Anonymous Winners of the NHL Scouts, Coaches and Executives Series


Answering his phone, perhaps in anticipation of the call, our Predictions Unplugged Playoff version 1.0 NHL scout joked, “Are you calling me to congratulate me on my first round?” People. hockey are nothing if not in a good mood. And all things considered – the fact that we polled this panel in June before we were even sure there would be games, plus the number of upsets – the scout’s 4-4 record during the play-in round. was not that bad.

“It was OK,” he says.

If you missed the first draft, we asked an NHL scout, coach and executive to pick the winners in each of the play-in series to come to a consensus on who will move forward. Overall, the consensus was 4-4, with the top pick being the prediction that the Arizona Coyotes would upset the Nashville Predators. No one chose the Canadiens over the Penguins. Or the Blackhawks over the Oilers. But we are in 2020, where to turn around …


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