Last week we looked back at our predictions for the Maple Leafs and playoffs that we made before the season, and now that the player awards have been handed out we can finish things off with finding out just how badly we guessed.
Looking back at our pre-season predictions
So, to fill in this boring day before the draft begins, let’s check out how we did.
|Actual Winner||Elias Pettersson|
Starting off well, Elias Petterson tied with Dahlin for first place, so four of our writers got that one correct. I overthought Tkachuk’s impact on a terrible Senators team, and Brigstew picked Dylan Strome, which I thought couldn’t be right, but he was Calder reliable.
|Actual Winner||Ryan O'Reilly|
Oh boy, we could all use a do-over here. We settled into two camps - Sean Couturier and Patrice Bergeron. Both were wrong as it went to Conn Smythe winner Ryan O’Reilly.
|Actual Winner||Andrei Vasilevskiy|
Our first instance of being a big ol’ bunch of homers here, as the Leafs’ own Frederik Andersen led the voting with five votes. Fulemin and Hardev got it correct by picking Andrei Vasilevskiy, Arvind and Kevin went west with Gibson and Katya picked a goalie who had something to prove going into free agency with Sergei Bobrovsky.
|Actual Winner||Mark Giordano|
Another one we all whiffed on. Calgary Flames Mark Giordano won the award, None of our picks even made it into the top three. A very disappointing year for awards picks.
Rocket Richard Award
|Actual winner||Alexander Ovechkin|
For the most goals scored, a lot of us went with Matthews, but he finished 17th on the list with 37. the second most popular pick was Patrik ‘down year’ Laine who scored only 30 goals, and finished 43rd in the league. Connor McDavid had one vote, and he was 10th with 41, ten goals behind the winner - Alex Ovechkin, who was picked only once, by Hardev.
|Species||James van Riemsdyk|
|Actual winner||Nikita Kucherov|
If we were a baseball team we’d be the Blue Jays with how hard we’re missing pitches here. Connor McDavid was the overwhelming choice to score the most points, but he finished second to Kucherov’s 128 points with 116 of his own. I picked Marner, because I believed in the power of John Tavares. He didn’t do too badly, scoring 94 points.
McDavid was the popular pick, with Taylor Hall and Auston Matthews also getting some votes, but Nikita Kucherov walked away with the trophy.
It was a sad year for predictions, but hey, no one could have predicted the Lightning’s regular season - or their playoffs for that matter.