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Expert Predictions: 2016-17 Season

The wait is over and the battle for hockey supremacy is about to get underway once again. The 2016-17 NHL regular-season kicks off on Wednesday, October 12, 2016.

The Pittsburgh Penguins will defend this championship over the San Jose Sharks and aim to repeat as Stanley Cup winners, but 29 other teams want the same prize.

Who will come out on top? Will we see a few 100+ point players this season? Is someone going to hit 60 goals? Which team will crumble under the pressure?

TFP's Panel of Experts have looked into their crystal balls and come out with these predictions for the season. Enjoy:

 

Division Champions
Division Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Atlantic Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning
Metropolitan New York Islanders Washington Capitals Washington Capitals Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals
Central Nashville Predators Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks Nashville Predators Chicago Blackhawks Nashville Predators Chicago Blackhawks
Pacific Calgary Flames Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks

 

Conference Champions
Conference Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Eastern Washington Capitals Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning Washington Capitals Washington Capitals Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning
Western Chicago Blackhawks Nashville Predators Nashville Predators Nashville Predators Chicago Blackhawks Nashville Predators Chicago Blackhawks

 

Stanley Cup Champions
Stanley Cup Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Winner Chicago Blackhawks Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning Washington Capitals Washington Capitals Tampa Bay Lightning Tampa Bay Lightning

 

NHL Awards
Award Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Art Ross Alex Ovechkin Jamie Benn Patrick Kane Connor McDavid Alex Ovechkin Connor McDavid Connor McDavid
Rocket Richard Vladimir Tarasenko Alex Ovechkin Alex Ovechkin Alex Ovechkin Patrick Kane Alex Ovechkin Steven Stamkos
Hart Jamie Benn Jamie Benn Alex Ovechkin Connor McDavid Alex Ovechkin Jamie Benn Connor McDavid
Norris P.K. Subban Brent Burns Victor Hedman Erik Karlsson Brent Burns Brent Burns Drew Doughty
Vezina Carey Price Braden Holtby Braden Holtby Cory Schneider Carey Price Carey Price Braden Holtby
Calder Patrik Laine Auston Matthews Auston Matthews Patrik Laine Mikhail Sergachev Auston Matthews Auston Matthews
Selke Jonathan Toews Patrice Bergeron Patrice Bergeron Patrice Bergeron Anze Kopitar Patrice Bergeron Jonathan Toews
Lady Byng Johnny Gaudreau Anze Kopitar Anze Kopitar Henrik Zetterberg Jordan Eberle Anze Kopitar Henrik Zetterberg
Jack Adams Dan Bylsma Barry Trotz Todd McLellan Todd McLellan Lindy Ruff Jon Cooper Todd McLellan

 

Last Place Team
30th Place Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Team Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes Arizona Coyotes Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes Carolina Hurricanes

 

Biggest Name to get Traded
Player Bamford Bernstein Hutcheon Kearns Pagnotta Spraker Strehle
Name Claude Giroux Cam Fowler Cam Fowler Joe Thornton Zdeno Chara Ben Bishop James
van Riemsdyk

The Fourth Period's Experts:
Tab BAMFORD: Columnist, Chicago
Dennis BERNSTEIN: Senior Writer
Shawn HUTCHEON: Boston Correspondent
Patrick KEARNS: Columnist, New York
David PAGNOTTA: Editor-in-Chief
Hannah SPRAKER: Columnist, Anaheim
David STREHLE: Philadelphia Correspondent

 

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