I’ve had this blog for almost a year now, which means we’ve come to the point where a post becomes annual. This is the yearly post where I make BOLD predictions about what will happen in the coming NHL season.
Now as an aside. If the Leafs are all you care about and the rest of the league doesn’t matter, you can just read this thing I wrote the other day previewing the Leafs upcoming season. Otherwise, keep reading. Or read both, I don’t care. (Yes I do, please read both, help my self-esteem).
Last years post went okay. I said Detroit, Minnesota and Anaheim would miss the playoffs (in fact I had Anaheim at the bottom of the West. Yikes). And I also had Montreal missing (also at the bottom of the East, whoops).
But, I did make some good ones. Like predicting Bobrovsky would make Columbus an above .500 team. Or that Florida, Buffalo, New Jersey, and Winnipeg would all be terrible.
Predictions are usually hit and miss, especially with the parity that NHL hockey brings. But it’s also fun to see how you believe a season to play out only to watch that prediction come spiralling down.
And although I wasn’t perfect, neither were my esteemed colleagues. Did Edmonton win their division, Lucas? Did Gabriel Landeskog lead the Avalanche to the playoffs with a point per game season, Steve? Did Sam become Mrs. Taylor Hall? The answer to these questions is no. But that’s the nature of predictions, sometimes you just look foolish. Especially if you predict an engagement to someone you have never met.
So with that in mind, it’s time to look like an idiot once again. Here are 20 predictions about the 2013-2014 season.