Sportsnet NHL Insider predictions for 2021-22 season

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Vancouver Canucks in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Darryl Dyck/CP

After a short off-season the NHL returns Tuesday night in what we all hope is something close to a normal season. Of course, some NHLers will be off to the Olympics in February if everything goes smoothly, but let's root for a healthy 82-game season.

We've assembled a panel of 18 Sportsnet experts to share their predictions on things such as the Cup winner, individual award winners, and which organization Jack Eichel will be a part of after this season's trade deadline.

TEAM QUESTIONS

Atlantic Division regular season winner

Elliotte Friedman: Tampa Bay
Caroline Cameron: Tampa Bay
David Amber: Florida
Jeff Marek: Toronto
Luke Fox: Tampa Bay
Eric Francis: Florida
Gene Principe: Toronto
Gord Stellick: Tampa Bay
Ken Wiebe: Florida
Sean Reynolds: Toronto
Dan Murphy: Tampa Bay
Justin Bourne: Tampa Bay
Nick Kypreos: Florida
Eric Engels: Toronto
Christine Simpson: Tampa
Ryan Dixon: Toronto
Iain MacIntyre: Florida
Mark Spector: Florida

Metropolitan Division regular season winner

Elliotte Friedman: Islanders
Caroline Cameron: Islanders
David Amber: Islanders
Jeff Marek: Carolina
Luke Fox: Carolina
Eric Francis: Carolina
Gene Principe: Pittsburgh
Gord Stellick: Carolina
Ken Wiebe: Carolina
Sean Reynolds: Carolina
Dan Murphy: Islanders
Justin Bourne: Islanders
Nick Kypreos: Carolina
Eric Engels: Islanders
Christine Simpson: Islanders
Ryan Dixon: Carolina
Iain MacIntyre: Islanders
Mark Spector: Carolina

Pacific Division regular season winner

Elliotte Friedman: Vegas
Caroline Cameron: Vegas
David Amber: Vancouver
Jeff Marek: Edmonton
Luke Fox: Vegas
Eric Francis: Vegas
Gene Principe: Edmonton
Gord Stellick: Vegas
Ken Wiebe: Vegas
Sean Reynolds: Vegas
Dan Murphy: Vegas
Justin Bourne: Vegas
Nick Kypreos: Vegas
Eric Engels: Vegas
Christine Simpson: Vegas
Ryan Dixon: Vegas
Iain MacIntyre: Vegas
Mark Spector: Vegas

Central Division regular season winner

Elliotte Friedman: Colorado
Caroline Cameron: Colorado
David Amber: Colorado
Jeff Marek: Colorado
Luke Fox: Colorado
Eric Francis: Colorado
Gene Principe: Colorado
Gord Stellick: Colorado
Ken Wiebe: Colorado
Sean Reynolds: Colorado
Dan Murphy: Colorado
Justin Bourne: Colorado
Nick Kypreos: Colorado
Eric Engels: Colorado
Christine Simpson: Colorado
Ryan Dixon: Winnipeg
Iain MacIntyre: Colorado
Mark Spector: Colorado

Conference Champions

Elliotte Friedman: Islanders, Colorado
Caroline Cameron: Colorado, Tampa
David Amber: Islanders, Colorado
Jeff Marek: Winnipeg, Tampa Bay
Luke Fox: Colorado, Tampa Bay
Eric Francis: Colorado, Carolina
Gene Principe: Edmonton, Pittsburgh
Gord Stellick: Winnipeg, Carolina
Ken Wiebe: Vegas, NY Islanders
Sean Reynolds: Florida, Colorado
Dan Murphy: Carolina, Colorado
Justin Bourne: Tampa Bay, Colorado
Nick Kypreos: Islanders, Colorado
Eric Engels: Islanders, Colorado
Christine Simpson: Tampa, Colorado
Ryan Dixon: Islanders, Colorado
Iain MacIntyre: Islanders, Vegas
Mark Spector: Islanders, Colorado

