Stanley Cup predictions for 2018-19

The San Jose Sharks did not only land an all-star in defenseman Erik Karlsson when they acquired him a commerce with the Ottawa Senators on Sept. 13, they also brought in the final piece into a Stanley Cup championship team, in accordance with seven of those 18 panelists that have made their preseason predictions.
The Sharks, who have made the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 18 have never won the Cup, reaching the Final 2016, where they lost to the Pittsburgh Penguins in six matches.
Karlsson, who played his first nine NHL seasons with the Senators, are also awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as most valuable player of the playoffs, three of panelists predicted. Sharks defenseman Brent Burns (2), ahead Logan Couture (1) and goalie Martin Jones (1) were another choices for Conn Smythe from San Jose.Though the Sharks received the most votes to win the Cup, the Tampa Bay Lightning, who attained the Eastern Conference Final last year, were chosen by six experts to win it all.
The Nashville Predators and Winnipeg Jets each got two votes and the Penguins got you. Any of the experts not, chosen Even the Washington Capitals, the defending Stanley Cup champions to repeat. In reality, the Capitals and Vegas Golden Knights, who played in the Stanley Cup Final last year, weren’t selected by any of the specialists to get back there this season.
The Lightning would be the overwhelming favorite to represent the Eastern Conference in the Cup Final, receiving votes. The Toronto Maple Leafs (2), Penguins (2) and Boston Bruins (1) the other votes from the East.
The Sharks got nine votes to achieve the Final while the Jets got five and Predators four.
Of those six who picked the Lightning to win the Cup, three predicted defenseman Victor Hedman to win the Conn Smythe Trophy, two select forward Nikita Kucherov and one picked goalie Andrei Vasilevskiy.
Another Conn Smythe picks were Filip Forsberg of the Predators (two ), Sidney Crosby of the Penguins (1) and Mark Scheifele of and Patrik Laine of the Jets.

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