Russo’s, uh, guesses
Hart Trophy (MVP): Sidney Crosby, Pittsburgh
Maurice Richard Trophy (Leading goal scorer): Phil Kessel, Pittsburgh
Art Ross Trophy (Most points): Crosby
Norris Trophy (Best defenseman): Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay
Vezina Trophy (Best goalie): Braden Holtby, Washington
Jack Adams Trophy (Best coach): Jon Cooper, Tampa Bay
Calder Trophy (Best rookie): Jack Eichel, Buffalo
Breakout player: Matt Dumba, Wild
First coach fired: Claude Julien, Boston
One guarantee: Dustin Byfuglien won’t sign an extension with Winnipeg and will be traded.
Russo picks the playoffs
Eastern Conference champion: Tampa Bay
Western Conference champion: Anaheim
Stanley Cup champion
I’m still amazed the Ducks didn’t beat the Blackhawks after outplaying them for much of that series. Add Carl Hagelin and Kevin Bieksa to a terrific core, they’ll be tough to beat.
Notable offseason additions
Anaheim: Acquired LW Carl Hagelin from the Rangers for RW Emerson Etem, acquired D Kevin Bieksa from Vancouver, signed RW Chris Stewart (Wild).
Boston: Signed LW Matt Beleskey (Anaheim).
Buffalo: Signed C Jack Eichel (second overall draft pick), acquired C Ryan O’Reilly and LW Jamie McGinn from Colorado, hired coach Dan Bylsma.
Calgary: Acquired D Dougie Hamilton from Boston.
Carolina: Acquired D James Wisniewski from Anaheim.
Colorado: Acquired C Carl Soderberg from Boston, signed D Francois Beauchemin (Anaheim).
Columbus: Acquired LW Brandon Saad from Chicago for C Artem Anisimov and RW Marko Dano.
Dallas: Acquired LW Patrick Sharp from Chicago for D Trevor Daley, signed D Johnny Oduya (Chicago) and G Antti Niemi (San Jose).
Detroit: Signed D Mike Green (Washington) and C Brad Richards (Chicago).
Edmonton: Signed C Connor McDavid (first overall pick) and D Andrej Sekera (Los Angeles), acquired G Cam Talbot from the Rangers, hired Todd McLellan as coach and Peter Chiarelli as general manager.
Los Angeles: Acquired LW Milan Lucic from Boston and signed D Christian Ehrhoff (Pittsburgh).
Nashville: Signed D Barret Jackman (St. Louis).
New Jersey: Acquired RW Kyle Palmieri from Anaheim and hired Ray Shero as GM.
Pittsburgh: Acquired RW Phil Kessel from Toronto, signed C Matt Cullen (Nashville) and C Eric Fehr (Washington).
San Jose: Signed D Paul Martin (Pittsburgh) and RW Joel Ward (Washington), acquired G Martin Jones from Boston, hired Pete DeBoer as coach.
Toronto: Acquired RW Michael Grabner from the Islanders, hired Mike Babcock as coach and Lou Lamoriello as GM.
Vancouver: Acquired C Brandon Sutter from Pittsburgh for C Nick Bonino and acquired LW Brandon Prust from Montreal for Zack Kassian.
Washington: Acquired RW T.J. Oshie from St. Louis for RW Troy Brouwer and signed RW Justin Williams (Los Angeles).