With the puck about to drop on the 2019-20 season, our writers weigh in on their predictions for both player and team awards and accomplishments.
Let's start with the players:
Connor McDavid’s speculated long recovery from his knee injury in April wasn’t enough to concern the panel, as he was the clear consensus projected winner of both the Art Ross Trophy and Hart Trophy.
The panel also believes in Andrei Vasilevskiy as the clear number one goalie, along with Shayne Gostisbehere as the player most likely to rebound. There was less consensus among the other picks, as you can see.
An interesting observation: Jack Hughes was a popular choice both for the Calder Trophy and for the player most likely to disappoint. This reflects the uncertainty that many rookies have, even ones as highly regarded as Hughes.
Now the teams:
This season should be a highly competitive one with lots of teams in the mix. Only one team (Tampa Bay) was the sole winner in its division, and it wasn't unanimous by any means, with Toronto receiving plenty of votes. Tampa was also chosen to complete the task that it could not last season, which is win the Stanley Cup. The most popular pick to face them in the Stanley Cup Final is Vegas, who would already be making their second Stanley Cup Final appearance in just three NHL seasons!
Agree? Disagree? Comments?
About the panel:
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