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.

Here goes:

Predicted top 2 scorers by team:

WEST

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)

EAST

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)

Bondra

Selanne

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….

WEST

Iginla

Sakic

Hejduk

Tanguay

Nash

Modano

Datsyuk

Demitra

Gaborik

Walker

Marleau

Tkachuk

Naslund

EAST

Kovalchuk

Heatley

Thornton

Stumpel

Kovalev

Elias

Satan

Jagr

Hossa

Forsberg

Gagne

Palffy

Crosby?

Lecavalier

St. Louis

Sundin

O’neill

Ovechkin?

UFA

Lemieux

Selanne

Top 8 from each Conference(no particular order):

WEST

Iggy

Sakic

Hejduk

Nash

Datsyuk

Demitra

Marleau

Naslund

EAST

Kovalchuk

Heatley

Jagr

Hossa

Forsberg

Gagne

Palffy

Lecavalier/St. Louis (can’t decide)

UFA

Lemieux

Now top 10 (not in order)

Iginla

Hejduk

Kovalchuk

Heatley

Nash

Datsyuk

Naslund

Forsberg

Lecavalier/St. Louis

Lemieux

Here’s how I rank these 10 players this year

1. Lemieux

2. Iginla

3. Naslund

4. Forsberg

5. Lecavalier/St. Louis

6. Hejduk

7. Kovalchuk

8. Datsyuk

9. Heatley

10. Nash

Heheheheh… can’t wait to hear your comments on this one!

Freak out.