NHL season: a clean slate and a clean slate offers plenty of opportunities to drink hot. Of course, hotshots are of all varieties and temperatures, some more vivid and spicy than others. Fortunately, we have advanced and prepared a set of 12 predictions for you before the 2019-2020 NHL season, with shots ranging from light to very hot. The Los Angeles Kings are one of the biggest sellers of the deadline: I think the Kings will become the worst team in the Western Conference this season and that could be a bit of context. Some elements might be very sensitive to meet the deadline, the most obvious being Tyler Toffoli, who is about to reach an agreement. But if Kings really want to unload coins and start accumulating future assets, it makes sense to trade Ilya Kovalchuk, Alec Martinez and maybe more.
NHL, Cale Makar is the best rookie in the league, but the Calder does not win: if you’ve seen college hockey in recent years, you’ll know that Cale Makar is the real deal. Damn, if you saw the playoff avalanche last year, you’ll know it’s the real deal. On his way to his first full season in Colorado, Makar is poised to take a big spot on the blue line, especially after Tyson Barrie’s departure. It will be great for the drivers in their rookie campaign, but they will lose to the Calder against a younger attacker with sexier offensive numbers.
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Zdeno Chara withdraws after this season: Chara is 42 years old and last year we saw him start looking at his age on points. He has signed a one-year team-friendly contract to stay with the Bruins this season, but that may be the last woe. Charlie McAvoy and Brandon Carlo have taken the back of Boston and Chara will retire from the game after finishing one last race this year.
Nathan MacKinnon wins the Hart Trophy: at this point, Connor McDavid could be the only center I put in front of Nathan MacKinnon in terms of explosive ability. The leader of the avs in the lead has reached a stage in the category of elites in recent years, playing in one of the most dynamic and dangerous lines of the league. Now, with Avalanche as true contenders in the West, I’m looking for MacKinnon to find that extra team, breaking the mark of the century for the first time in his career and being named the league’s most valuable player.
NHL, The Maple Leafs have finally won a series of playoffs: As a Bruins fan, who does not apologize, it hurts me to say it, but it could be the year. With Auston Matthews, John Tavares, Mitch Marner, a full season of William Nylander seemingly revitalized and a less problematic defensive group (a bit), the Leafs seem again very dangerous. It should be an aerial fight and it seems inevitable that the Leafs and Bruins are still in the first round of the playoffs this year, but I think Toronto finishes ahead of Boston and secures the home ice … and that could mark the start of the difference
The Blues will end up in a wild card position: although I hope the two Stanley Cup finalists come back a little bit back this year, I think the fall could be more pronounced for the Blues considering the points. interrogation surrounding the club. They started slowly last season and, although I do not expect them to return to the last place in January, it is hard to imagine them reproducing the second most dominant period of last spring. Jordan Binnington has been the catalyst for this change, but it is important to remember that we are dealing with a relatively small sample for a guy who took a long time to get out of the AHL. St. Louis still has a very solid list, but I think they find themselves behind Nashville, Colorado, and Dallas in the center.