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Predicting the 2018-19 NHL Season

The wait is over and hockey is back tonight. Toronto. Montreal. It’s exciting times heading into perhaps the most talked-about Leafs season in the last 30 years,

Before things get rolling, it’s time for our writers to get their pre-season takes out there for us to praise or laugh at eight months. I kept things simple and asked a few of our writers for the following: Standings in each conference, where the Leafs’ season ends, who wins the Cup, and another general prediction.

Let’s get into it.

Scott Maxwell

Metro Atlantic
1 Columbus Toronto
2 Pittsburgh Tampa
3 Philadelphia Florida
WC WC
Washington Boston

 

Central Pacific
1 Winnipeg San Jose
2 Nashville Vegas
3 St. Louis Calgary
WC WC
Dallas Arizona

Leafs exit: 2nd round

Cup winner: Tampa over San Jose

Other bold take: I’ll get back to you

Cam Lewis

Metro Atlantic
1 Washington Tampa
2 Pittsburgh Toronto
3 Columbus Boston
WC WC
Carolina Florida

 

Central Pacific
1 Nashville San Jose
2 St. Louis Vegas
3 Winnipeg Edmonton
WC WC
Minnesota Calgary

Leafs exit: 1st round

Cup winner: San Jose over Tampa

Other bold take: Colorado ends up with the first and second overall pick

Jon Steitzer

Metro Atlantic
1 Washington Toronto
2 Columbus Tampa
3 Pittsburgh Boston
WC WC
New Jersey Philadelphia

 

Central Pacific
1 Winnipeg San Jose
2 Nashville Los Angeles
3 St. Louis Vegas
WC WC
Dallas Colorado

Leafs exit: 1st round

Cup winner: Winnipeg over Philadelphia

Other bold take: The Leafs’ defence won’t be good enough

Thomas Williams

Metro Atlantic
1 Columbus Toronto
2 Pittsburgh Tampa
3 Philadelphia Florida
WC WC
Carolina Washington

 

Central Pacific
1 St. Louis San Jose
2 Nashville Calgary
3 Winnipeg Arizona
WC WC
Dallas Colorado

Leafs exit: Conference final

Cup winner: Dallas over Columbus

Other bold take: Boston misses playoffs, Caps barely get in

Adam Laskaris

Metro Atlantic
1 Pittsburgh Tampa
2 Columbus Toronto
3 Washington Boston
WC WC
Flyers Florida

 

Central Pacific
1 Winnipeg San Jose
2 St. Louis Vegas
3 Nashville Los Angeles
WC WC
Flames Oilers

Leafs exit: Conference final…against the Penguins

Cup winner: Predators

Other bold take: Oilers win a playoff series

Ryan Fancey

Metro Atlantic
1 Philadelphia Toronto
2 Pittsburgh Florida
3 Washington Tampa
WC WC
Buffalo Boston

 

Central Pacific
1 Winnipeg San Jose
2 Nashville Calgary
3 St. Louis Los Angeles
WC WC
Vegas Arizona

Leafs exit: Conference final

Cup winner: Winnipeg over Philadelphia

Other bold take: Mitch Marner leads the Leafs in points by 10+, and that dumb Buffalo wildcard prediction above

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