Twice a year I like to ask people on social media to give me five predictions about the Habs. One series of predictions is for the coming season and the other is for the off season. So far I have not given a penny away as much as I am trying. The purpose is to engage and to have fun at the same time, but predictions are much harder than they seem.
The off-season cycle, or summer cycle if you prefer, last April was simply abysmal for the hopefully clairvoyant. No one got even close to getting all five correct to bank the prize. Almost everyone predicted Carey Price would sign long term and that was an easy one for one. Where about 90 percent of you faltered was the prediction that Alexander Radulov would sign long term with the Canadiens. Radulov had his chance as the offer from Montreal was the same as the one in Dallas, but Radulov, despite saying for a year that there was nothing better than Montreal, chose the warm winter and easier tax situation in Texas.
The Andrei Markov situation also stymied most of you as you predicted that he would finish his career in Montreal signing another one year deal. Markov left for the KHL rejecting the offer of Habs GM Marc Bergevin in a long battle over what seemed like a small amount of money. Free will is like that. It can surprise you.
So here we are again as I have asked people who have made predictions to pin them to their time line or make sure they keep a record somehow of the tweet as there is no way to moderate it from my end.
Same thing is asked of you here; that you save a date stamped copy of your predictions to show me your 5 for 5, if you can pull it off.
To start the ball rolling, here are mine:
Victor Mete starts in the NHL and plays but can’t impress enough during his try out and before the tenth game is played the Habs send him back to London.
Jonathan Drouin leads the Habs in points this season.
Max Pacioretty is the Habs top goal scorer yet again.
The Habs finish third in the Atlantic.
The Habs power play finishes in the top ten.
The founder of Recrutes also weighed in last night with his five predictions, but no Grant McCagg can’t win 100 dollars off me. Here are Grant’s predictions for the season:
Mete plays the entire season in Montreal.
The Habs win the division.
The Leafs finish behind Ottawa. (The predictions have to be Habs related please, so Grant actually gave only four. )
Charlie Lindgren is the back up to Price before the season ends.
Charles Hudon is top five in the Calder race for top rookie.
So have fun and try to win $100 as a Recrutes subscriber ($50 for non-subscribers) by commenting below and enjoy the Habs 365 community….