good afternoon hockey fans.
And welcome to a welcome to the newest edition off top shelf hockey.
I am your host, as usual, Will long a Bach.
And today, as you could tell from the title we're going to be or Sorry, not we have, uh I want to be doing my bold predictions for the 2020 2021 NHL season, including awards, Stanley Cup and regular season.
But I could not fit that into the title.
Sorry for bad publicity.
What the heck? It was saying.
So we're gonna go through how this is gonna work.
We're gonna go through all the awards.
I'm gonna do all the awards, all the seating and who are predicting is going to do the best and worst in this energy all season.
Just gonna go to Google real quick.
And if you want to go down to the chat and type in who you think is going to win the Stanley Cup final next season and canned Evelyn is anyone if anyone wants to talk about how Nathan MacKinnon got robbed of the heart, weaken do that anyways, So we're going to start off with the awards because I'm not in the mood to talk about the Stanley Cup final right away.
I want to be some very hot takes later in the video, so be sure to watch follow for some epic hockey content.
We're going, Let's start off with the Heart Memorial.
My favorite award exemplifies the most valuable player for each of his team.
And, oh, by the way, before we start, anyone wonders.
What? Whose jersey? This is O G.
This is This is legit in Ogi, Jersey.
I've had this, like my dad gave me this jersey from his closet.
It's the sickest jersey I've ever known.
Was that my alternate McCain In Jersey, It's absolutely sick.
You start off with the heart memorial, as you guys all know who are watching this video.
The Hart Trophy exemplifies the most valuable player to his or her team.
We're going gender neutral here, and so my predictions for the three nominees Nathan MacKinnon, Carmack, David and I don't know.
For some reason I have been feeling that it's gonna be Johnny Gaudreau or Tyler Shagan.
I hate the guy, but I respect the way place.
Second, of course, is the no No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, no, Never mind.
Instead of Tyler Shake and we're going to go with David Posture, knock.
He was robbed of the nomination this year.
He's sure got one, but he didn't, and there's nothing else we could do about it now.
Of course, some people say you got robbed of it, robbed the heart this year, and I agree with them.
And sorry if I'm if I seemed kind of out of touch today because I have a hockey game in a couple hours.
Of course, it's not ice hockey.
I don't know how to skate you fools.
And so the heart Memorial.
I'm predicting Nathan MacKinnon to win this year because, like, e feel like he deserved it this year and he deserved it in 2018.
And you feel like he's gonna come out guns blazing.
The abs we're gonna do great next season have a tremendously encore.
Led by, of course, Nathan MacKinnon, Gate Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, Andre Burakovsky, J T.
Compher, Tyson, Jos, Andre Burakovsky and some other wonderful players.
So yeah, Nathan MacKinnon mhm for me.
It's gonna be I think it's gonna be between him and Pasha knock crash course Passion not he got there's absolutely insane this year.
Got a total of 48 goals.
I believe before you would have would you have gotten 50 had this season not been canceled? Who knows? I think you would have personally.
But But for now, like, I don't think that MK David should win another heart for now because he has dry side on his team.
He's still bad, man.
He's still the bad man to the dry sidles robin.
But I don't think that you can win.
The heart was such a great co star on your team.
And so, yeah, McKinnon.
He's great defender.
I mean, he's completed his game.
He's a complete player, I think.
McKinnon he wins.
The think McKinnon wins the heart this year, and we go on to the next ward.
This is also one of my favorites.
The collar Memorial.
As of now, I'm not.
I'm not familiar with the prospects.
I haven't finished my scouting reports yet, but I'm going to go with the obvious choice.
Alexis, Alexis la from there, because other than him, I don't know many of the other prospects.
Sorry, sue me now we're gonna go to the visit.
This is This is one of my favorites because it's like the goalie is the most important position in hockey, in my opinion has like if you don't have a goalie, you're getting basketball scores every night for hockey hockey game.
And everybody loves the fact that it's such a tight game.
But it's not a tight game if you score on every shift.
