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Chicago Blackhawks, NHL 2017-18 Predictions From Blackhawk Up

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The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 15, 2015, at the United Center in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
The Chicago Blackhawks celebrate after defeating the Tampa Bay Lightning in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final on Monday, June 15, 2015, at the United Center in Chicago. (Brian Cassella/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images) /
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NHL Awards

With all the team predictions out of the way, here are some quick predictions for a few of the individual awards that will be given out next July:

Hart Memorial Trophy (League MVP)

Aaron Goldschmidt – Connor McDavid, EDM
Colin Likas – Connor McDavid, EDM
Keith Schultz – Auston Matthews, TOR
Kirk Bennett – Connor McDavid, EDM
Randy Holndoner – Connor McDavid, EDM
Ryan Leidig – Connor McDavid, EDM
Sean Fitzgerald – Brad Marchand, BOS
Steve Yatsushiro – Connor McDavid, EDM
Tim Martens – Sidney Crosby, PIT

James Norris Memorial Trophy (Top Defenseman)

Aaron Goldschmidt – Eric Karlsson, OTT
Colin Likas – Eric Karlsson, OTT
Keith Schultz – Duncan Keith, CHI
Kirk Bennett – Brent Burns, SJ
Randy Holndoner – Erik Karlsson, OTT
Ryan Leidig – Victor Hedman, TB
Sean Fitzgerald – Eric Karlsson, OTT
Steve Yatsushiro – Victor Hedman, TB
Tim Martens – Victor Hedman, TB

Vezina Trophy (Best Goaltender)

Aaron Goldschmidt – Craig Anderson, OTT
Colin Likas – Corey Crawford, CHI
Keith Schultz – Carey Price, MON
Kirk Bennett – Carey Price, MON
Randy Holndoner – Carey Price, MON
Ryan Leidig – Carey Price, MON
Sean Fitzgerald – Carey Price, MON
Steve Yatsushiro – Sergei Bobrovsky, CBJ
Tim Martens – Braden Holtby, WSH

Jack Adams Award (Best Coach)

Aaron Goldschmidt – Todd McLellan, EDM
Colin Likas – Mike Babcock, TOR
Keith Schultz – Bruce Boudreau, MIN
Kirk Bennett – Jon Cooper, TB
Randy Holndoner – Mike Babcock, TOR
Sean Fitzgerald – Bill Peters, CAR
Steve Yatsushiro – Mike Babcock, TOR
Tim Martens – Ken Hitchcock, DAL

Calder Memorial Trophy (Top Rookie)

Aaron Goldschmidt – Brock Boeser, VAN
Colin Likas – Nico Hischier, NJ
Keith Schultz – Alex DeBrincat, CHI
Kirk Bennett – Nico Hischier, NJ
Randy Holndoner – Clayton Keller, ARI
Ryan Leidig – Nico Hischier, NJ
Sean Fitzgerald – Nolan Patrick, PHI
Steve Yatsushiro – Charlie McAvoy, BOS
Tim Martens – Clayton Keller, ARI

Next: Analyzing Connor Murphy's Preseason, What To Expect

And with that, you have the Blackhawk Up team’s predictions for just some of what could go down in the 2017-18 NHL season. It all kicks off tonight with a quartet of games: Toronto at Winnipeg, St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Calgary at Edmonton, and Philadelphia at San Jose.

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