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Hockey Daily Dose

Season Predictions

by Michael Finewax
Updated On: October 4, 2018, 4:04 pm ET

 

It's less than 48 hours to the opening faceoff as the 201-19 season is about to begin. There is plenty of excitement in the air as 31 teams think they have a shot at the Stanley Cup (Okay maybe Ottawa fans don't think so but they will stay away from the arena in groves).

 

With that in mind, the Rotoworld Hockey staff have thought long and hard and have come up with their following selections for your amusement.

 

  Michael Ryan Corey Brian
Stanley Cup Winnipeg San Jose San Jose Tampa Bay
Metropolitan Pittsburgh Washington Pittsburgh Pittsburgh
Atlantic Tampa Bay Toronto Tampa Bay Tampa Bay
Central Winnipeg Nashville Nashville Winnipeg
Pacific San Jose San Jose San Jose San Jose
Surprise team Edmonton Buffalo St. Louis Buffalo
Top Fantasy Goalie Braden Holtby Andrei Vasilevskiy Connor Hellebuyck Connor Hellebuyck
Top Fantasy Defenseman Erik Karlsson Erik Karlsson Victor Hedman Victor Hedman
Top Fantasy Forward Connor McDavid Connor McDavid Connor McDavid Brad Marchand
Top Rookie Elias Pettersson Ryan Donato Andrei Svechnikov Elias Pettersson
Penalty Leader Antoine Roussel Tom Wilson Matt Martin Micheal Haley
Biggest Disappointment Marc-Andre Fleury William Karlsson William Karlsson Mathew Barzal
  Gus Joey Daniel Domenico
Stanley Cup Winnipeg Tampa Bay Tampa Bay San Jose
Metropolitan Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Pittsburgh Washington
Atlantic Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Tampa Bay
Central Nashville Nashville Nashville St. Louis
Pacific San Jose San Jose San Jose Vegas
Surprise team Florida Arizona Calgary NY Rangers
Top Fantasy Goalie Martin Jones Andrei Vasilevskiy Andrei Vasilevskiy Andrei Vasilevskiy
Top Fantasy Defenseman Erik Karlsson Erik Karlsson Erik Karlsson Victor Hedman
Top Fantasy Forward Connor McDavid Connor McDavid Brad Marchand Brad Marchand
Top Rookie Elias Pettersson Jesperi Kotkaniemi Andrei Svechnikov Kailer Yamamoto
Penalty Leader Cody McLeod Tom Wilson Tom Wilson Tom Wilson
Biggest Disappointment Milan Lucic Phil Kessel Mathew Barzal Claude Giroux

 

As you can see, the Cup favorites are San Jose and Tampa Bay who each received three votes while two thought that Winnipeg will win and bring the Stanley Cup back to Canada for the first time in 26 years.

 

The consensus divisional winners are Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Nashville and San Jose with Washington and Winnipeg getting two votes, Toronto, St. Louis and Vegas each picking up one.

 

We were all over the place in the surprise team with Buffalo being the only team getting two votes.

 

The top fantasy players will be Andrei Vasilevskiy in goal, Erik Karlsson on the blueline and Connor McDavid at forward.

 

The leader in penalty minutes is slated to be Tom Wilson (even with his upcoming suspension) while the biggest disappointment is also all over the place with Mathew Barzal and William Karlsson garnering a couple of votes apiece.

 

Enjoy!

Michael Finewax

Michael Finewax is entering his 16th season as the Senior Hockey Writer and Editor for Rotoworld. You can follow him on Twitter @mfinewaxhockey.