Stanley Cup winner

Elliotte Friedman: I'm picking Colorado until they win
Caroline Cameron: Colorado
David Amber: Colorado
Jeff Marek: Tampa Bay
Luke Fox: Colorado
Eric Francis: Colorado
Gene Principe: Edmonton
Gord Stellick: Winnipeg
Ken Wiebe: Vegas
Sean Reynolds: Colorado
Dan Murphy: Colorado
Justin Bourne: Tampa Bay
Nick Kypreos: Colorado
Eric Engels: Islanders
Christine Simpson: Tampa
Ryan Dixon: Colorado
Iain MacIntyre: Islanders
Mark Spector: Colorado

Team most likely to exceed expectations:

Elliotte Friedman: I was going to pick New Jersey, but with MacKenzie Blackwood's situation uncertain, I'm going with Winnipeg
Caroline Cameron: Vancouver
David Amber: Philadelphia
Jeff Marek: Los Angeles
Luke Fox: Winnipeg
Eric Francis: Vancouver
Gene Principe: Seattle
Gord Stellick: Los Angeles
Ken Wiebe: Vancouver
Sean Reynolds: Chicago
Dan Murphy: Los Angeles
Justin Bourne: Carolina
Nick Kypreos: Islanders
Eric Engels: Calgary
Christine Simpson: Ottawa
Ryan Dixon: Calgary
Iain MacIntyre: Seattle
Mark Spector: Vancouver

Team most likely to disappoint:

Elliotte Friedman: St. Louis
Caroline Cameron: Buffalo
David Amber: St. Louis
Jeff Marek: Washington
Luke Fox: Pittsburgh
Eric Francis: Montreal
Gene Principe: Philadelphia
Gord Stellick: San Jose
Ken Wiebe: Boston
Sean Reynolds: Montreal
Dan Murphy: Washington
Justin Bourne: Vegas
Nick Kypreos: Pittsburgh
Eric Engels: Edmonton
Christine Simpson: Washington
Ryan Dixon: Washington
Iain MacIntyre: St. Louis
Mark Spector: Toronto

AWARD QUESTIONS

Hart Trophy winner

Elliotte Friedman: Nathan MacKinnon
Caroline Cameron: Connor McDavid
David Amber: Nathan MacKinnon
Jeff Marek: Connor McDavid
Luke Fox: Connor McDavid
Eric Francis: Connor McDavid
Gene Principe: Connor McDavid
Gord Stellick: Connor McDavid
Ken Wiebe: Nathan MacKinnon
Sean Reynolds: Connor McDavid
Dan Murphy: Connor McDavid
Justin Bourne: Connor McDavid
Nick Kypreos: Nathan MacKinnon
Eric Engels: Connor McDavid
Christine Simpson: Connor McDavid
Ryan Dixon: Aleksander Barkov
Iain MacIntyre: Connor McDavid
Mark Spector: Connor McDavid

Art Ross Trophy winner

Elliotte Friedman: Connor McDavid
Caroline Cameron: Connor McDavid
David Amber: Connor McDavid
Jeff Marek: Connor McDavid
Luke Fox: Connor McDavid
Eric Francis: Connor McDavid
Gene Principe: Connor McDavid
Gord Stellick: Connor McDavid
Ken Wiebe: Connor McDavid
Sean Reynolds: Connor McDavid
Dan Murphy: Connor McDavid
Justin Bourne: Connor McDavid
Nick Kypreos: Connor McDavid
Eric Engels: Connor McDavid
Christine Simpson: Connor McDavid
Ryan Dixon: Connor McDavid
Iain MacIntyre: Connor McDavid
Mark Spector: Connor McDavid

Calder Trophy winner

Elliotte Friedman: Spencer Knight
Caroline Cameron: Cole Caufield
David Amber: Cole Caufield
Jeff Marek: Trevor Zegras
Luke Fox: Cole Caufield
Eric Francis: Arthur Kaliyev
Gene Principe: Cole Caufield
Gord Stellick: Cole Caufield
Ken Wiebe: Cole Caufield
Sean Reynolds: Cole Caufield
Dan Murphy: Quinton Byfield
Justin Bourne: Cole Caufield
Nick Kypreos: Cole Caufield
Eric Engels: Shane Pinto
Christine Simpson: Cole Caufield
Iain MacIntyre: Cole Caufield
Mark Spector: Arthur Kaliyev

