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NHL Award predictions for 2018-19 season

Mitch Davis, Staff Writer

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Now that the NHL is beginning its preseason games, it’s time to make some predictions about how the season will go. The NHL Awards are one of those events that analysts argue about, and fans look forward to.

Here is who should win:

Stanley Cup (playoff champions): San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks have had an offseason to remember, recently landing the five-time All-Star defenseman Erik Karlsson. The Sharks have arguably the best defensive corps in the league now, but with a healthy Joe Thornton and Martin Jones, this team will be tough to beat.

Presidents Trophy (best overall record): Nashville Predators

The Predators won the President’s Trophy in 2017-18, and they should be able to again. Nashville has some of the best depth ever in their center core, defensive core, and goaltending. They have great wingers as well.

Hart Memorial Trophy (league MVP): Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

Connor McDavid is a rising star. He managed to put up 108 points this past season on a struggling Oilers team, contributing to about 50 percent of their primary scoring. McDavid is just too good.

Ted Lindsay Award (best player as voted by the players): Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

McDavid has won this award for the past two years and there is little doubt that he is going to win it again. Again, McDavid is just too good.

Calder Memorial Trophy (rookie of the year): Elias Pettersson, Vancouver Canucks

If any young player is going to contribute a lot to his team this year, it’s going to be Petterson. This kid is going to be the face of the Canucks for the next decade, so get used to him.

Vezina Trophy (best goaltender): John Gibson, Anaheim Ducks

John Gibson has been the backstop of the Ducks for a while now, and has shown he can be one of the top goalies of the NHL. 2019 is going to be his year.

Art Ross Trophy (most points): Evgeni Malkin, Pittsburgh Penguins

Malkin is getting older, but it seems like every year he gets better. That’ll pay off this year: He is expected to light up the scoreboard consistently, and play well when the Pens need him to.

Frank J. Selke Trophy (best defensive forward): Patrice Bergeron, Boston Bruins

Patrice Bergeron has won this award almost every year since he’s been in the big leagues, and there’s no reason why he wouldn’t win it again. Bergeron is easily the best two-way center in the NHL.

Norris Trophy (best defenseman): Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks

Now that Karlsson plays for a competitive NHL team, he will return to his form from 2016-17, where he was considered by many as the best player in the league. Getting out of Ottawa was tough for him, but his new home will make his play even better.

Lady Byng Trophy (most gentlemanly player) Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers

Barkov was nominated for this award last year, and now that he is the Panthers’ captain, Barkov will need to set more of an example for his team. Barkov is one of the NHL’s quickest rising stars, and Florida never has to worry about him putting the team a man down on special teams.

About the Writer
Mitch Davis, Staff Writer

Mitch Davis is a junior second-year staff writer. He enjoys writing sports columns, music reviews, and watching hockey games. If he’s not complaining about other people’s taste in music, you can find him in the Purb room listening to “Africa” by Toto.

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