Fearlessly, predictions

With the start of the NHL 2006-07 season less than a week away (Thank God), I figure it's time to produce some prognostications for the upcoming campaign:

Eastern Conference
Division winners

Atlantic: New York Rangers
Northeast: Buffalo Sabres
Southeast: Carolina Hurricanes

Making the playoffs: Boston Bruins, Montreal Canadiens, New Jersey Devils, Ottawa Senators and the Tampa Bay Lightning
Just missing: Philadelphia Flyers

Western Conference
Division winners

Central: Nashville Predators
Northwest: Calgary Flames
Pacific: San Jose Sharks

Making the playoffs: Anaheim Ducks, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Minnesota Wild and the Vancouver Canucks
Just missing: Edmonton Oilers

Presidents' Trophy: Sharks, with 127 points

NHL playoffs
Eastern Conference champion: Rangers, beating Sabres in 7 games
Western Conference champion: Sharks, beating Red Wings in 6 games
Stanley Cup champion: San Jose Sharks in 5 games

Individual honors
Art Ross Trophy (top point scorer): Alexander Ovechkin, Washington Capitals, 119 points
Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy (perseverance and sportsmanship): Jeremy Roenick, Phoenix Coyotes
Calder Memorial Trophy (top rookie): Gilbert Brule, Columbus Blue Jackets
Conn Smythe Trophy (playoff MVP): Joe Thornton, San Jose Sharks
Frank J. Selke Trophy (defensive forward): Mike Fisher, Ottawa Senators
Hart Memorial Trophy (league MVP): Alexander Ovechkin
Jack Adams Award (top coach): Ron Wilson, San Jose Sharks
James Norris Memorial Trophy (top defenseman): Zdeno Chara, Boston Bruins
King Clancy Memorial Trophy (leadership and humanitarian efforts): Jarome Iginla, Calgary Flames
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (gentlemanly conduct): Brad Richards, Tampa Bay Lightning
Lester B. Pearson Award (players' MVP): Joe Thornton
Maurice Richard Trophy (most regular-season goals): Alexander Ovechkin, 58 goals
Vezina Trophy (top goalie): Ryan Miller, Buffalo Sabres
William M. Jennings Trophy (fewest goals scored against): Ryan Miller and Martin Biron, Buffalo Sabres


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