Art Ross Trophy Predictions
The Freakshow here, with my predictions on how I see the scoring title coming about this year.
With all the player movement and rule changes, it’s going to be an exciting year. Hopefully the officials hold up their end of the bargain and call the obstruction penalties like they’ve been promising for the past, what, 5 years? The “no red line” rule is going to be HUGE for scoring more goals (poor defensemen). AND, with the smaller goaltending equipment, I’m liking the Grant Fuhr/Marty Brodeur type of reaction goalie which there aren’t a lot of anymore compared to the plethora of butterfly, positional goalies out there.
Yep, I’m thinking of investing in red light bulbs this year.
Predicted top 2 scorers by team:
Anaheim- Fedorov, Sykora
Calgary- Iggy, Amonte/Langkow (not sure)
Chicago- Daze, Ruutuu??? (I honestly have no idea)
Colorado- Hejduk, Sakic/Tanguay (pick one)
Columbus- Nash, Zherdev? (is he gonna break out?)
Dallas- Modano, Guerin
Detroit- Datsyuk(RFA), Zetterberg(RFA)/Lang
Edmonton- Peca?/Smyth?/Dvorak?/Rocky Thompson? (Wow do the oilers ever look brutal this year… I’m thinking Pronger may lead this team in scoring)
LA- Demitra, Roenick/Frolov
Minnesota- Gaborik, Daigle (I know, laugh it up.. I think the way he played last year he’s gonna light it up this year)
Nashville- Kariya, Walker
Phoenix- Doan, Nedved/Comrie/Hull/Johnson (this team might surprise a lot of people.
San Jose- Marleau, Sturm/Dimitrakos
St. Louis- Tkachuk, Weight/Boguniecki
Vancouver- Naslund, Bertuzzi/Morrison (I’m really curious to see if Bertuzzi comes back as the banging & crashing SOB as he used to be or if he comes back as a ***** playmaker scared to hurt anyone again)
Atlanta- Kovulchuk(RFA), Heatley(RFA)
Boston- Thornton, Murray/Zhamnov??
Buffalo- Drury, Afinogenov?? (Buffalo’s team blows)
Carolina- Whitney, Brindamour/Brendl??
Florida- Stumpel, Huselius
Montreal- Kovalev, Koivu/Dagenais
New Jersey- Mogilny, Elias(RFA)/Gomez
NYI- Satan, Yashin/Kvasha
NYR- Jagr, Straka
Ottawa- Hossa(RFA), Alfredsson/Spezza
Philadelphia- Forsberg, Gagne
Pittsburgh- Palffy, Recchi/Koltsov (maybe Crosby?)
Tampa Bay- Lecavalier, St. Louis(RFA)
Toronto- Sundin, O-Neill, Nolan(HAHAHAHAHA)/Lindros(HAHAHAHAHA)/Allison(HAHAHAHAHA) …man does Toronto ever suck this year
Washinton- Ovechkin?/Zalesak? (Not a clue)
Unrestricted Free Agents
Lemieux (will obviously play for Pittsburgh, but hasn’t officially signed yet)
Okay, now I’m going to try and look at these players and seriously eliminate any players that I honestly feel won’t make it to the elite numbers this year….
Top 8 from each Conference(no particular order):
Lecavalier/St. Louis (can’t decide)
Now top 10 (not in order)
Here’s how I rank these 10 players this year
5. Lecavalier/St. Louis
Heheheheh… can’t wait to hear your comments on this one!