So I'm gonna go with, like, I personally I think that Agra Vasilevskiy was robbed of it.
Also took a Ross.
I don't think Hella Buck deserved the award last year.
I think I think my three nominees not not anyone from the Avalanche.
Don't you worry.
I think I think the three nominees they're gonna be Andrei Vasilevskiy, Robin Lehner and and, uh, Jordan Bennington.
I'm feeling that Jordan Bennington.
Some people say he already had his breakout season a couple of years ago, but personally, I don't I think that last year was kind of a bad year for him.
I feel like this is gonna be a bounce back year for him.
The blues we're gonna be Yeah, who knows? You might if they lose Pietrangelo, then he's not in this conference.
It then Bennington design In this conversation, I think I think that it all I like the state state of whether or not is whether or not Pietrangelo comes back because he's a cornerstone of the blues defense.
I don't know how if they'll be able to produce the same numbers with him, not on the team.
I think he's going thio be a factor.
I think him coming back to be a huge factor, and I think he's going, I think Jordan banking one Windy Award this year.
Personally, I think it would be either Aunt Bossy or which is my nickname Brown Dream Vasilevskiy.
By the way, I think it'll be either bossy or later. Later.
I don't like him for what he did to the ABS in the qualifying round or sorry, the round robin, Whatever.
I don't like him for what he did, but I respect the hell out of him.
He's gonna be an incredible player for Vegas.
Vegas says Vegas is very fortunate to have two incredible goaltender's and to be able to switch Uh, J I 678 Thanks for the 50 things.
Thank you brother. 50 text, bro.
And so I think later, later is going to be layers.
I think he's gonna be the starting goalie for them this year.
But Marc Andre Fleury is also going to get a bunch of is also going to get a bunch of games in.
But I think, personally, I think the night's air gonna lose flurry in the expansion drop to Seattle.
But they should have a year with Fleury, and they're gonna have a lot more years with later, I'll tell you that he's still young.
I don't know if he said it's prime yet.
Maybe this problems in New York.
But I think I think Vasilevskiy will win the award this year.
I think he's easily the best goalie in the league right now, but I don't think I think think it was bull crap that they gave it to Connor.
He's a great goalie.
Not gonna lie, but I don't think he was deserving of the vents in this year.
I think that the Vezina winner for this year will be Andrei Vasilevskiy, you know? Okay.
The Norris Mamore, the Norris Trophy.
I always love talking about the Norris because it was like, I also I love big guys.
Oh, my God, That came out so wrong because you guys couldn't tell them. Not jersey.
Like Adam was a top 10 goal.
What am I saying? Top 10 goalie because out of but was the top 10 defense defenseman in his time.
I think this year it's gonna be a lot of the young guys, these young guys, we're gonna start taking over and they're gonna start chopping heads and taking names soon.
Or however the expression goes, I'm not really in tune with the pop culture I'm now.
I think I think the that I'm just getting my nominees for the Norris's.
Here are Kelm a car.
It's gonna have another breakout year next year, I believe.
Mural high skin in a zoo, Much as I hate to say it because, like you guys, guy's an incredible player and I have to respect him and Victor Hedman, Victor Heavens, the best defenseman in the league.
And I think he's gonna I think he's going to continue his elite style of play with an elite team that hope that hopefully hopefully wins the Cup final this year.
I'm gonna be falling for him because I hate the stars.
And and I think if the heavens gonna continue to be great, but just but sorry, I consult my notebook.
Okay? So I think it'll be between Kalma Car and Nero e think it'll be between Kalma Car and Victor Heaven.
I think Miro's still got a couple of years before his breakout year.
He's a great defensive player, but he didn't exactly performed like he didn't exactly perform in the regular season and on Lee putting up 39 points in over 60 games, which is not good.
He's an incredible flight.
He's incredible defender.
But I think if you wanna win the already gotta gotta get some at least some points and you gotta, you know, I gotta get points.
If that's 60 assists, then it's 60 assists, but still you gotta get points.
