consider all of his predictions to be nonsense.
October 06, 2011
Votes: -1

Austin said:

Calder I am surprised to see so much love for Hodgson!
October 06, 2011
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tim roberts said:

B's get no love! Not even one top seed nod for the defending champs? Pfftt.. smilies/wink.gif ..

October 06, 2011
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