Haggerty's 2015-16 prediction review
Regular season predictions
Atlantic Division winner - Tampa Bay Lightning
Metro Division winner - Washington Capitals
Central Division winner - Chicago Blackhawks
Pacific Division winner - Los Angeles Kings
MY MIDSEASON PREDICTION
I will actually stick with all of my choices from the preseason. I still think that the Tampa Bay Lightning have a mammoth winning stretch in the final few months of the season, and Washington, Chicago and Los Angeles are all living up to my preseason billing.
Team I was most off about
Phoenix Coyotes. Like everybody else I had them in the running for being the worst team in the NHL, and instead they’re right in the thick of a playoff spot out West. I also missed the struggles that the Tampa Bay Lightning would go through in the first four months of the season, but I’m not exactly alone there either.
Tampa Bay over Washington in the Eastern Conference Finals.
Update: I’ll stick with the same two teams standing in the East at the end, but I think the Capitals are going to stomp over everybody in the Eastern Conference bracket. They are big, strong, heavy, skilled and deep with a talented goaltender just moving into his prime, so it’s going to be extremely difficult for anybody to defeat them. So good luck trying, rest of the Eastern Conference.
Kings over Predators in the Western Conference Final
Update: I still have the Kings as one of the finalists, but I’d put the Chicago Blackhawks as the other team making it to the end. This time, though, Los Angeles will get by Chicago in another epic Western Conference final.
Stanley Cup Final prediction - Lightning over the Kings
Update: The winner will still be from the East as the Capitals will win the Cup for the first time over a resurgent Kings club that pushed all the way to the final seven game series.
NHL Award winners
Hart Trophy – Steve Stamkos, Tampa Bay Lightning
Update: Patrick Kane, Chicago Blackhawks
Norris Trophy – Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings
Update: Drew Doughty, Los Angeles Kings.
Calder Trophy – Jack Eichel, Buffalo Sabres
Update: Artemi Panarin, Chicago Blackhawks
Vezina Trophy – Pekka Rinne, Nashville Predators
Update: Braden Holtby, Washington Capitals
Selke Trophy – Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins
Update: Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins