Last season, I made predictions about the Sharks and the NHL in general, and mainly I did pretty bad. Here’s a quick look back at my predictions and what actually happened.
Prediction Number 1: Joe Pavelski will be the new Sharks captain.
We all know how that one turned out. 4 As, no C. That’s supposedly going to change this season, so maybe I’ll re-use this one.
Prediction Number 2: The Sharks will continue to publicly alienate both Thornton and Marleau.
Eh, not really. It was pretty obvious that there was tension, and the whole “Doug needs to shut his mouth” thing from Jumbo, there wasn’t much. But you could tell it was wearing on the team privately.
Prediction Number 3: Vancouver won’t suck nearly as much.
Hey, I got one right! Although it wasn’t going to be hard to top their Tortorella-level shittiness. I did predict that they’d end up no higher than 4th in the Pacific though. They finished 2nd. I also predicted that the Sharks would beat them in every regular season match-up. The Sharks ended up 2-3-0 against them. So…wrong!
Prediction Number 4: The Ducks will win the Pacific, again.
Yep. Nailed it. Although that one wasn’t that bold of a prediction.
Prediction Number 5: The Sharks will finish 2nd in the Pacific.
Nope. Not even close.
Prediction Number 6: The Avalanche will struggle this year.
Remember two seasons ago when Patrick Roy led the Avalanche to the playoffs in his rookie season as coach? That was fun. They were due to regress, but I had no idea just how far they would fall last season.
Prediction Number 7: The Blackhawks will win the West.
Another one right. Although I thought they’d beat the Kings to get there.
Prediction Number 8: The Penguins will win the Cup.
HAHAHA what was I thinking?!? The way things are going in Pittsburgh, those fools will never win another one.
And, finally…for your viewing pleasure. My final predictions by division, with actual standings in red:
Kings Flames (who would have seen this one coming?)
Wild Stars (what a disappointment)
Canadiens Red Wings (will these guys ever not be competitive?)
Maple Leafs Senators
Red Wings Bruins
Panthers Maple Leafs (will these guys ever be competitive?)
Total: 1/8 (thanks, Buffalo!)
Devils Blue Jackets
Blue Jackets Flyers
Not my best showing, but don’t worry. I have another season to get all my predictions wrong. Check back next week.