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Laugh N’at: #TribHKY 2013-14 Penguins Goal Predictions (and NHL Awards Forecast).

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Before the start of each NHL season, the Dear Readers are presented with information that will arm them with ammunition to slay even the most uppity of hockey scribes. It has been said that prognostication is a fool’s game. Well, one fool’s picks, submitted for your critique:

 

= PENGUINS PLAYER GOAL TOTALS

[Note: These forecasts were made near the midpoint of training camp, before injuries to select players and prior to the final roster being set.]

PLAYER (GOALS)

James Neal (52)

Evgeni Malkin (40)

Sidney Crosby (36)

Pascal Dupuis (25)

Chris Kunitz (24)

Beau Bennett (18)

Jussi Jokinen (17)

Brandon Sutter (17)

Kris Letang (16)

Joe Vitale (11)

Matt D’Agostini (9)

Matt Niskanen (8)

Simon Despres (6)

Dustin Jeffrey (6)

Chuck Kobasew (4)

Tanner Glass (3)

Paul Martin (3)

Robert Bortuzzo (2)

Craig Adams (1)

Rob Scuderi (1)

Deryk Engelland (0)

Brooks Orpik (0)

 

= WINNERS AND AWARDS

DIVISION WINNERS: PENGUINS, SENATORS, BLUES, DUCKS

STANLEY CUP FINAL: CAPITALS VS BLUES

STANLEY CUP CHAMPION: CAPITALS

CONN SMYTHE (PLAYOFF MVP): NICKLAS BACKSTROM, CAPITALS

HART TROPHY (MVP): STEVEN STAMKOS, LIGHTNING

ART ROSS TROPHY (LEADING SCORER): SIDNEY CROSBY, PENGUINS

NORRIS TROPHY (BEST DEFENSEMAN): KRIS LETANG, PENGUINS

VEZNIA TROPHY (BEST GOALIE): CRAIG ANDERSON, SENATORS

CALDER TROPHY (BEST ROOKIE): SETH JONES, PREDATORS

JACK ADAMS AWARD (BEST COACH): LINDY RUFF, STARS

 

 

Rosters must be set at 23 – with all teams cap compliant – by Monday. The NHL is expected to make final rosters public on Tuesday.

 

Until news develops…

 

Be Excellent to each other,

Rossi

 

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Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi is the lead sports columnist for the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He has been called many names, but “Rossi” is the one to which he most often responds. He joined the Trib in November 2002 and was promoted to the columnist role in July 2014. Previously, he had covered the NHL’s Penguins (2006-14) and MLB’s Pirates (2006), while also working on beats associated with the NFL’s Steelers (2005-06) and the NCAA’s Pitt (2004-06). He has won national and local awards for his coverage of youth concussions and athletes’ charities. Also, he is a member of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association executive committee and the Pittsburgh chapter chair. Raised in Crafton and Green Tree and a graduate of West Virginia University, he has covered a Super Bowl, All-Star Games in baseball and hockey, the NCAA basketball tournament and over 100 Stanley Cup playoff games, including the Cup Final twice. Oh, and his sports reporting has led him to brief chats with Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen; so that’s pretty cool. He is a regular contributor on TV with WPXI, Root Sports Pittsburgh and TSN. Also, he is the authorized biographer of Penguins star Evgeni Malkin.

 
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