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NHL Season Predictions 2022

Posted: Oct 24, 2022Last updated: Oct 24, 2022

The NHL season is here. But what should we expect from it?

31 teams are chasing the Colorado Avalanche, who, after winning the Stanley Cup in 2022, are again the favorites to lift the trophy in late spring 2023.

The Game Day hockey writers Frank Ammirante and Pat Pickens will take a stab at projecting how the 2022-23 NHL season will go.

All NHL betting odds are current as of Oct. 7, 2022, at Caesars Sportsbook.

Stanley Cup Final Pick 2022

Carolina Hurricanes defeat Colorado Avalanche

The Hurricanes, who added Brent BurnsMax Pacioretty, and Paul Stastny to a core that has won its division in consecutive years, should do enough to unseat the three-time defending Eastern Conference champion Tampa Bay Lightning then surge past Colorado in the Cup Final. Raleigh then parties like it’s 2006. — PAT PICKENS

Los Angeles Kings defeat New York Rangers

Adding stud forward Kevin Fiala to a roster flush with young talent can take the Kings to the next level, knocking off Igor Shesterkin and the Rangers. — FRANK AMMIRANTE


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Hart Trophy Picks

Nathan MacKinnon, C, Colorado Avalanche

It is only a matter of time until voters give him the lifetime-achievement Hart Trophy. He should have won it by now, and I think this is the year he finally get his due. — PAT PICKENS

Connor McDavid, C, Edmonton Oilers

McDavid is the favorite for this award every year as a virtually automatic 100-plus point producer, especially as he continues to carry the Oilers to contention. — FRANK AMMIRANTE


Read our full 2023 NHL MVP predictions


Vezina Trophy Picks

Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders

The Isles’ chances of reaching the postseason likely center around their goaltender standing on his head almost every night. If Sorokin does that, as intrastate rival Igor Shesterkin did last season, he should run away with the award. — PAT PICKENS

Ilya Sorokin, New York Islanders

Sorokin is a major contender for this award as he enters his age-27 season after posting an impressive 2.40 GAA and .925 SV% last year. — FRANK AMMIRANTE

See our full Vezina Trophy odds report.

Norris Trophy Picks

Roman Josi, Nashville Predators

There’s so much buzz about Cale Makar that it seems almost impossible that he matches the hype this season. Josi, who has led the Predators in points in three straight seasons and put up an eye-popping 99 points while finishing as the Norris runner-up to Makar in 2022, should be the beneficiary. — PAT PICKENS

Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings

Look for Seider to take a Year 2 leap after he delivered on lofty expectations in his rookie campaign, putting up 50 points in 82 games for the rebuilding Red Wings.  — FRANK AMMIRANTE

Calder Trophy Picks

Shane Wright, C, Seattle Kraken

Wright was projected as the No. 1 pick in 2022, yet slipped to Seattle with the fourth selection. Wright will start the year with the Kraken, and you can bet he has a strong desire to prove the teams that passed on him wrong.  — PAT PICKENS

Matty Beniers, C, Seattle Kraken

The second overall pick of the 2021 draft is ready to take on a large role with the Kraken after posting nine points in 10 games during his brief stint last year. — FRANK AMMIRANTE

Bold Predictions

New Jersey Devils Make Playoffs

Every year there’s one upstart that crashes the playoff field. As long as New Jersey’s core of Jack Hughes, Nico Hischier, Jesper Bratt, Ondrej Palat, Dougie Hamilton, and Mackenzie Blackwood can stay healthy for the full season, the Devils have a great opportunity to crack the Eastern Conference top-eight.

New York Rangers Win Eastern Conference

The Rangers have another level in their game if high-end young talents like Alexis Lafrenière can improve on last season’s production. — FRANK AMMIRANTE

Author

Pat Pickens

Pat Pickens is a seasoned sportswriter who has covered the NHL since 2013 for various websites, including The New York Times, NHL.com, Sportsnet.ca, USA Today, the Associated Press and many others. His debut book, titled "The Whalers" about the history of the NHL's Hartford Whalers, was released in October 2021. His greatest successful wager was an LA Kings puck-line bet (+200) in Game 1 of the 2012 Western Conference Final.

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