Norris Trophy winner

Elliotte Friedman: Cale Makar
Caroline Cameron: Cale Makar
David Amber: Victor Hedman
Jeff Marek: Cale Makar
Luke Fox: Cale Makar
Eric Francis: Cale Makar
Gene Principe: Cale Makar
Gord Stellick: Seth Jones
Ken Wiebe: Cale Makar
Sean Reynolds: Cale Makar
Dan Murphy: Dougie Hamilton
Justin Bourne: Cale Makar
Nick Kypreos: Cale Makar
Eric Engels: Victor Hedman
Christine Simpson: Cale Makar
Ryan Dixon: Victor Hedman
Iain MacIntyre: Cale Makar
Mark Spector: Cale Makar

Vezina Trophy winner

Elliotte Friedman: Jacob Markstrom
Caroline Cameron: Andrei Vasilevskiy
David Amber: Connor Hellebuyck
Jeff Marek: Igor Shesterkin
Luke Fox: Andrei Vasilevskiy
Eric Francis: Andrei Vasilevskiy
Gene Principe: Andrei Vasilevskiy
Gord Stellick: Andrei Vasilevskiy
Ken Wiebe: Connor Hellebuyck
Sean Reynolds: Darcy Kuemper
Dan Murphy: Thatcher Demko
Justin Bourne: Andrei Vasilevskiy
Nick Kypreos: Ilya Sorokin
Eric Engels: Jacob Markstrom
Christine Simpson: Andrei Vasilevskiy
Ryan Dixon: Frederik Andersen
Iain MacIntyre: Andrei Vasilevskiy
Mark Spector: Darcy Kuemper

Jack Adams Trophy winner

Elliotte Friedman: Since the team that exceeds expectations has a great shot, I will go with Paul Maurice
Caroline Cameron: Jeremy Colliton
David Amber: Travis Green
Jeff Marek: Dean Evason
Luke Fox: Gerard Gallant
Eric Francis: Travis Green
Gene Principe: Dave Tippett
Gord Stellick: Paul Maurice
Ken Wiebe: Travis Green
Sean Reynolds: Jared Bednar
Dan Murphy: Jared Bednar
Justin Bourne: Barry Trotz
Nick Kypreos: Barry Trotz
Eric Engels: Barry Trotz
Christine Simpson: Jon Cooper
Ryan Dixon: Paul Maurice
Iain MacIntyre: Jared Bednar
Mark Spector: Paul Maurice

MISCELLANEOUS

How many points will the Art Ross winner score?

Elliotte Friedman: McDavid might get 1,000
Caroline Cameron: 124
David Amber: 133
Jeff Marek: 130
Luke Fox: 144
Eric Francis: 125
Gene Principe: 156
Gord Stellick: 122
Ken Wiebe: 118
Sean Reynolds: 144
Dan Murphy: 127
Justin Bourne: 160
Nick Kypreos: 137
Eric Engels: 121
Christine Simpson: 150
Ryan Dixon: 127
Iain MacIntyre: 148
Mark Spector: 150

Which organization will Jack Eichel be a part of after the trade deadline?

Elliotte Friedman: Anaheim
Caroline Cameron: New York Rangers
David Amber: New York Rangers
Jeff Marek: Calgary
Luke Fox: Calgary
Eric Francis: Anaheim
Gene Principe: Buffalo
Gord Stellick: New York Rangers
Ken Wiebe: Anaheim
Sean Reynolds: Buffalo
Dan Murphy: Anaheim
Justin Bourne: New York Rangers
Nick Kypreos: New York Rangers
Eric Engels: Buffalo
Christine Simpson: Anaheim
Ryan Dixon: St. Louis
Iain MacIntyre: Vegas
Mark Spector: Buffalo

Which Canadian team will finish with the most regular season points?

Elliotte Friedman: Winnipeg
Caroline Cameron: Toronto
David Amber: Vancouver
Jeff Marek: Edmonton
Luke Fox: Toronto
Eric Francis: Edmonton
Gene Principe: Edmonton
Gord Stellick: Toronto
Ken Wiebe: Winnipeg
Sean Reynolds: Toronto
Dan Murphy: Toronto
Justin Bourne: Toronto
Nick Kypreos: Toronto
Eric Engels: Toronto
Christine Simpson: Toronto
Ryan Dixon: Winnipeg
Iain MacIntyre: Toronto
Mark Spector: Edmonton

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