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

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

 

Author: Rob Rossi

Rob Rossi has covered the Penguins for parts of every season that Sidney Crosby has played in Pittsburgh. So, since 2005. He has led the Trib's NHL coverage since 2007, when he became the primary Penguins beat reporter. He joined the Tribune-Review in November 2002. Rossi, 35, is local chapter president of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. He also dabbles in radio, as ClearChannel's "Penguins Insider," and TV, as "NHL Insider" for Root Sports Pittsburgh, and as a semi-regular contributor to The Final Word, a Sunday sports show that airs on WPXI. In 2012, Rossi was recognized nationally by Penn State's John Curley Center for Sports Journalism for his coverage of youth sports for a Trib series that investigated concussion protocol. In 2013, he teamed with Carl Prine for an investigative piece about athletes' charities what was honored regionally. A graduate of West Virginia University and Keystone Oaks High School, Rossi was raised in Crafton and Green Tree and currently resides in Brookline. He is currently working on the authorized biography of Evgeni Malkin. Follow him on Twitter: @RobRossi_Trib

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