Dynasty Hockey League

Season 34 – Fearless Predictions

League East West
Forwards 71.63 72.09 71.18
Defense 72.30 72.17 72.43
Goalies 72.85 73.70 72.00
OV 71.96 72.28 71.64

For reference, here are the averages by category but several teams have ongoing cap issues that will likely cause these to change.

As always, my opinion and $2 will get you a medium coffee at Tim Horton’s so please take this for it’s worth and if I get one thing right I consider it all to be successful. So away we go:

Playoff teams – Eastern Conference: Buffalo, Florida, Montreal, New Jersey, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, Tampa Bay, Toronto (correct on 7 of 8 last season)

Playoff teams – Western Conference: Calgary, Colorado, Dallas, Detroit, Minnesota, San Jose, St. Louis, Vancouver (correct on 6 of 8 last season)

Hart: Kirill Kaprizov

Norris: Cale Makar (only award winner correct last season was for the Norris)

Calder: Moritz Seider (should be a shoe in)

Vezina: Igor Shesterkin

Conn Smythe: Jakob Markstrom

Player most likely to be traded: Oliver Ekman-Larsson (same choice as last season and was wrong)

Player least likely to be traded: Chris Kreider (same team as last season and was correct)

Eastern Conference Finalists: Philadelphia vs New Jersey

The East is deep this year with 11 teams capable of making the playoffs but when the dust settles, my money is on a Philadelphia vs New Jersey final. Both of these teams are balanced enough to win the East but I always bet on stronger defense and goaltending. As such, I’m picking Philadelphia to come out of the East.

Western Conference Finalists: Calgary vs Dallas

These are the two deepest and top-rated teams on paper in the West and I like their respective chances of reaching the Conference finals. Dallas is superior in every aspect except goaltending but I don’t believe they overcome the limitations of Jonathan Quick to beat Calgary. It will be a close series, but this should be Calgary’s year to move on.

Finals: Philadelphia vs Calgary

Although the East has produced the DHL champion in 7 of the past 8 seasons and is the stronger conference this season, I’m going to bet on the law of averages righting itself this season with Calgary beating Philadelphia in a very tight series.

Season 34 champion: Calgary

Good luck to all.

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