2009-2010 NHL Predictions with Cajones (Balls)
- Sheldon Souray will score more goals than Mike Green. Green scored 31 goals last year in 68 games. That’s unreal. Souray only 23 (in 81 games). However, with Pat Quinn now in Edmonton, he will lean on Souray booming shot from the point on the powerplay. Souray has one of the hardest shots in the league and Edmonton has the personnel to get him open.
- The St. Louis Blues will win the Central Division. Detroit is getting older. Chicago is already exhausted from all the adversity they have dealt with. Columbus not quite there yet. Nashville is even further from there. The Blues have a perfect mix of young and old – and they are all skilled. They could possibly have the most depth in the league. They have 9 forwards who all meshed at the right time last year to squeak into the playoffs. They will carry that momentum into this year. Related: Patrick Berglund emerges as the league’s best young stud.
- Washington doesn’t make the playoffs. Atlanta does. Malkin missed time due to injury in 2008. Crosby in 2009. It’s Ovechkin’s turn. His reckless play finally catches up to him and it leads management to be more cautious with him. Can Backstrom lead a team like Malkin did when Crosby was out? Hmmm. Related: Ilya Kovalchuk leads the league in points and wins MVP.
- Sergei Shirokov wins Calder Trophy. Shirokov has arguably been the best player in Canucks’ camp. He has put himself in a great position to steal Mikael Samuelsson‘s job on the top line with the Swedish Ginger kids. He scored 41 points (17 goals) in 56 games to lead CSKA Moscow in the KHL last season and has no plans of going back to Russia, even if he is send down to the AHL. Good kid. Take lessons, Filatov. Must read: Vancouver Sun interview with Shirokov. Related: Artem Anisimov is runner up.
- A decision by Judge T. Baum is finally made. Jim Balsillie is allowed to buy the Phoenix Coyotes franchise, but after Judge Baum visits Hamilton, he rules that an NHL team should never play there. Ballsillie drives an hour east and moves the Coyotes to the other armpit of Ontario – Oshawa. Oshawa actually isn’t as bad as its reputation leads it to be – just don’t go south of Highway 2.
more to come…
Bonus Video: Bud Light Lime “In The Can” Commercial. HILARIOUS
The ad and marketing team at Bud Light are genius.