Stanley Cup predictions for 2022-23 NHL season

Of the 15 staffers who made their preseason predictions, six picked Carolina to win the Cup for the primary time since 2006, whilst 4 predicted the Avalanche to copy as champs.

The Florida Panthers and Edmonton Oilers were given two votes every, and the Tampa Bay Lightning had one.

If the Hurricanes win the Cup, ahead Sebastian Aho will win the Conn Smythe Trophy as most precious participant of the playoffs, 5 of the six who picked Carolina to win stated. Forward Andrei Svechnikov were given the opposite two votes.

Colorado heart Nathan MacKinnon were given 3 Conn Smythe selections, with the opposite going to final season’s winner, defenseman Cale Makar.

Connor McDavid of the Oilers were given two selections for Conn Smythe, and Panthers forwards Aleksander Barkov and Matthew Tkachuk, and Lightning ahead Brayden Point every were given one vote. 

Though they were not picked to win the Cup, the New York Rangers and Calgary Flames have been every picked through 3 staffers to achieve the Cup Final. The Nashville Predators additionally were given one pick out to achieve the Final.

Here is how our staffers picked:

Amalie Benjamin, body of workers author

Atlantic Division

1: Tampa Bay Lightning | 2: Florida Panthers | 3: Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1: Carolina Hurricanes | 2: New York Rangers | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: New York Islanders | 2: Boston Bruins

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Minnesota Wild | 3: Nashville Predators

Pacific Division

1: Calgary Flames | 2: Edmonton Oilers | 3: Los Angeles Kings

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Dallas Stars | 2: St. Louis Blues

Conference champions

East: Carolina Hurricanes

West: Calgary Flames 

Stanley Cup champion: Carolina Hurricanes

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes 

Jim Cerny, managing editor

Atlantic Division

1: Florida Panthers | 2: Tampa Bay Lightning | 3: Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1: Carolina Hurricanes | 2: New York Rangers | 3: New York Islanders

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Pittsburgh Penguins | 2: Ottawa Senators

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Minnesota Wild | 3: St. Louis Blues

Pacific Division

1: Calgary Flames | 2: Edmonton Oilers | 3: Vancouver Canucks

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Nashville Predators | 2: Winnipeg Jets

Conference champions

East: Florida Panthers

West: Calgary Flames

Stanley Cup champion: Florida Panthers

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Aleksander Barkov, Florida Panthers

Brian Compton, managing editor

Atlantic Division

1: Florida Panthers | 2: Tampa Bay Lightning | 3: Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1: New York Rangers | 2: Carolina Hurricanes | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Columbus Blue Jackets | 2: New York Islanders

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Nashville Predators | 3: Minnesota Wild

Pacific Division

1: Edmonton Oilers | 2: Calgary Flames | 3: Los Angeles Kings

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: St. Louis Blues | 2: Vancouver Canucks

Conference champions

East: New York Rangers

West: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup champion: Edmonton Oilers

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers 

Nicholas J. Cotsonika, columnist

Atlantic Division

1: Florida Panthers | 2: Toronto Maple Leafs | 3: Tampa Bay Lightning

Metropolitan Division

1: Carolina Hurricanes | 2: New York Rangers | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Boston Bruins | 2: Washington Capitals

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Minnesota Wild | 3: Nashville Predators

Pacific Division

1: Calgary Flames | 2: Edmonton Oilers | 3: Vegas Golden Knights

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Los Angeles Kings | 2: St. Louis Blues

Conference champions

East: Carolina Hurricanes

West: Colorado Avalanche

Stanley Cup champion: Colorado Avalanche

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche 

William Douglas, body of workers author

Atlantic Division

1: Florida Panthers | 2: Tampa Bay Lightning | 3: Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1: New York Rangers | 2: Carolina Hurricanes | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Boston Bruins | 2: Washington Capitals 

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Minnesota Wild | 3: St. Louis Blues

Pacific Division 

1: Edmonton Oilers | 2: Calgary Flames | 3: Vancouver Canucks

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Dallas Stars | 2: Nashville Predators

Conference champions 

East: New York Rangers

West: Colorado Avalanche

Stanley Cup champion: Colorado Avalanche

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Anna Dua, delusion editor

Atlantic Division

1: Tampa Bay Lightning | 2: Florida Panthers | 3: Ottawa Senators

Metropolitan Division

1: Carolina Hurricanes | 2: New York Rangers | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Washington Capitals | 2: Boston Bruins

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: St. Louis Blues | 3: Minnesota Wild

Pacific Division

1: Edmonton Oilers | 2: Calgary Flames | 3: Los Angeles Kings

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Vancouver Canucks | 2: Nashville Predators

Conference champions

East: Carolina Hurricanes

West: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup champion: Carolina Hurricanes

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Andrei Svechnikov, Carolina Hurricanes

Tom Gulitti, body of workers author

Atlantic Division

1: Florida Panthers | 2: Tampa Bay Lightning | 3: Toronto Maple Leafs 

Metropolitan Division

1: Carolina Hurricanes | 2: New York Rangers | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Washington Capitals | 2: New York Islanders

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Nashville Predators | 3: Minnesota Wild

Pacific Division

1: Calgary Flames | 2: Edmonton Oilers | 3: Los Angeles Kings

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: St. Louis Blues | 2: Dallas Stars 

Conference champions

East: Carolina Hurricanes

West: Colorado Avalanche 

Stanley Cup champion: Carolina Hurricanes

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes 

Pete Jensen, director, senior delusion editor

Atlantic Division

1: Tampa Bay Lightning | 2: Florida Panthers | 3: Boston Bruins

Metropolitan Division

1: Carolina Hurricanes | 2: New York Rangers | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Ottawa Senators | 2: Detroit Red Wings

