Dobber Hockey Pre-Season Experts Panel – 2014

by steve laidlaw on October 3, 2014 | (0 Comments)

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The Dobber Hockey writers get you ready for the season ahead picking their favourites for top 10 scorers, top defensemen, best goalies, sleepers and make their playoff picks.

 

Welcome to the first annual DobberHockey Pre-Season Experts Panel. We do these every year prior to the playoffs so it only made sense to give the idea a go to help you prepare for the season.

 

Top 10 Scorers (Points Only):

Dobber

Crosby

Getzlaf

P. Kane

Giroux

Stamkos

Kessel

Ovechkin

Tavares

Hall

Backstrom

Laidlaw

Crosby

Stamkos

P. Kane

Tavares

Hall

Giroux

Seguin

Getzlaf

Perry

Malkin

Hoos

Crosby

Tavares

Stamkos

Seguin

Getzlaf

Benn

P. Kane

Ovechkin

Malkin

Kopitar

Fragopoulos

Crosby

Seguin

Stamkos

P. Kane

Ovechkin

Hall

Perry

Giroux

Tavares

Backstrom

Wilson

Crosby

Stamkos

Getzlaf

Perry

Ovechkin

P. Kane

Kessel

Seguin

MacKinnon

Benn

Roos

Crosby

Tavares

Stamkos

Ovechkin

Hall

Giroux

Seguin

Malkin

H. Sedin

Kessel

Miller

Crosby

Giroux

Malkin

Stamkos

Seguin

P. Kane

Ovechkin

Hall

Tavares

Backstrom

Pudsey

Crosby

Stamkos

Giroux

Getzlaf

Tavares

Seguin

Perry

Hall

Benn

Ovechkin

Brouwer

Stamkos

Crosby

Tavares

Getzlaf

Ovechkin

Seguin

Kessel

Malkin

P. Kane

Backstrom

Wassel

Stamkos

Crosby

Tavares

Malkin

Ovechkin

Seguin

Perry

Backstrom

Giroux

Getzlaf

Campkin

Crosby

Ovechkin

Stamkos

Malkin

Tavares

Hall

Backstrom

MacKinnon

Seguin

Kessel

Lancione

Crosby

Stamkos

Ovechkin

Giroux

Getzlaf

MacKinnon

Pavelski

Parise

Perry

P. Kane

Guzzwell

Crosby

Giroux

Stamkos

Malkin

P. Kane

Hall

Ovechkin

Seguin

Backstrom

Getzlaf

Consensus

Crosby

Stamkos

Ovechkin

Tavares

Seguin

Getzlaf

P. Kane

Giroux

Malkin

Hall

 

We start things off with the smorgasbord that is the Top 10 Scorers list. In total, 18 players received votes. Only Crosby and Stamkos were unanimously in the top 10, which is crazy if you think about it. I would have bet anything that the likes of Tavares, Giroux and Hall would be unanimous as well but the writers had other ideas. Definitely an interesting exercise.

 

Individual Awards:

 

Sleeper

Calder

Richard

Dobber

Hornqvist

Kuznetsov

Ovechkin

Laidlaw

Wheeler

Kuznetsov

Ovechkin

Hoos

Hornqvist

Drouin

Tavares

Fragopoulos

 

Drouin

Stamkos

Wilson

Kadri

Gaudreau

Stamkos

Roos

van Riemsdyk

Domi

Stamkos

Miller

Couture

Kuznetsov

Ovechkin

Pudsey

Nugent-Hopkins

Gaudreau

Ovechkin

Brouwer

Hornqvist

Drouin

Ovechkin

Wassel

Simmonds

Drouin

Ovechkin

Campkin

Scheifele

 

Ovechkin

Lancione

Nyquist

Gibson

Ovechkin

Guzzwell

Nugent-Hopkins

Kuznetsov

Stamkos

Consensus

Hornqvist

Kuznetsov/Drouin

Ovechkin

 

The top sleeper (player who would break 70 points that hadn’t before) was fairly split but Hornqvist was a common pick.

 

Drouin/Kuznetsov split the majority vote for Calder.

 

Ovechkin looks like the best bet to lead the league in goals once again, with Stamkos stealing a few votes.

