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The Cannon staff makes predictions for the 2021 NHL season

The NHL season starts TONIGHT and we here at The Cannon are ready for it. Without further ado, here are our picks for the standings and awards for this unique NHL season. Post your own predictions in the comments, and answer some poll questions below.

Cannon Staff Predictions

Division Pale Dragon Seeds Elaine Rachel Will
Central 1 Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Columbus Carolina Tampa Bay
Central 2 Carolina Carolina Carolina Tampa Bay Carolina
Central 3 Columbus Dallas Tampa Bay Columbus Nashville
Central 4 Nashville Nashville Florida Nashville Columbus
Central 5 Dallas Columbus Dallas Dallas Dallas
Central 6 Florida Florida Detroit Florida Florida
Central 7 Detroit Chicago Nashville Detroit Chicago
Central 8 Chicago Detroit Chicago Chicago Detroit
East 1 Boston Boston Pittsbugh (because when JJ leaves, the whole team succeeds) Washington Washington
East 2 Philadelphia Pittsburgh Washington Boston Boston
East 3 Pittsburgh Philadelphia Buffalo Philadelphia Philadelphia
East 4 NY Islanders Washington Philadelphia Islanders Pittsburgh
East 5 Washington New York Rangers Boston Pittsburgh NY Rangers
East 6 NY Rangers New York Islanders Islanders Rangers NY Islanders
East 7 Buffalo Buffalo New Jersey Buffalo Buffalo
East 8 New Jersey New Jersey Rangers (JJ and Tony Deangelo on defense. LOL) New Jersey New Jersey
North 1 Toronto Toronto Toronto Toronto Vancouver
North 2 Montreal Calgary Calgary Montreal Toronto
North 3 Vancouver Vancouver Vancouver Calgary Calgary
North 4 Calgary Edmonton Edmonton Vancouver Montreal
North 5 Edmonton Montreal Montreal Edmonton Edmonton
North 6 Winnipeg Winnipeg Ottawa Winnipeg Winnipeg
North 7 Ottawa Ottawa Winnipeg Ottawa Ottawa
West 1 Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado
West 2 Vegas Vegas Arizona (don’t ask. idk why. it just felt right) St. Louis Vegas
West 3 St. Louis St. Louis Vegas Vegas St. Louis
West 4 Arizona Minnesota St. Louis Minnesota Arizona
West 5 Minnesota San Jose Minnesota San Jose San Jose
West 6 Los Angeles Arizona San Jose Arizona Minnesota
West 7 Anaheim Los Angeles Anaheim Los Angeles Anaheim
West 8 San Jose Anaheim Los Angeles Anaheim Los Angeles
Final Four (C) Tampa Bay Tampa Bay Columbus Carolina Tampa Bay
Final Four (E) Philadelphia Boston Washington Philadelphia Washington
Final Four (N) Montreal Toronto Vancouver Montreal Toronto
Final Four (W) Vegas Colorado Colorado Colorado Colorado
Cup Champion Vegas Colorado Columbus Colorado Colorado
Hart Nathan MacKinnon Nathan MacKinnon Cam Atkinson Connor McDavid Nathan MacKinnon
Norris Miro Heiskanen Dougie Hamilton Dougie Hamilton Seth Jones Seth Jones
Vezina Robin Lehner Jacob Markstrom Elvis Carey Price Andrei Vasilevskiy
CBJ Record 31-20-5 26-23-7 Don’t make me do this 28-21-7 29-20-7

Can the Blue Jackets unseat Tampa? Or will they battle Chicago and Detroit for the bottom? Or are they somewhere in the gooey middle?

Where will the Blue Jackets finish in the Central Division?

1 7
2 22
3 63
4 41
5 18
6 3
7 0
8 1

This is the equivalent of a 94.4 point pace in an 82 game season. Last season, the Jackets were on a 94.8 point pace.

Will the Blue Jackets be over or under 64.5 points?

Over 75
Under 45

PLD led the team in points last year with 49, but BJORKSTRAND had the edge in point pace with 36 in just 49 games.

Who will lead the Blue Jackets in points?

Pierre-Luc Dubois 44
Max Domi 32
Cam Atkinson 17
Zach Werenski 3
Other 2

This cloud will hang over the team until a trade happens, unless PLD changes his mind. Will Jarmo trade him soon to get past that, or will he let it ride this season with the roster he has?

Will PLD be traded?

This season 47
This summer 51
Next season 24