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Nashville Predators | 3: Winnipeg Jets

Pacific Division

1: Edmonton Oilers | 2: Calgary Flames | 3: Los Angeles Kings

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Vegas Golden Knights | 2: Vancouver Canucks

Conference champions

East: Carolina Hurricanes

West: Colorado Avalanche

Stanley Cup champion: Carolina Hurricanes

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes

Adam Kimelman, deputy managing editor 

Atlantic Division 

1: Florida Panthers | 2: Tampa Bay Lightning | 3: Toronto Maple Leafs 

Metropolitan Division 

1: New York Rangers | 2: Carolina Hurricanes | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins 

Eastern Conference wild playing cards 

1: Boston Bruins | 2: New Jersey Devils 

Central Division 

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Nashville Predators | 3: Minnesota Wild 

Pacific Division 

1: Calgary Flames | 2: Vancouver Canucks | 3: Edmonton Oilers

Western Conference wild playing cards 

1: St. Louis Blues | 2: Vegas Golden Knights 

Conference champions 

East: Tampa Bay Lightning 

West: Nashville Predators 

Stanley Cup champion: Tampa Bay Lightning 

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Brayden Point, Tampa Bay Lightning 

Tracey Myers, body of workers author

Atlantic Division

1: Toronto Maple Leafs | 2: Tampa Bay Lightning | 3: Florida Panthers

Metropolitan Division

1: New York Rangers | 2: Carolina Hurricanes | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Boston Bruins | 2: Columbus Blue Jackets

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: St. Louis Blues | 3: Minnesota Wild

Pacific Division

1: Edmonton Oilers | 2: Calgary Flames | 3: Vegas Golden Knights

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Dallas Stars | 2: Los Angeles Kings

Conference champions

East: Tampa Bay Lightning

West: Colorado Avalanche 

Stanley Cup champion: Colorado Avalanche

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Nathan MacKinnon, Colorado Avalanche

Bill Price, Editor-in-Chief 

Atlantic Division

1: Florida Panthers | 2: Toronto Maple Leafs | 3: Tampa Bay Lightning 

Metropolitan Division

1: New York Rangers | 2: Carolina Hurricanes | 3: Columbus Blue Jackets

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Washington Capitals | 2: Ottawa Senators 

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Nashville Predators | 3: Minnesota Wild 

Pacific Division

1: Calgary Flames | 2: Edmonton Oilers | 3: Los Angeles Kings 

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Vancouver Canucks | 2: Vegas Golden Knights 

Conference champions

East: Florida Panthers 

West: Calgary Flames 

Stanley Cup champion: Florida Panthers 

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Matthew Tkachuk, Florida Panthers

Shawn P. Roarke, senior director of editorial

Atlantic Division

1: Florida Panthers | 2: Tampa Bay Lightning | 3: Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1: Carolina Hurricanes | 2: New York Rangers | 3: Columbus Blue Jackets

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Pittsburgh Penguins | 2: Boston Bruins

Central Division

1: St. Louis Blues | 2: Colorado Avalanche | 3: Nashville Predators

Pacific Division

1: Calgary Flames | 2: Edmonton Oilers | 3: Vancouver Canucks

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Minnesota Wild | 2: Los Angeles Kings

Conference champions

East: Carolina Hurricanes

West: Colorado Avalanche

Stanley Cup champion: Carolina Hurricanes

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Sebastian Aho, Carolina Hurricanes 

Dan Rosen, senior author

Atlantic Division

1: Florida Panthers | 2: Tampa Bay Lightning | 3: Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1: New York Rangers | 2: Carolina Hurricanes | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: New York Islanders | 2: Boston Bruins

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: St. Louis Blues | 3: Dallas Stars

Pacific Division

1: Edmonton Oilers | 2: Calgary Flames | 3: Vancouver Canucks

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Los Angeles Kings | 2: Nashville Predators

Conference champions

East: Carolina Hurricanes

West: Edmonton Oilers

Stanley Cup champion: Edmonton Oilers

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers

David Satriano, body of workers author

Atlantic Division

1: Tampa Bay Lightning | 2: Florida Panthers | 3: Toronto Maple Leafs

Metropolitan Division

1: Carolina Hurricanes | 2: New York Rangers | 3: Columbus Blue Jackets

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Pittsburgh Penguins | 2: Boston Bruins

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: Minnesota Wild | 3: Nashville Predators

Pacific Division

1: Calgary Flames | 2: Edmonton Oilers | 3: Vegas Golden Knights

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: St. Louis Blues | 2: Dallas Stars

Conference champions

East: Carolina Hurricanes

West: Colorado Avalanche

Stanley Cup champion: Carolina Hurricanes

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Andrei Svechnikov, Carolina Hurricanes

Mike Zeisberger, body of workers author

Atlantic Division

1: Toronto Maple Leafs | 2: Tampa Bay Lightning | 3: Florida Panthers

Metropolitan Division

1: New York Rangers | 2: Carolina Hurricanes | 3: Pittsburgh Penguins

Eastern Conference wild playing cards

1: Washington Capitals | 2: Columbus Blue Jackets

Central Division

1: Colorado Avalanche | 2: St. Louis Blues | 3: Dallas Stars

Pacific Division

1: Edmonton Oilers | 2: Calgary Flames | 3: Vancouver Canucks

Western Conference wild playing cards

1: Minnesota Wild | 2: Vegas Golden Knights

Conference champions

East: New York Rangers

West: Colorado Avalanche

Stanley Cup champion: Colorado Avalanche 

Conn Smythe Trophy winner: Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche 

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