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PPPlayoff and NHL Awards picks

Our team of writers submitted their ballots and chose their Stanley Cup favourites.

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With the regular season come to a close, it's time for every follower of the game's annual traditions.

  1. Stanley Cup Playoffs predictions
  2. NHL Awards predictions

Luckily for you, our team put together their selections, and the results are either going to be bang on, or hilariously off. Each of the winners below are drawn from 15 of our writers' selections.

NHL Playoffs

Eastern Conference Champion

The Tampa Bay Lighting

It was close, but the Lightning edged the Rangers by three votes.

Western Conference Champion

The St. Louis Blues

This wasn't even close. Eight of our 15 writers have the Blues coming out of the West. Only one other team received more than one vote in the Blackhawks (3).

Stanley Cup Champion

The St. Louis Blues

Of the eight writers who chose the Blues to advance to the finals, five had them winning the cup, followed by Tampa Bay (4). The Blackhawks, Wild, Islanders, Rangers, and Ducks reached received one selection.

The Full Results
NHL Playoffs Eastern Conference Champion Western Conference Champion Stanley Cup Champion
Chemmy Tampa Bay Lightning Nashville Predators Tampa Bay Lightning
Scottcwheeler New York Islanders St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues
Phylliskessel13 Tampa Bay Lightning Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks
Clrkaitken Tampa Bay Lightning St. Louis Blues Tampa Bay Lightning
Gunnar Carlsson Detroit Red Wings Chicago Blackhawks Chicago Blackhawks
Species 1967 Tampa Bay Lightning Calgary Flames Tampa Bay Lightning
Skinny Fish New York Rangers Minnesota Wild Minnesota Wild
Achariya New York Rangers St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues
Draglikepull Tampa Bay Lightning St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues
Mf37 Tampa Bay Lightning St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues
JP Nikota New York Islanders Chicago Blackhawks New York Islanders
Steven Savoldelli New York Rangers St. Louis Blues St. Louis Blues
Charlottes Webster New York Rangers St. Louis Blues New York Rangers
KathrynBrill Tampa Bay Lightning St. Louis Blues Tampa Bay Lightning
ElSeldo New York Islanders Anaheim Ducks Anaheim Ducks

NHL Awards

Hart (MVP)

Carey Price

I can't remember a year where it was so clearcut, and a goalie no less. Only draglikepull voted for someone other than Price by selecting Sidney Crosby.

Norris (defensemen)

Erik Karlsson

This was a four-horse race, but Karlsson was the consensus choice, followed by Subban, Weber and Doughty. No other defensemen received votes, which would have surely been different had Shattenkirk and Giordano stayed healthy.

Vezina (goalie)

Carey Price

End of story. Sorry, Rinne, you never had a chance.

Jack Adams (coach)

Tie: Paul Maurice and Bob Hartley

There was no clear favourite here. Maurice (Jets) and Hartley's (Flames) three votes bested Babcock (Red Wings), and Vigneault (Rangers), who received two.

Calder (rookie)

Aaron Ekblad

Stone's late push earned him one vote, Ekblad, a 19-year-old, had the slight edge over Gaudreau by two votes.

Selke (defensive forward)

Patrice Bergeron

The usual characters (Toews, Bergeron, Datsyuk) all received votes, but Bergeron had the clear edge. Pacioretty, Thornton, Hossa, and Kucherov also each received a vote.

GM of the Year

Steve Yzerman

Another close one, with only four GMs receiving a vote. Steve Yzerman (Lightning) came out on top, barely edging out Garth Snow (Islanders), with Poile (Predators), Murray (Sabres), and Bowman (Blackhawks) receiving one vote each. Yes, ElSeldo voted for *that* Murray. "He made a plan and kept working until he achieved it," he said.

The Full Results
NHL Awards Hart Norris Vezina Jack Adams Calder Selke GM of the Year
Chemmy Price Doughty Price Hartley Ekblad Hossa Snow
Scottcwheeler Price Subban Price Maurice Ekblad Datsyuk Snow
Phylliskessel13 Price Karlsson Price Trotz Ekblad Bergeron Bowman
Clrkaitken Price Subban Price Vigneault Ekblad Datsyuk Yzerman
Gunnar Carlsson Price Karlsson Price Babcock Ekblad Datsyuk Snow
Steven Savoldelli Price Karlsson Price Laviolette Gaudreau Toews Yzerman
JP Nikota Price Karlsson Price Babcock Gaudreau Bergeron Snow
Mf37 Price Karlsson Price Vigneault Gaudreau Pacioretty Yzerman
Species 1967 Price Karlsson Price Hartley Gaudreau Bergeron Yzerman
Draglikepull Crosby Subban Price Maurice Ekblad Bergeron Snow
Skinny Fish Price Karlsson Price Yeo Gaudreau Bergeron Poile
Charlottes Webster Price Karlsson Price Hartley Stone Bergeron Yzerman
Achariya Price Weber Price Cooper Ekblad Kucherov Yzerman
KathrynBrill Price Weber Price Cameron Ekblad Thornton Poile
ElSeldo Price Karlsson Price Maurice Gaudreau Bergeron Murray