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NHL 2022-23 Season Preview: Bold Predictions, Awards and Stanley Cup Picks

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The 2022-23 NHL season is upon us. That means it’s time to break out the crystal ball and make predictions.

The beauty of this time of year is that the possibilities are endless. All teams have some hope that this year will be better than last year (with the exception of the Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks). We’ve rounded up some bold predictions for the 2022-23 campaign, including teams that could crash in the postseason, how far those teams could go, and which players will pop. It then goes on to explain which players will win the award and which team will win Stanley his cup.

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Nivison: New Jersey Devils advance to playoffs

The Devils may be kings of the NHL offseason. They’ve made some significant additions every summer for the last few years, but the move has resulted in zero postseason appearances in four years. Even so, I think this Devils team has a very good chance of reaching the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs. New Jersey has plenty of talented players under his 25s led by Jack Hughes.

The team’s base numbers deserved better results last season, but terrible goaltending saw the Devils sink to seventh in the division.Is Vitek Vanacek the savior between pipes? No, but he can’t do any worse than what New Jersey got from that position last year, right?

Nivison: Toronto Maple Leafs advance to Eastern Conference Finals

Anyone with no memory of the recent NHL postseason will look at this roster and wonder why this is such a bold prediction. But remember… this is the maple leaf we’re talking about, I was at the table for them before last year’s playoffs, and they’re still in Tampa Bay with another first-round elimination. I just watched him lose to Lightning. Once cheated, embarrassed, but eventually forget and ride with you again in a few months. This roster is too intriguing to bet on.

Ouston Matthews is the current league MVP. Mitch Marner is a top 5 winger in the league. William Nylander still seems underrated. The blue line is deep. The only problem with this team is the net, and Toronto can stay out of trouble if needed. However, this franchise hasn’t seen a second round of the playoffs since his 2004. Things will change in 2023. Toronto breaks through and continues the deep run.

Nivison: Jason Robertson leads NHL in goals

I wanted to get off the board for this last one. With a new contract heating up from the fax machine, Robertson is ready for a big season with the Stars. Robertson has proven he can score in many different ways with 41 goals in the 2021-22 season. Robertson has the skill and the shot to create his own scoring chances, but it helps that he’s on the NHL’s best line and he’s aiming for the net. He isn’t afraid to punish around his crease to beat the greasy goal. At just 23 years old, Robertson is still in the prime of his career and poised to fill the net in 2022-23.

Wenger: Ottawa Senators end playoff drought

I’m a big fan of what the Senators did in the offseason. I swung around the fence. Just days after free agency began, they acquired winger Claude Giroud on a three-year deal, bringing much-needed veteran leadership to the team’s locker room.

This is a team that scored just 2.7 goals per game last year and needed shots to the arm. Considering he already has Josh Norris and Brady Tkachuk, adding his two very talented playmakers to play on his second line in Ottawa is very important. Defensively goalkeeper Anton if he can improve in front of Forsberg there is no doubt that this is his team in the playoffs.

Wenger: The Tampa Bay Lightning are eliminated in the first round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

It may seem premature to put the Lightning in the graveyard any time soon, but the signs are there. No roster is as talented. They will miss Ondrej Palat and Ryan McDonagh more than many people realize, and I think this season’s Eastern Conference will be incredibly deep. This could easily indicate a first round exit for Lightning.

Wenger: Alex Devlincat leads the league in goals

Also, off the board, predict the scoring leader for the season. As if you can’t tell, I’m a big believer in what the Senators are building Devlin Cat just finished a season playing alongside Patrick Kane where he scored 41 goals. is. Now he skates with Claude Giroud most of the time. Giroud isn’t quite as playmaker as Kane is at this stage of his career, but he’s still an elite passer who would benefit from Devlin Cat playing alongside him. I wouldn’t be surprised if DeBrincat breaks a career-high goals tally and leads his NHL in that division during the 2022-23 season.

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Stanley Cup predictions


  • Western Conference Finals: Calgary Flames Over Colorado Avalanche
  • Eastern Conference Finals: Carolina Hurricane Hits Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Stanley Cup Final: Calgary fires above the Carolina Hurricane


  • Western Conference Finals: Edmonton Oilers on Colorado Avalanche
  • Eastern Conference Finals: New York Rangers v Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Stanley Cup Final: New York Rangers v Edmonton Oilers