So to get the season started I figured that I would throw out some early prediction on NHL Awards and Team final standings. At the end of the season I will go back and revisit the sellections and stee how many...if any I managed to get right. Sure, a lot of things have to go right and injuries will play a role as well. It will be interesting to see if having the Olympics this year affects things either positivly or negativly. Hopefully only for the positive or there may be very few players playing in the next one - except of course for the Russians.
Hart Memorial Trophy, MVP - Alexander Ovechkin, Washington.
Vezina Trophy, goaltender - Roberto Luongo, Vancouver.
James Norris Memorial Trophy, defenseman - Zdeno Chara, Boston.
Calder Memorial Trophy, rookie - Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay.
Frank J. Selke Trophy, defensive forward - Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit.
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, most gentlemanly - Pavel Datsyuk, Detroit.
Jack Adams Award, coach - Rick Tochett, Tampa Bay.
King Clancy Trophy, humanitarian contribution to hockey - Mike Fisher, Ottawa.
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, perserverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey - Paul Kariya, St. Louis .
Mark Messier NHL Leadership Award - Mike Richards, Philadelphia.
Art Ross Trophy, points scoring leader - Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh.
Maurice Richard Trophy, goal-scoring leader - Alexander Ovechkin, Washington.
William M. Jennings Trophy, goalies with fewest goals against, minimum 25 games -Roberto Luongo, Andrew Raycroft
Lester B. Pearson Award, outstanding player - Alexander Ovechkin, Washington
Number of 50 goal Scorers -3
Number of players with 100+ points -7
Olympics: Gold- Russia, Silver- Canada, Bronze- Sweden
Eastern Playoff Teams: Washington, Boston, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Carolina, New Jersey, Tampa Bay, Ottawa
Western Playoff Teams: Chicago, Detroit, San Jose, Calgary, Vancouver, St. Louis, Los Angeles
EAST: BOSTON - Philadelphia - Washington
West: RED WINGS - CANUCKS - SHARKS
Stanley Cup Showdown: Canucks - Philadelphia
Stanley Cup Champions - Philadelphia