Swedish hockey writer Per Bjurman’s Stanley Cup Final annual prediction poll is one of the most entertaining traditions for the NHL championship series. For 15 years, the Aftonbladet.se journalist has connected with a large collection of hockey people to make predictions about which team will win the Final. This year’s group totals more than 250 people and includes ex-Red Wings.
Obviously, Bjurman’s poll always has plenty of Swedes, although he includes people of all nationalities. This is recommended reading. Here is the link: Google will translate for you.
This year’s poll story includes Bjurman’s short, but touching,tribute to the late NHL great Borje Salming who has always contributed to this poll. He died in November of ALS.
Ex-Red Wings Predictions
Nicklas Lidstrom: Panthers win 4-2. They seem to have peaked their form for the playoffs. The only downside is the long holiday they got, but I think they win in any case.”
Henrik Zetterberg: – Panthers win 4-2. Tkachuk Conn Smythe. Horse polo-Gustav Calder Trophy.” (Don’t know what that last part means, either).”
Daniel Alfredsson: Vegas in six games.”
Niklas Kronwall: Vegas in 7. Don’t think Bob can stand on his head one more turn.
Tomas Holmstrom – Believe in underdogs Florida. 4-2 in games.”
Jacob de la Rose: 4-1 to the Panthers. Think they’re on a roll now and they love the underdog stamp they go into every series with. Sasha Barkov MVP, in my opinion the world’s most underrated player
Andreas Lilja: Florida wins 4-2. BOB in goal will play big again and become MVP, fingers crossed for my old Panthers.
Oskar Sundqvist: I believe in Vegas’ 6 games, it feels like the only thing that can stop them is Bobrovsky, but it feels like it’s Vegas’ turn and I’m sticking with my good friend (Ivan) Barbashev.
— Scott Burnside (@OvertimeScottB) June 1, 2023
Red Wings Offseason
Russ Cohen of Full Press Hockey released a mock draft that has the Red Wings taking right-shot Swedish defenseman Axel Sandin-Pillikka at No. 9 and Gabe Perreault at No. 17. He is the son of former NHLer Yanic Perreault.
Red Wings In Case You Missed It
- It was a bad look for Czechia hockey that legendary goalie Dominik Hasek had to personally retrieve his donated memorabilia in a shopping cart when the country’s hockey Hall of Fame closed down.
- Where does defenseman Robert Hagg end up next season? He closed out the 2022-23 season playing solid hockey.
- Henrik Zetterberg said at his IIHF Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony that he has no interest in joining the Red Wings’ management team.
Hockey Now Network
Buffalo: Are the Sabres going to end up with another Perreault? He is related to a former NHL player, but not Gilbert. Buffalo Sabres.
Chicago: Former Blackhawks star Patrick Kane had hip resurfacing surgery and will be sidelined 4 to 6 months. He will be an unrestricted free agent this summer. Chicago Blackhawks.
Florida: Sergei Bobrovsky has every reason to enjoy the moment now that he has finally reached the Stanley Cup Final. He’s has had a fascinating journey. Florida Panthers.
Nashville: Michael Gallagher writes about why Barry Trotz decided to fire coach John Hynes. Nashville Predators.
Philadelphia: Should the Flyers be risk-takers in the upcoming NHL draft? Chuck Bausman explores that possibility. Philadelphia Flyers.
Pittsburgh: Dan Kingerski’s take is Penguins ownership got it right in many different ways by naming Kyle Dubas as the team’s president. Pittsburgh Penguins
Vegas: Dan Kingerski writes that Golden Knights have some distinct advantages in this series, including depth, moment and big defenseman. Vegas Golden Knights.