Illegal Curve 2009/10 Predictions

Posted by David Minuk in Columns,Season Previews on October 1, 2009 — 19 Comments

Here are our predictions for the 2009/10 NHL season. These predictions will, of course, be archived so feel free to praise or ridicule us accordingly throughout the season.

The IC picks across the board are:

IC Writer Atlantic Northeast South Central Northwest Pacific
Richard
Pollock
phi bos was det cgy san
David
Minuk
pit bos was det van san
Ezra
Ginsburg
phi bos car det cgy san
Neil
Rockman
phi bos was det van san
Ari
Baum-Cohen
phi bos was det cgy san
Rusty
Parra
phi bos was det van ana
Drew
Mindell
pit bos car det cgy ana

Here are IC’s Playoff Predictions as well as team’s we expect to surprise and those we don’t:

IC Writer East West Cup Surprising
Team
Bust
Team
Richard
Pollock
phi ana phi fla phi
David
Minuk
bos van van buf nas
Ezra
Ginsburg
njd det njd nyi van
Neil
Rockman
bos van van dal chi
Ari
Baum-Cohen
phi san san nas njd
Rusty
Parra
was chi was tam cgy
Drew bos cgy bos tam chi

In addition to predicting where the teams will finish and who the eventual Stanley Cup champion might be, we have also selected our NHL Awards winners.

IC Writer Art Ross Norris Vezina Calder Selke
Richard
Pollock
Malkin
Malkin
Green
Green
Vokoun
Vokoun
Leino
Leino
Richards
Richards
David
Minuk
Malkin
Malkin
Lidstrom
Lidstrom
Luongo
Luongo
Leino
Leino
Datsyuk
Datsyuk
Ezra
Ginsburg
Crosby
Crosby
Pronger
Pronger
Brodeur
Brodeur
Anisimov
Anisimov
Niedermayer
Niedermayer
Neil
Rockman
Crosby
Crosby
Phaneuf
Phanuef
Luongo
Luongo
Hedman
Hedman
Richards
Richards
Ari
Baum- Cohen
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Green
Green
Rinne
Rinne
Tavares
Tavares
Richards
Richards
Rusty
Parra
Malkin
Malkin
Lidstrom
Lidstrom
Luongo
Luongo
Van Riemsdyk
Riemsdyk
Richards
Richards
Drew
Mindell
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Bouwmeester
Bouwmeester
Ward
Ward
Helm
Helm
Datsyuk
Datsyuk

And finally the Hart & Rocket Richard winners (may as well call it the Ovechkin award) as well as surprising & bust players:

IC Writer Hart Rocket
Richard
Surprise
Player
Bust
Player
Richard
Pollock
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Pacioretty
Pacioretty
Kovalev
Kovalev
David
Minuk
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Richards, B
Richards
Gaborik
Gaborik
Ezra
Ginsburg
Crosby
Crosby
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Williams
Williams
Ohlund
Ohlund
Neil
Rockman
Crosby
Crosby
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Koivu
Koivu
Kessel
Kessel
Ari
Baum-Cohen
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Emery
Emery
Spezza
Spezza
Rusty
Parra
Crosby
Crosby
Heatley
Heatley
Comrie
Comrie
Gustavsson
Gustavsson
Drew
Mindell
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Ovechkin sml
Ovechkin
Tanguay
Tanguay
Kessel
Kessel
  • Banana Belt

    Seriously Rusty – I think you are letting your inexcusable love of the Oils cloud your already questionable judgment with regard to the Flames Busting. I only have 1 questions – it this a jealous pick?

  • Bob Roberts

    I can’t see the whole chart (West winner, Cup winner, Hart pictures) — is it just me?

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Richard

    Nope Bob, not just you. We are working to fix that now. Will get it changed a.s.a.p.

  • Bob Roberts

    Well that’s a relief. Thanks. I get enough inaccurate “old with failing faculties” comments around here without any outside help.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com rusty

    Like it or not, Kiprusoff is no longer the stud goalie he once was. Dion is only a monster to Pierre, and is the 3rd best defender on the team. Sutter might get a little more out of them, but they are no longer contenders and are likely on the first year of a slide.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Richard

    Rusty is anti-Calgary. I don’t agree but I think Kipper is going to dictate how far they can go.

    Bob, David has fixed the allignment, so it should be all good now.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com Drew

    Brent Sutter will whip the Flames into shape and they will win the West. Kipper will bounce back and Iggy will lead them to the cup. Just wait for it.

    Oh, and welcome back Bob!

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com david

    I agree that Rusty’s got too much of an anti-Flame bias. They won’t be a bust team.

    Hopefully the selections are totally viewable now as I’ve reconfigured the tables.

  • Rusty

    I think this so-called bias is rooted in actual fact. While the Flames will again be a hard working bunch, they still suffer from a first round and out stigma.

    They have a great defence, no doubt, but I stand by my assertion that Kiprusoff is the weak link here.

    To wit:

    http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php?pid=15587

    Note the steady increase in GAA and decline in Save %, and then remind yourself what he gets paid.

    To reiterate, this is indeed the first year of the slow decline. You may label it bias or an anti-Calgary streak if you wish, but please refer any further slights to the actual numbers.

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  • http://www.illegalcurve.com dave

    4-2 Calgary over Van thru 2……just sayin.

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  • Rusty

    Fair enough. Please change all my predictions to Calgary. I stand corrected and wish to submit my vote to cancel the rest of the season and award the Stanley Cup to the Flames in perpetuity.

  • Bob Roberts

    Now now, it’s a bit early for “testy” there boys. Early days, early days.

    I’ll have a fair amount to say about these predictions but don’t have time just now. In the unlikely event that anyone cares about that: watch this space.

  • Kyle

    We care, we care.

  • Bob Roberts

    Still pressed for time but here’re a few things:

    You all agree on the Wings and the Bruins for the Central and NE, but only 3 say Bruins rep the east and only 1 say Wings rep the west. And only one says either win the Cup. Quite the fall off. What’s the reasoning behind that? (Topic for next IC Radio Show?)

    Bob says neither Wings nor Bruins do any of those things.

    Interesting that Ari is consistent with the Flyers all the way to the Cup, even to the extent of picking Emery as his surprise player and Richards as his Selke winner, but not to win it.

    Bob says Flyers will not make it to the final.

    Seven experts. Four different Eastern representatives.
    Seven experts. Six different Western representatives.
    Seven experts. Six different Cup Winners.
    Three say Boston in the final. One says Boston wins the Cup.
    Two say Philly in the final. One says Philly wins the Cup.
    Two say Canucks in the final. Both say Canucks win the Cup.

    Bob says none of you has named the Cup winner correctly.

  • http://www.illegalcurve.com dave

    Good breakdown Bob but you left out the critical part. Who are you selecting to win?

  • Bob Roberts

    Penguins vs Hawks, the all-bird Cup.

    Pens in 6.

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