I don't see e think Miro high skin and still has a breakout year ahead of them.
So for right now, I think Victor, I think I think it's gonna be Kalma car.
That's no, no, no, no, no.
I think it's gonna be Victor Hedman that wins the award this year.
He's He's a big guy.
He's gonna He's still gonna be legendary upfront.
It's gonna make the Hall of Fame one day.
So, yeah, that's only gonna spend talking about the North because, like, why would you give it to Roman Yosi? We went to the Whoever got the most points every year that would have gotten John Carlson the Art Ross Trophy.
I'm not gonna talk about that because it's just who's going to get the most points and everyone knows it's gonna be one of the Oiler boys.
The Selke Trophy.
I could see Nathan MacKinnon Winning was like He really do you really, you know, leveled up his defense.
Thio quote a video game last year in this in the playoffs, And I think he's gonna and I think the nominees they're going to be your usual.
Of course, it's gonna be Patrice Bergeron and Brian O Reilly.
But then I think Nathan MacKinnon is also going to be another nominee, and I think I think Nathan MacKinnon is gonna win the award this year because I think McKinnon has leveled.
I think I really do think that mechanic can become the next Patrice Bergeron, but with better defense.
If you if you if you're catching my drift, I think I think we can and wins the award this year.
I think he I think he's gonna take home a lot of hardware this year.
The abs, We're gonna take home a lot of hardware.
I think Nathan MacKinnon wins sulky, and we're gonna go on to the Lady Byng Award the nice guy award.
Okay, Personally, I don't really care about the lady being because think it's just like all you have to do.
Say nice things and don't go to the penalty box and get a lot of points.
Like I might get booted off this website for this for that opinion.
But it's my opinion.
I'm entitled to it.
I'm not gonna talk about it.
I mean, Jack Adams Award. Whoops.
The Jack, now the Jack Adams Award.
There's I'm not gonna say it's not important, but at the same time, nobody talks about that, or as much as they talk about, you know, a lady being or a jack out, or the heart award, or even the Rocket Rashard or Norris or called her I think the three nominees Air Gonna Be are Gonna Be Burst Cassidy as usual.
John Cooper because, like, I really feel like he's elevated his coaching strategies.
I think he's going to do a lot better this year with, Like, I think he's done.
I think he's gotten better with it.
The the adjustments that he's needed to make.
And I think the third is going to be Jared Bednar dinner ever.
Now I'm going to say something, and I think everybody is going to know exactly what I'm saying now for all you Colorado guys out there.
Jared Bednar and the Avalanche.
They were terrible in the first year that he was their coach.
They were absolutely terrible about 24 50 and No.
I believe I don't remember their record by heart, but that was terrible.
Their leading scorer was Nathan MacKinnon Duh and he had, like 54 points, which is absolutely dreadful.
But since then they haven't missed the playoffs.
It's incredible the turnaround, I think Ben are, but there was a strong competitors for the for this award.
I think Bruce Cassidy also make a great case with another great season like this year.
I think the team fell short of their original goal this year.
I think I think Cassidy is He's a hell of a coach.
He just doesn't do well in the playoffs.
He gets he gets a lot of results out of this players he the breakout of David Pasta knock will be one that will be felt in Boston.
They're gonna have a great team for years with that guy.
They have a great deep.
They have great depths and a great core, I feel, and they're gonna be incredible.
And but John John Cooper e feel like just I feel like you have to be there.
Be in this conversation.
If you have such a great team, all you gotta do is when, like, 30 games.
And and you're not even like Cooper is a great coach.
I'm not gonna front there, but I think, but I feel like it.
But I feel like if you have such as good of a team as he does, then you're guaranteed to be in the conversation like all you gotta do is just let those guys do what they gotta dio and They're gonna be great.
I feel like like, this is the year that the Avalanche truly gonna stick step up their game and, God, get up.
I feel like e feel like this is gonna be the album inches year.
I think Ben are wins the Jack Adams this year.
Now call me Bias.
