Experts Panel: 2021-22 Season Predictions

Ian Gooding


With the puck about to drop on the 2021-22 season, our writers weigh in on their predictions for both player and team awards and accomplishments. 

Brief observations:

New season, same award winners? Or just a lack of creativity in the picks? The writers strongly favored Connor McDavid for both the Art Ross and Hart again, while Rocket Richard winner Auston Matthews was also heavily favored to win that award again. Meanwhile, Cale Makar is the favorite for his first Norris Trophy, while Connor Hellebuyck is the choice to win his second Vezina Trophy in three seasons.

A wide variety of names show for both player to rebound and player to disappoint. Yet the player who appeared the most often was Patrik Laine, who was picked by three experts to rebound and another to disappoint. Needless to say, hockey fans will be paying a lot of attention to a player who has experienced some major peaks and valleys throughout his career.