NHL 2022-23 season preview: Bold predictions, awards and Stanley Cup picks

These groups and players will get everyone's attention this season

NHL 2022-23 season preview: Bold predictions, awards and Stanley Cup picks

The 2022-23 NHL season is here, and that implies the time has come to break out the gem ball and make a few forecasts.

The magnificence of this season is that the conceivable outcomes are inestimable. Each group has some level of trust that this year can be preferable over the last (indeed, aside from the Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks). We have assembled a few intense expectations for the 2022-23 mission, including which groups could crash the postseason, how far those groups could go, and which players will pop. From that point forward, we get into which players will bring back home honors and which group will lift the Stanley Cup.

Intense Expectations

Nivison: The New Jersey Fallen angels will arrive at the end of the season games

The Fallen angels may be the lords of winning NHL offseasons. They've made a few critical increments in every one of the last couple of summers, however, the moves have prompted zero postseason appearances in four years. At the gamble of falling into that trap myself, I think this Demons group has an undeniable shot at arriving at the 2023 Stanley Cup End of season games. New Jersey is stacked with capable players younger than 25, led by Jack Hughes.

The group's basic numbers deserved a superior completion last season, yet horrifying goaltending sank the Fiends to the seventh spot in the division. Is Vitek Vanecek the hero between the lines? Likely not, however, he can't be any more terrible than what New Jersey got from that position last year, correct? The Villains get normal goaltending and come to the postseason interestingly starting around 2018.

Nivison: The Toronto Maple Leafs will arrive at the Eastern Gathering Finals

If somebody had no memory of ongoing NHL postseasons, they would take a gander at this list and can't help thinking about why this is a striking forecast. Yet, recollect... this is the Maple Leafs we're discussing. I remained on the table for them in front of the end-of-the-season games last year, just to see them tumble to the Tampa Cove Lightning in one more first-round exit. Fool me once, disgrace on you, yet I will eventually forget about it and ride with you again only months after the fact. This program is simply too tempting to even consider wagering against.

Auston Matthews is the dominant association MVP. Mitch Marner is a main-five winger in the association. William Nylander actually is by all accounts underestimated. The blue line is profound. The main inquiry concerning this group is in the net, and Toronto can score right in the clear when need be. However, this establishment has not seen the second round of the end-of-the-season games starting around 2004. That changes in 2023. Toronto gets through and goes on a profound run.

Nivison: Jason Robertson will lead the NHL in objectives

I needed to go way off the board for this final remaining one. With another agreement hot off the fax machine, Robertson is ready for a monstrous season with the Stars. Robertson is falling off a 41-objective season in 2021-22, and he has demonstrated that he can score in various ways. Robertson has the expertise and shot to set out his own scoring open doors, however being on the NHL's best line helps, and he knows all about the net. He won't hesitate to take discipline around the wrinkle to punch home a few oily objectives. At only 23, Robertson is as yet entering the prime of his profession, and he is set up pleasantly to fill the net in 2022-23.

Bengel: The Ottawa Legislators will end their season finisher dry spell

I honestly love what the Legislators did in the offseason. The front office swung for the walls when they gained Alex DeBrincat from the Chicago Blackhawks on draft night and left behind a lot of draft money to make it happen. Only days some other time when the free office opened, they landed winger Claude Giroux on a three-year agreement to carry a truly necessary veteran initiative to the group's storage space.

This was a group that scored simply 2.7 objectives per game last year and required a jolt. Adding two very capable playmakers to play on Ottawa's subsequent line is enormous, taking into account that they as of now have Josh Norris and Brady Tkachuk in the overlay. On the off chance that the protection can work on before goaltender Anton Forsberg, I have presumed that this is a season-finisher group.

Bengel: The Tampa Cove Lightning will be killed in the Primary Round of the Stanley Cup End of the season games

It might appear to be a bit untimely to place the Lightning in the grave so rapidly, however, the signs are there. This is the third-most established group in the NHL and it's basically not close to as gifted of a list as the one that went to the Stanley Cup Last in every one of the beyond three seasons. They will miss Ondrej Palat and Ryan McDonagh more than I suspect many individuals understand. I likewise feel that the Eastern Meeting will be unquestionably profound this season and that could without much of a stretch sign a first-round exit for the Lightning.

Bengel: Alex DeBrincat will lead the association in objectives

I'm likewise going to go off the board and foresee this season's objective scoring pioneer. As though you were unable to tell, I'm a major devotee to what the Congresspersons are building. DeBrincat is new off of a season wherein he scored 41 objectives playing close by Patrick Kane. Presently he'll skate on a line with Claude Giroux a greater part of the time and, while Giroux isn't exactly the playmaker that Kane is at this phase of his profession, he's as yet a tip-top passer that DeBrincat will profit from playing with. It absolutely won't astonish me to assume DeBrincat breaks his vocation high in objectives and leads the NHL in that area during the 2022-23 season.

Grant Expectations

These groups and players will get everyone's attention this season


  • Hart Prize: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Vezina Prize: Juuse Saros, Nashville Hunters
  • Norris Prize: Cale Makar, Colorado Torrential slide
  • Calder Prize: Marco Rossi, Minnesota Wild
  • Jack Adams Grant: Jim Montgomery, Boston Bruins


  • Hart Prize: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers
  • Vezina Prize: Jake Oettinger, Dallas Stars
  • Norris Prize: Roman Josi, Nashville Hunters
  • Calder Prize: Matty Beniers, Seattle Kraken
  • Jack Adams Grant: Jay Woodcroft, Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup Expectations


  • Western Meeting Last: Calgary Flares over Colorado Torrential slide
  • Eastern Meeting Last: Carolina Tropical storms over Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Stanley Cup Last: Calgary Blazes over Carolina Tropical storms


  • Western Meeting Last: Edmonton Oilers over Colorado Torrential slide
  • Eastern Meeting Last: New York Officers over Toronto Maple Leafs
  • Stanley Cup Last: New York Officers over Edmonton Oilers

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