Call me whatever you want, because I think the abs we're gonna they're really gonna be Are they stars? Winning in seven Really woke them up.
I think they're gonna step up their game a lot, a lot, and they're gonna win a lot Now, I'm not gonna talk about the Maurice Rashard because everybody knows that Alex Ovechkin is gonna win it as usual.
So we're gonna move on to the King Clancy ord.
This should exemplifies leadership, and everybody knows it's gonna be a captain.
And I think it's gonna be I have a feeling that it's gonna be Jamie Benn this year.
I'm not going to talk about it. He's a great leader.
And do you, Frank, I don't care.
I'm just gonna go on the Masters in the war.
It's gonna go to whoever has cancer and comes back the the gym Gregory G. M.
Of the year just shocking.
And now we're gonna move.
Um oh, Baba lover.
Thank you for the 200 ticks. My guy.
Really appreciate it.
So now we're gonna move on to the Stanley Cup the playoffs.
Do I think the one seeds are gonna be? I think it's gonna be the avalanche from the Central, because they to be honest, they really don't have a whole lot of other complication, especially a potentially use the blues.
And Bishop goes to f off.
I think the Gold Nights we're gonna win the the Pacific because they're gonna be great.
I don't exactly how We're not going to spend a lot of time talking about this.
I'm going to get into my bracket soon.
The the Atlantic.
I feel like the capper the Capitals is the are in the Atlantic, right? No, they're not the Atlantic.
I feel like Tampa is gonna win that our work is gonna e feel like Tampa is gonna win that division this year.
I mean, the only real competition they're gonna have is Boston and Toronto.
Everyone else, Toronto is gonna be a major disappointment, But everyone expects that.
Sorry leaves fans.
I think the Capitals Uh huh.
Of course, we're talking about the Metropolitan.
I feel like the capital's air kind of starting to fall off.
I don't who who's there? Knew who their new coach dad, there, they've had.
They've had two disappointing seasons the last couple of years under Todd Reardon that he didn't again.
I've said this before.
He didn't get enough out of this players that he didn't get.
He didn't get the fire out of his players that very trusted.
They didn't play hard.
They didn't play as hard for buried.
Wait, what the hell am I saying? And so I think I think I think the it'll be the Penguins or the Islanders that win the Atlantic this year, the Metropolitan this year.
I believe that the that the Islanders, we're gonna win win this year because, like Varlamov is gonna be.
I feel like Bailamos stepped it up in New York, which sucks because he was because he kind of shocked in Colorado.
Sorry, barley, and I feel like their core is really starting to step up with Anders Lee and Matt bars all and the old guy Andy Green who? I feel like it's gonna be decent for them Cow Clutterbuck And I think e think they're gonna win this year My breath and now my bracket I think it will be the number one seeded Avalanche facing off with the Calgary Flames.
You're gonna They're gonna make the playoffs.
But they're not gonna be a one seed or a two seed or three seed.
They're gonna be the last seated wife.
Carter, I think I don't think the predators make the playoffs this year.
I think the plants are also are gonna be there gonna be good.
They're not gonna be good that they're gonna be good enough to make the playoffs.
I think the Avalanche, you're gonna sweep the floor with them, literally.
Sweep, sweep, sweep, Avalanche win in four games and now the 23 match up.
I think it's gonna be Blackhawks are gonna be good this year, man.
I think I feel like dominant dominant.
Kulick is gonna really step up his game.
Kirby Doc's going to step up his game and I feel like if they can somehow keep Corey Crawford or let him go and pick up braiding Hopi.
I feel like there they could truly be a Stanley Cup contender.
But no, I think they're gonna make a wild card spot.
So I think it's gonna be the two seeded Dallas Stars as much as I hate Sit and the three seated who's in a Division E will be the three seated Winnipeg Jets.
As much as I hate the Jets because they've given the Avalanche fuss over the year, I think these things, they're gonna be the best teams in our division.
I think the I think the Dallas Stars, they're gonna wipe the floor with the E, wipe the floor with him.