 

Top Five Defensemen (Points Only):

Dobber

Karlsson

Subban

Weber

Hedman

Yandle

Laidlaw

Karlsson

Subban

Weber

Hedman

Yandle

Hoos

Subban

Karlsson

Weber

Pietrangelo

Goligoski

Fragopoulos

Karlsson

Subban

Pietrangelo

Weber

Hedman

Wilson

Karlsson

Weber

Subban

Keith

Hedman

Roos

Karlsson

Subban

Weber

McDonagh

Kronwall

Miller

Karlsson

Letang

Green

Keith

Byfuglien

Pudsey

Karlsson

Weber

Hedman

Subban

Yandle

Brouwer

Weber

Karlsson

Hedman

Subban

Pietrangelo

Wassel

Karlsson

Weber

Subban

Ekman-Larsson

Hedman

Campkin

Karlsson

Subban

Weber

Yandle

Pietrangelo

Lancione

Karlsson

Suter

Keith

Weber

Subban

Guzzwell

Karlsson

Subban

Letang

Weber

Yandle

Consensus

Karlsson

Subban

Weber

Hedman

Yandle

 

Not much dissention among the picks for the top five defensemen. While there were some differences of opinion among the writers about placement the consensus agreed with the five that Dobber and I each took exactly.

 

Top Five Goalies (Wins + Shutouts):

Dobber

Rask

Price

Lundqvist

Fleury

Holtby

Laidlaw

Rask

Fleury

Price

Bishop

Lundqvist

Hoos

Rask

Price

Lundqvist

Lehtonen

Crawford

Fragopoulos

Rask

Lundqvist

Price

Lehtonen

Quick

Wilson

Varlamov

Fleury

Price

Rask

Lundqvist

Roos

Rask

Lundqvist

Bobrovsky

Price

Schneider

Miller

Rask

Lundqvist

Bishop

Price

Fleury

Pudsey

Rask

Lundqvist

Bobrovsky

Price

Fleury

Brouwer

Bishop

Rask

Price

Bobrovsky

Quick

Wassel

Bobrovsky

Varlamov

Fleury

Quick

Lundqvist

Campkin

Rask

Lundqvist

Price

Bishop

Schneider

Lancione

Rask

Lundqvist

Varlamov

Schneider

Quick

Guzzwell

Rask

Fleury

Quick

Lundqvist

Price

Consensus

Rask

Lundqvist

Price

Fleury

Quick

 

11 goalies in total received love in this section. Rask was nearly a unanimous top pick. Lundqvist made almost everyone’s list but my own. Price and Fleury came in as frequent third and fourth options.

 

The fifth spot wasn’t much of a consensus. Quick came in on only five lists, which was good enough for the spot final “consensus” spot. Take that to mean there’s a clear demarcation between the top four options and everyone else.

 

Division Winners (President’s Trophy winner in bold):

Dobber

St. Louis

Anaheim

Boston

Pittsburgh

Laidlaw

Chicago

San Jose

Boston

Pittsburgh

Hoos

Chicago

Los Angeles

Boston

Pittsburgh

Fragopoulos

Chicago

San Jose

Boston

NY Rangers

Wilson

St. Louis

Anaheim

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

Roos

St. Louis

San Jose

Boston

Pittsburgh

Miller

Colorado

Anaheim

Boston

Washington

Pudsey

St. Louis

Anaheim

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

Brouwer

St. Louis

Anaheim

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

Wassel

St. Louis

Anaheim

Boston

Columbus

Campkin

St. Louis

Los Angeles

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

Lancione

Chicago

San Jose

Boston

Pittsburgh

Guzzwell

Chicago

San Jose

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

Consensus

St. Louis

Anaheim

Boston

Pittsburgh

 

The only firm conclusion that we could come up with was that Pittsburgh looked great to win the Metro Division.

 

St. Louis narrowly edged Chicago in the Central, as well as for the President’s Trophy, which was seemingly a three horse race, with Anaheim finishing third. I was the only one to pick an Eastern team to lead the league as everyone else seemingly forgot how unbalanced the schedule is for the favourites in the East versus their counterparts out West.

 

The votes were split evenly among the three juggernauts in the Pacific with Anaheim taking a slim edge.

 

Boston fended off a some Tampa Bay entuisiasts in the Atlantic.

