Season Predictions from The Cannon Writers

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Prediction time! The writers at The Cannon offer up a few predictions for the Jackets, and even go as far as predicting league standings and a Stanley Cup winner.

Everybody loves predictions, right?

Even if you don't, here they are anyway. The fellas and I got together to offer up our total guesses heavily-researched findings for various topics concerning the upcoming season. We're sticking out our necks on the following topics:

1) Who will lead the Jackets in goal scoring, and with how many goals?

2) Who will lead the Jackets in point scoring, and with how many points?

3) Over / under on Bob winning 35 games?

4) Which defenseman will have the highest point total this year, and with how many points?

5) Will Boone Jenner remain with the Jackets for the entire season?

6) Will the Jackets name a captain this year, and who will it be?

We've also taken a stab at the final standings of all thirty teams, and even went as far as completing playoff brackets and predicting a Stanley Cup Winner. This way, we can look even sillier by the end of the season, when Tim Thomas leads the Panthers to their first Cup and we were all dumb enough to put them near the bottom of the standings.

Ok, here we go:

WHO WILL LEAD THE JACKETS IN GOAL SCORING, AND WITH HOW MANY GOALS?

Mike

Marian Gaborik, with 39 goals.

Andy

Marian Gaborik, with 42 goals.

Matt

Marian Gaborik, with 34 goals.

Dan

Marian Gaborik, with 34 goals.


WHO WILL LEAD THE JACKETS IN POINT SCORING, AND WITH HOW MANY POINTS?

Mike

Brandon Dubinsky, with 67 points.

Andy

Marian Gaborik, with 70 points.

Matt

Brandon Dubinsky, with 70 points.

Dan

Marian Gaborik, with 59 points.


OVER / UNDER ON BOB WINNING 35 GAMES?

Mike

Over, Bob will win 37 games.

Andy

Over, Bob will win 38 games. (If this team wants to make the playoffs)

Matt

Over, Bob will win 36 games.

Dan

Under. It's just tough for a goalie to win 35 games. Last full season, only four guys did it.

WHICH DEFENSEMAN WILL HAVE THE HIGHEST POINT TOTAL THIS YEAR, AND WITH HOW MANY POINTS?

Mike

Fedor Tyutin, with 41 points.

Andy

Fedor Tyutin, with 38 points.

Matt

James Wisniewski, with 38 points.

Dan

James Wisniewski, with 38 points.


WILL BOONE JENNER REMAIN WITH THE JACKETS FOR THE ENTIRE SEASON?

Mike

I hate to say it, but no. He'll hit the rookie wall, which will coincidentally be around the time Horton is healthy.

Andy

Yes. Sticks in the top six most of the year.

Matt

Yes, but he may see his role change depending on who is healthy and how he's adjusting.

Dan

No. Horton is going to come back and need a roster spot, and Jenner is getting a baptism by fire on the top line as a rookie. I just can't see him making it the whole season.


WILL THE JACKETS NAME A CAPTAIN THIS YEAR, AND WHO WILL IT BE?

Mike

Yes, I think that Jack Johnson will be introduced as team captain during the intros prior to the season opener.

Andy

Yes, Brandon Dubinsky.

Matt

Brandon Dubinsky, but not until almost the trade deadline.

Dan

Yes, Brandon Dubinsky.


STANDINGS PREDICTIONS

EASTERN CONFERENCE

ATLANTIC DIVISION

METROPOLITAN DIVISION

MIKE

ANDY

MATT

DAN

MIKE

ANDY

MATT

DAN

Bruins*

Bruins*

Bruins*

Bruins*

Penguins*

Penguins*

Rangers*

Penguins*

Wings*

Wings*

Wings*

Senators*

Rangers*

Rangers*

Penguins*

Capitals*

Senators*

Canadiens*

Canadiens*

Wings*

Flyers*

Capitals*

Capitals*

Rangers*

Canadiens

Senators WC2*

Leafs

Canadiens

Jackets WC1*

Jackets WC1*

Jackets WC1*

Islanders WC1*

Lightning

Leafs

Senators

Leafs

Islanders WC2*

Islanders

Islanders WC2*

Jackets WC2*

Leafs

Lightning

Lightning

Lightning

Capitals

Flyers

Hurricanes

Hurricanes

Sabres

Sabres

Panthers

Panthers

Hurricanes

Hurricanes

Flyers

Flyers

Panthers

Panthers

Sabres

Sabres

Devils

Devils

Devils

Devils

WESTERN CONFERENCE

CENTRAL DIVISION

PACIFIC DIVISION

MIKE

ANDY

MATT

DAN

MIKE

ANDY

MATT

DAN

Blackhawks*

Blackhawks*

Blackhawks*

Blackhawks*

Kings*

Sharks*

Kings*

Kings*

Blues*

Blues*

Stars*

Blues*

Coyotes*

Kings*

Canucks*

Sharks*

Stars*

Wild*

Predators*

Wild*

Sharks*

Ducks*

Sharks*

Canucks*

Predators WC2*

Predators WC2*

Wild WC2*

Stars WC2*

Canucks WC1*

Canucks WC1*

Ducks WC1*

Ducks WC1*

Jets

Stars

Blues

Predators

Oilers

Oilers

Oilers

Coyotes

Wild

Jets

Jets

Avalanche

Ducks

Coyotes

Coyotes

Oilers

Avalanche

Avalanche

Avalanche

Jets

Flames

Flames

Flames

Flames

EASTERN CONFERENCE DIVISIONAL SEMIFINALS

Mike

Bruins over Islanders, Penguins over Jackets, Wings over Senators, Rangers over Flyers

Andy

Penguins over Senators, Jackets over Bruins, Wings over Canadiens, Capitals over Rangers

Matt

Bruins over Islanders, Jackets over Rangers, Canadiens over Wings, Capitals over Penguins

Dan

Penguins over Jackets, Bruins over Islanders, Senators over Wings, Rangers over Capitals

WESTERN CONFERENCE DIVISIONAL SEMIFINALS

Mike

Blackhawks over Predators, Kings over Canucks, Blues over Stars, Sharks over Coyotes

Andy

Blackhawks over Predators, Sharks over Canucks, Blues over Wild, Canucks over Sharks

Matt

Blackhawks over Ducks, Stars over Predators, Kings over Wild, Canucks over Sharks

Dan

Blackhawks over Stars, Kings over Ducks, Blues over Wild, Sharks over Canucks

EASTERN CONFERENCE DIVISION FINALS

Mike

Wings over Penguins, Bruins over Rangers

Andy

Penguins over Jackets, Wings over Capitals

Matt

Bruins over Jackets, Capitals over Canadiens

Dan

Penguins over Rangers, Bruins over Senators

WESTERN CONFERENCE DIVISION FINALS

Mike

Blackhawks over Sharks, Blues over Kings

Andy

Ducks over Blackhawks, Blues over Sharks

Matt

Blackhawks over Canucks, Kings over Stars

Dan

Blackhawks over Blues, Kings over Sharks

EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Mike

Bruins over Wings

Andy

Wings over Penguins

Matt

Bruins over Capitals

Dan

Bruins over Penguins

WESTERN CONFERENCE FINALS

Mike

Blues over Blackhawks

Andy

Ducks over Blues

Matt

Kings over Blackhawks

Dan

Kings over Blackhawks

STANLEY CUP FINAL

Mike

BRUINS OVER BLUES

Andy

DUCKS OVER WINGS

Matt

KINGS OVER BRUINS

Dan

BRUINS OVER KINGS

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