And like, just to be clear, this is if the Blues don't resign.
They don't resign outs for change low.
They're not going to make the playoffs.
They're really not.
So I think Dallas beats beats the Winnipeg Jets in five games.
Now, moving on to the Civic side, I think it will be the one seeded Vegas Golden nice facing off with the Chicago Blackhawks.
I know match up from this year.
You're probably like, Oh, well, why do you have big? Why do you have Chicago in the playoffs.
I really feel I really feel it.
I think I think Chicago could draw a lot of players to the Thio, to the city.
It's a great city.
They're gonna have a lot of good sports teams.
And I think I think they're gonna like they're gonna, like all core Crawford.
And I think they're going to celebrate hope if they do that, I think there are a playoff team.
Their their defense.
Their defense is aging, but their offense is still gonna be incredible with Patty Cane.
Johnny Taste Alex to break it.
Kirby Dach, dominant public.
All those guys are gonna be really having really good NHL career so far.
And I think e think Vegas beats, um But I think they beat him.
And I don't think Chicago gives up without a fight.
I think that I think that I think will Uh huh.
I think Vegas beats Beats them in five games like this year again, we expand off, stretches my entire computer.
I'm getting way off topic.
And for the 23 max up, I think it's gonna be I would die.
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This is taking so having long.
I think it will be the Oilers and the Canucks that make the playoffs for them.
You're gonna be incredible this year.
What are really I really do feel like they're gonna be They're gonna do a lot better with Quinn Hughes and Brock Bester and Aaliyah's Paterson and all those other wonderful players.
But if they keep Yaka Markstrom somehow, then I think they're gonna I truly think they're gonna be e I truly think they're going to be a contender.
I think Vancouver beats and Metin in six games.
Now we're gonna I'm gonna do the semifinal semifinals for the playoffs.
I'm gonna do the western side or sorry, the western side.
And then we're gonna do the eastern side next, then the Stanley Cup.
Our man I feel like Colorado vs Dallas.
It's giving me PS PTSD already.
I think Colorado is gonna come back a lot stronger than they did last year.
I feel like they're gonna be a lot better than they were last year.
I feel like they're going to be a lot.
They're gonna be ready for them this'd year.
I think their defense is gonna be much improved.
Their forwards defense is going to be improved.
I think the Avalanche should get the Stars in six games.
Stop being easy.
Siri's like I thought it would be this year, but I think they win bend.
And now the Pacific Vegas vs Vancouver Scamp.
Oh, my God, Conspiracy.
I literally I literally got both of the semifinal matchups for the for just last year.
They dio that God, I can't insert means, can I? Dana, I think Vancouver is going to give him the bus.
I think they're going to get a couple games on them.
I think I think Vegas beats Vancouver in seven games and the conference finals.
I was hoping for this result last year.
Biggest vs Colorado, one seed in the conference versus the two seed in the conference.
Uh, I hope this happens because this is gonna be a heck of a Siri's biggest Colorado or two of the It would probably be a very evenly match.
Oh, ****ing speak right now.
It'll probably be a very evenly Max Siris.
Both are rely on their speed.
I feel like I feel like Vegas has a has a really good defense, but we're also gonna have a really good defense.
I think Colorado beats Vegas in seven games.
It's gonna It all comes down just like the guy that come through Colorado.
Simple as that away.
I still have to do the spot to get the East **** s.
So I think I think it would be one second.
I think for the what? For the I'm gonna start start out with the Atlantic.
I think it's gonna be the one seeded Tampa Bay Lightning versus the versus the second wild card New York Rangers.
I really feel like the E really feel like the Rangers.
They're gonna step up their game next year.
They're gonna happen, Erin.
They know they don't have zoo gorilla anymore.
They're gonna have Chris Kreider.
They're gonna have Alexis left. Rainier.
They're gonna have Jacob Trouba.
Their team is gonna be a lot improved.
Well, I think and he had type is just too strong.
That was just too strong to lose to the Rangers going tempo.
Tampa beats the Rangers in poor hold on my window.