 

East Playoff Teams:

Dobber

Boston

Montreal

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

Columbus

NY Rangers

Washington

NY Islanders

Laidlaw

Boston

Tampa Bay

Montreal

Detroit

Pittsburgh

Washington

NY Islanders

New Jersey

Hoos

Boston

Montreal

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

NY Rangers

NY Islanders

Washington

Fragopoulos

NY Rangers

Boston

Montreal

Tampa Bay

Philadelphia

Washington

Toronto

Pittsburgh

Wilson

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

Montreal

Boston

NY Rangers

Washington

Toronto

NY Islanders

Roos

Boston

Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay

Toronto

Columbus

NY Rangers

Philadelphia

Washington

Miller

Boston

Washington

Tampa Bay

Detroit

Pittsburgh

Philadelphia

NY Rangers

Columbus

Pudsey

Tampa Bay

Boston

Montreal

Detroit

Pittsburgh

Columbus

Philadelphia

NY Rangers

Brouwer

Tampa Bay

Boston

Montreal

Detroit

Pittsburgh

Columbus

NY Islanders

Washington

Wassel

Columbus

Pittsburgh

NY Rangers

New Jersey

NY Islanders

Boston

Tampa Bay

Montreal

Campkin

Boston

Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay

Montreal

NY Rangers

Columbus

New Jersey

Washington

Lancione

Boston

Pittsburgh

Tampa Bay

Detroit

NY Rangers

Philadelphia

Washington

Toronto

Guzzwell

Tampa Bay

NY Rangers

Pittsburgh

New Jersey

Boston

Washington

Columbus

Detroit

Consensus

Boston

Tampa Bay

Pittsburgh

Washington

NY Rangers

Montreal

Columbus

???

 

It doesn’t seem like we could get a real consensus in the East. Only three teams (Boston, Tampa Bay and Pittsburgh) were unanimous selections. Washington and the NY Rangers were nearly unanimous, which is a bit terrifying considering the Capitals weren’t all that good last year. Montreal and Columbus were the next most favourite teams though neither received more than three quarters of the vote.

 

Finally, we couldn’t come to a consensus for the final spot with Detroit, Philadelphia and the NY Islanders all receiving half the vote.

 

Toronto and New Jersey were also picked by at least one third of the staff.

 

It seems like the only true consensus is that none of Buffalo, Florida, Ottawa or Carolina have a shot.

 

West Playoff Teams:

Dobber

St. Louis

Minnesota

Chicago

Dallas

Colorado

Anaheim

San Jose

Los Angeles

Laidlaw

Chicago

St. Louis

Dallas

Minnesota

Nashville

San Jose

Anaheim

Los Angeles

Hoos

Los Angeles

Anaheim

San Jose

Chicago

St. Louis

Dallas

Minnesota

Vancouver

Fragopoulos

Chicago

St. Louis

San Jose

Anaheim

Los Angeles

Dallas

Nashville

Colorado

Wilson

St. Louis

Anaheim

Colorado

Chicago

Los Angeles

San Jose

Dallas

Minnesota

Roos

St. Louis

San Jose

Chicago

Colorado

Dallas

Nashville

Anaheim

Los Angeles

Miller

Anaheim

San Jose

Los Angeles

Colorado

St. Louis

Chicago

Minnesota

Dallas

Pudsey

St. Louis

Chicago

Colorado

Dallas

Minnesota

Anaheim

Los Angeles

San Jose

Brouwer

St. Louis

Chicago

Colorado

Dallas

Minnesota

Anaheim

San Jose

Los Angeles

Wassel

St. Louis

Chicago

Dallas

Colorado

Minnesota

Los Angeles

Anaheim

San Jose

Campkin

St. Louis

Chicago

Los Angeles

Minnesota

Dallas

San Jose

Anaheim

Colorado

Lancione

Chicago

San Jose

Los Angeles

St. Louis

Minnesota

Anaheim

Colorado

Edmonton

Guzzwell

Chicago

St. Louis

Anaheim

Dallas

Los Angeles

Minnesota

San Jose

Vancouver

Consensus

Chicago

St. Louis

Dallas

Minnesota

Colorado

San Jose

Los Angeles

Anaheim

 

Out West there is much more of a consensus, with only a few dissenters calling for the Avalanche or Stars to fall out of the playoffs. I myself have Nashville replacing Colorado but Vancouver and Edmonton were also picked to leap into the playoffs. The consensus says we see a repeat of last year’s playoff picture out West. 

 

Now you're all set for the season to start next week. How did you like our picks?

 

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