Revisiting the Magic 8-Ball

As we pause for breath between the 1st and 2nd round of NHL playoffs (pending Game 7 tonight between Dallas and Vancouver), I wanted to check back on my regular season predictions, and see how things panned out:

Division Winners: I went with the NY Rangers (Atlantic), Ottawa Senators (Northeast), Carolina Hurricanes (Southeast), Nashville Predators (Central), Calgary Flames (Northwest), and Anaheim Ducks (Pacific). Yikes, only 1 for 6 there, and the Hurricanes even failed to make the playoffs. Not off to a good start, I guess...

Regular Season Awards: While the voting-driven ones obviously aren't in yet, there are others that have been decided...

  • President's Trophy - I went with Carolina (ugh, it went to Buffalo)

  • Art Ross (overall scoring) - Jaromir Jagr (double-ugh, that went to Sid Crosby)

  • Maurice Richard (goal scoring) - Jagr again (triple-ugh! Vincent Lecavalier won this)

  • William Jennings (fewest goals against) - I went with Hasek/Osgood in Detroit, but Backstrom/Fernandez took it for Minnesota
Extra Predictions:

  • First coach to be fired - I picked Trent Yawney in Chicago, and he didn't make it far, but Ken Hitchcock was the first to walk the plank this season.

  • Most Improved Team - I picked St. Louis, and they did well, racking up a second-best 24 points more this season than in 2005-6, but the Pittsburgh Penguins improved by 47 to make their first playoff appearance of the Crosby Era.

  • Most Disappointing Team - I went with Tampa Bay, but I think all would agree that the Philadelphia Flyers laid the biggest stinker this year. They dropped by 45 points in the standings from 2005-6.

  • Most Improved Player: I expected Alex Tanguay to really break out in Calgary, and while he had a good year, I'll leave it to others to make the call on this one. One candidate might be Andrew Brunette, who took a big step forward and became a point-a-game man for Colorado.

  • Comeback Player: I thought Sergei Fedorov would prosper in Columbus, but that just didn't happen. Any guesses from the Peanut Gallery as to who sprang back into prominence this year?

  • "Don't Come Back" Player: I wondered why Jeremy Roenick was still playing, and by now, Coyote fans probably agree. At least I nailed that one...
Coming up soon, I'll revisit the Shot Quality-driven 1st round playoff picks I made a couple weeks back.

Log In Sign Up

Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.

Join On the Forecheck

You must be a member of On the Forecheck to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at On the Forecheck. You should read them.




Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.