Get away from there! Well, then I start.
Yeah, sorry I'm back.
I have to go discipline my dog for just a second.
Dorie, I've not hit dogs.
I'm not Michael Vick.
And I think it would be the two seed Boston Bruins against the three seed Florida Panthers.
I really feel like the Panthers have a bright future.
Barofsky is not gonna let in as many goals last year as they did this year.
Our next year is I didn't last year.
****! I'm sorry for my f bombs.
You're not corrupt. Me.
I'm not corrupting the youth.
Hopefully, I think Boston beats beats.
Um, Florida in six games, I think temp, I really I really do think Florida has a bright future behind Jonathan Huberdeau and Aleksander Barkov.
But yeah, I'm picking Boston doing the Siris for now.
And we're going to the Metropolitan.
I've got the one seeded New York Islanders facing off with the they sent out with the white first wildcard Toronto Maple Leafs.
They're gonna be another.
They're gonna be a disappointing team this year.
I'm not gonna lie.
I really like I love I love Austin Matthews.
I love Mitch Marner.
I love those guys. They're incredible.
They're gonna have.
Hopefully, they both go on to have incredible careers, but right now it's their dis.
They're they're just a disappointment.
Maybe signing Jonathan, Jonathan or not Jonathan.
John Tae's John Tamara's.
Maybe that wasn't such a great move for them.
I feel like e feel like I think Islanders beat the Islanders.
Beat the Beetle lives in five games as I don't see the leaves taking the Siri's to higher than six games.
Uh, now, next we got.
I think I think it will be the Flyers and the Capitals.
Capitals are the Capitals are past their prime? A.
So much as I hate to say it, I love the team.
I love their put.
I love the players I love.
I love Alex Ovechkin.
I like their core, I really do.
But I don't think I think they're this team.
Uh, seems cup window is closing rapidly.
I think Flyers beat the Capitals in six games.
Now we go on to the semifinals.
Cap the Rangers, Not not the Rangers.
Let's start in the Atlantic where Sorry, how much off topic.
Yeah, I have Islanders.
Am I really doing this again? I think the Flyers, the Flyers, they're gonna be legit next year.
They're gonna I think they're gonna continue their streak.
And I think I think they're gonna be, I think Islanders.
I think the Islanders air also gonna be a really, really good team this year.
It's gonna be another really good match up.
I think I think that I think I think Islander I think flyers be Islanders in seven games.
And wait a minute.
Did I seriously do this again? Bruins Lightning.
I got the same matchups for both conferences.
What is wrong with me? I think the Lightning.
I think the Lightning destroyed the Bruins.
I think they went in.
I think they win Siris in five games.
I don't I think the Bruins bruise.
We're a great team, but I don't think they're gonna I do not think they're getting enough to compete with the Lightning this this next year.
And now for the finals.
I really like this Siri's.
So it's the magic of the best offense and the best defense.
I think the whitening prevail if they win the Siris in seven games.
Of course, the biggest factors inevitably gonna be Claude Giroux in the syriza.
If he performs, I think the Flyers can beat him.
But if he doesn't, which I don't think he would, he would.
I think, the whitening with and again these airway too early predictions for this next season.
And I think Lightning Avalanche, Wow, I think even realize how good of a metric asses I think the Avalanche the Avalanche have are capable of beating the Lightning.
I really dio the Lightning or one of the best Lightning or one of the best teams, the Avalanche or one of the best teams.
I think the city's is gonna come down to the defense's.
There's like both of these teams were going to score a lot of goals and their top lives or each gonna get a lot of points.
It all comes down to the defense that who I think is gonna the guy who I think is gonna win the Norris this year.
Victor Hedman versus the Avalanche with their young defensive corps of Eric Johnson, Kalma car, same Dirar and all those one in all that wonderful ****.
I think you guys were gonna call me Bias for this.
You're gonna call me Super Bias? I already know you are, but I think the Avalanche win in seven games.
Oh, and we are out of time.
I will See you guys later.