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10 NHL Predictions For 2015-16 Season

By Matt Barbato
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Sep 29, 2015; Edmonton, Alberta, CAN; Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period at Rexall Place. Mandatory Credit: Walter Tychnowicz-USA TODAY Sports

10. Connor McDavid edges out Jack Eichel in the best Calder Trophy race in years

Let’s get the obvious out of the way first. Jack Eichel will make this a race, but McDavid is the real deal. Scouts don’t toss around the Sidney Crosby comparison lightly. If they did, they likely shouldn’t be in scouting. McDavid scored one goal with three assists in five preseason games, while Eichel registered five points in only four preseason games.

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This will be an epic battle to watch and a fun one for NHL fans outside of Edmonton and Buffalo. These rookies will be fun to watch even if neither Edmonton nor Buffalo are playoff contenders. This will be a tight race throughout the entire season, but McDavid will take home the award.

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