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2015-16 picks: Capitals will be big winners

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NHL.com continues its preview of the 2015-16 season, which begins Wednesday.

How will the 2015-16 season unfold? That's the question we asked several NHL.com staffers and the answers were surprising, to say the least.

If our collection of prognosticators are right, fans of the Washington Capitals will be very happy. The Capitals appeared as Stanley Cup champions on three of nine ballots, while Tampa Bay and Anaheim also received multiple votes. Washington star Alex Ovechkin was a near-unanimous choice to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy for the fourth straight season, while Braden Holtby received some serious consideration to claim his first Vezina Trophy.

In the heavily discussed battle for the Calder Memorial Trophy, it was Edmonton forward Connor McDavid, the No. 1 pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, who earned the early nod, named as the winner on seven ballots. Buffalo forward Jack Eichel, The No. 2 pick in the 2015 Draft, was selected on the other two ballots.

For a snapshot on how the NHL.com prognosticators see the season playing out, check out the predictions below:

Kreiser Compton Satriano Morreale Kimelman Rosen Roarke Basu Cubeta
Atlantic TBL TBL TBL TBL TBL TBL MTL TBL TBL
Metro NYR NYR PIT WSH NYR WSH WSH WSH NYR
Central STL MIN NSH STL NSH MIN MIN MIN CHI
Pacific CGY ANA ANA CGY ANA ANA ANA ANA ANA
East
WSH TBL TBL WSH TBL TBL MTL WSH WSH
West ANA ANA STL CHI ANA MIN STL ANA ANA
Cup WSH ANA TBL WSH TBL TBL MTL ANA WSH
Calder McDavid,
EDM
McDavid,
EDM
McDavid,
EDM
Eichel,
BUF
McDavid,
EDM
McDavid,
EDM
Eichel,
BUF
McDavid,
EDM
McDavid,
EDM
Norris Hedman,
TBL
Hedman,
TBL
Karlsson,
OTT
Hedman,
TBL
Letang,
PIT
Hedman,
TBL
Ek-Lar.,
ARI
Doughty,
LAK
Subban,
MTL
Vezina Holtby,
WSH
Price,
MTL
Lundqvist,
NYR
Holtby,
WSH
Rinne,
NSH
Holtby,
WSH
Price,
MTL
Price,
MTL
Lundqvist,
NYR
Adams Cooper,
TBL
Yeo,
MIN
McLellan,
EDM
Bylsma,
BUF
Cooper,
TBL
McLellan,
EDM
Trotz,
WSH
Yeo,
MIN
Richards,
CBJ
Hart Tavares,
NYI
Tavares,
NYI
Stamkos,
TBL
Tavares,
NYI
Toews,
CHI
Benn,
DAL
Crosby,
PIT
Ovechkin,
WSH
Getzlaf,
ANA
Rocket Ovechkin,
WSH
Ovechkin,
WSH
Ovechkin,
WSH
Ovechkin,
WSH
Ovechkin,
WSH
Ovechkin,
WSH
Kessel,
PIT
Ovechkin,
WSH
Stamkos,
TBL


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