Sportsnet’s Bold Predictions for 2022

Hockey fans sign along to the Canadian national anthem prior to the NHL pre-season game between the Vancouver Canucks and the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver, Saturday, October 9, 2021. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press)

With the new year on the horizon, we’re putting our boldest predictions for 2022 on the record.

From Canadian teams to the leagues they play in, and more, find the latest as they’re published right here.

Note: This page will continue to be updated as the final days of 2021 unfold. Check back daily for new stories.

Canadian NHL team predictions




3 bold Maple Leafs predictions for 2022

Does Jack Campbell stay? Will the Leafs win a playoff round? Ahead of the new year, Luke Fox makes three bold predictions for the boys in blue in 2022 (plus a few more).

Here are three bold predictions for the Toronto Maple Leafs.




3 bold Canucks predictions for 2022

Does Quinn Hughes have trophy votes in his future? Is coach Bruce Boudreau here to stay? Ahead of the new year, Iain MacIntyre makes three bold predictions for the Vancouver Canucks in 2022.

Here are three bold predictions for the Vancouver Canucks.



3 bold Senators predictions for 2022

Can Matt Murray find his game after a stint in Belleville? Will the Ottawa Senators continue to climb the standings after a promising December. Wayne Scanlan offers three bold predictions for the Senators in 2022.

Here are three bold predictions for the Ottawa Senators.




3 bold Oilers predictions for 2022

For years the Oilers’ thinking has been to surround McDavid and Draisaitl with enough Top 6 wingers so they can thrive. The problem? Edmonton hasn’t won squat — and a major reason for that is a lack of depth. Mark Spector predicts that will change in 2022.

Here are three bold predictions for the Edmonton Oilers.




3 bold Flames predictions for 2022

Can Calgary and the Flames solve their issues and make an arena deal? Is Mark Giordano destined to return to Calgary in a trade? Eric Francis tries to answer these questions as he makes three bold Flames predictions for 2022.

Here are three bold predictions for the Calgary Flames




3 bold Canadiens predictions for 2022

Does Brendan Gallagher get traded by this year’s deadline? Will the host city receive the first overall pick in the upcoming NHL Entry Draft? Ahead of the new year, Eric Engels makes three bold predictions for the Montreal Canadiens in 2022.

Here are three bold predictions for the Montreal Canadiens




3 bold Jets predictions for 2022

Could Pierre-Luc Dubois sign a mega-contract? Will Kyle Connor finally get some overdue recognition? As the calendar flips to 2022, Ken Wiebe makes three bold predictions for the Winnipeg Jets in the new year.

Here are three bold predictions for the Winnipeg Jets





League and sport predictions for the coming year



3 bold NHL predictions for 2022

The NHL hasn’t seen a threepeat champion since the New York Islanders opened the 1980s with a four-crown dynasty. This season, the Tampa Bay Lightning will become the next one, cementing their place as the greatest team of the salary cap era.

Here are three bold predictions for next year in hockey




5 bold basketball predictions for 2022

It seems every day players are entering the NBA’s health and safety protocols and games are being postponed. It’s logical to think a pause on the season might be in the cards in the near future, however, Steve Loung predicts that’s not going to happen.

Here are five bold predictions for next year in basketball.




5 bold NFL predictions for 2022

Throughout 2021, the NFL brought it all – drama, trades, triumph and disappointment. And that was all before the season even started. The NFL also brought us a sense of normalcy at times – Tom Brady did win the Super Bowl, after all… what’s more normal than that?

But now the future of football awaits, and 2022’s NFL holds plenty of intrigue.

Here are five bold predictions for next year in football.




5 bold MLB predictions for 2022

Will a new Blue Jays player win the AL batting? Can the next generation take the next step for the Rays and Royals? While baseball fans wait for the lockout to end, Ben Nicholson-Smith makes five bold predictions for the 2022 MLB season.

Here are five bold predictions for the MLB season.




Bold F1 predictions for 2022

Could some big shakeups come to Mercedes? Will Mick Schumacher take the next step? After a whirlwind 2021 season, Jonathan Brazeau makes some bold predictions for the Formula 1 season.

Here are five bold predictions for the F1 season.




Bold UFC predictions for 2022

Can Khamzat Chimaev take the next step towards stardom? Will Valentina Shevchenko end the year a double champion? As UFC slowly returns to normalcy, Mike Johnston makes some bold predictions for the 2022 UFC season.

Here are some bold predictions for the UFC season.




5 bold world soccer predictions for 2022

In many ways, 2021 was a breakout year for Canadian soccer. The women’s team struck gold at the Tokyo Olympics, while the men’s side put the rest of CONCACAF on notice during the World Cup qualifiers. So, what’s in store for 2022? We gaze into the crystal ball and take a confident look at the year ahead.

Here are five bold predictions for the next year in world soccer.

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