It’s a prediction even a mildly delusional Ottawa Senators fan would hesitate to make.
Not only will the Senators win the Stanley Cup, they’ll also take the Atlantic Division and the Presidents’ Trophy (for most points accumulated during the regular season).
They’ll succeed despite a heroic effort from Los Angeles Kings goalie Jonathan Quick, who will pick up the Conn Smythe as playoff MVP in a losing cause.
Craig Anderson and Robin Lehner will win the Jennings Trophy during the regular season as the Senators allow the fewest number of goals, however.
Well, it’s hockey yearbook season and The Sports Forecaster yearbook was the first to hit newsstands today. And yes, everything I just described to you is how the magazine sees this season playing out.
From the magazine:
“The loss of Daniel Alfredsson will certainly be felt in Ottawa. However, the coaching of Paul MacLean, leadership of Chris Phillips, Chris Neil, Marc Methot, plus all-star level performances by Erik Karlsson, Craig Anderson, Jason Spezza and bobby Ryan should ensure plenty of success even without the former captain. This is a true Cup contender.”
Oh, and Daniel Alfredsson’s Detroit Red Wings sneak into the playoffs as a wild card, finishing fifth in the Atlantic Division.