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2005-06: What the Experts Thought

For years, at the beginning of each hockey season and again at the start of the playoffs, my friends and I would put together a spreadsheet that collected all of the predictions from the so-called "experts" to which we'd add our own selections. Once the season/playoffs wrapped,  we'd do a compare and contrast to see how we all stacked up. More importantly, we'd also have a written record to determine which one of us should be mocked mercilessly for our wrong, and often dumb, predictions.

A few jobs and many computers later, all but one of those spreadsheets have been lost. The only one I've been able to turn up is from the 2005-06 season.

I thought it would be interesting to re-visit the picks to see how all of our favourite talking heads performed (I love that Don Cherry picked Bochenski for the Calder; any surprise that Maguire went with Jeff Carter?).

This was the first year post-lockout, so we should give these folks plenty of slack for many of their predictions. Looking back, I'm stunned Phoenix posted 38 wins and it's interesting to see the list of teams that missed the post-season. Two of them have since won the Stanley Cup.

2005-06 Season Predictions

 

East SC

West SC

Art Ross

Calder

Miss the Playoffs

PHX  Ws

ACTUAL

Carolina

Edmonton

Thornton

Ovechkin

VAN, LA, MIN, PHX, CBJ, CHI, STL; TOR, ATL, FLA, NYI, BOS, WSH, PIT

38

Gord Stellick

Ottawa

Vancouver

Forsberg

Ovechkin

MTL; LA

30

Nick Kypreos

Ottawa

Vancouver

Spezza

Crosby

ATL; STL

35

Daren Millard

Ottawa

Vancouver

Iginla

Crosby

STL; NYI

30

John Garret

Philly

Vancouver

Jagr

Crosby

BUF; WSH

30

Darren Drager

Philly

Calgary

 

Crosby

TOR; STL

28

Bill Watters

Ottawa

San Jose

Iginla

Crosby

TOR; STL

 

Don Cherry

Ottawa

Vancouver

Spezza

Bochenski

 

 

Bob MacKenzie

Ottawa

San Jose

Iginla

Ovechkin

 

 

Pierre MaGuire

Ottawa

Calgary

 

Carter

 

 

Barry Melrose

Flyers

Calgary

 

 

 

 

John Buccigross

Flyers

San Jose

 

 

 

 

Terry Frei

Ottawa

Calgary

 

 

 

 

E.J. Hradek

Lightning

San Jose

 

 

 

 

Eric Karabell

Flyers

Vancouver

 

 

 

 

Scott Burnside

Lightning

Vancouver

 

 

 

 

Joy Russo

Lightning

Calgary

 

 

 

 

MF37

Ottawa

San Jose

Naslund

Ovechkin

TOR; BOS

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