2013 playoffs

2013 Stanley Cup Playoffs: PHT’s Round 1 picks


The ProHockeyTalk staff is comprised of myself (Mike Halford), Jason Brough, Joe Yerdon, James O’Brien, Ryan Dadoun and Cam Tucker.

We write about hockey for a living, though that might not be evident by the end of this.

Regardless, here are our fearless picks for the first round of the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs. Be sure to add yours in the comments section — if you do really well this round, we might invite you to try again in Round 2 (or, come up with a better incentive to participate.)

Western Conference

No. 1 Chicago vs. No. 8 Minnesota

Halford: Blackhawks in 4

Brough: Blackhawks in 5

Yerdon: Blackhawks in 5

O’Brien: Blackhawks in 5

Dadoun: Blackhawks in 5

Tucker: Blackhawks in 5

No. 2 Anaheim vs. No. 7 Detroit

Halford: Ducks in 7

Brough: Red Wings in 6

Yerdon: Red Wings in 7

O’Brien: Red Wings in 6

Dadoun: Ducks in 6

Tucker: Red Wings in 7

No. 3 Vancouver vs. No. 6 San Jose

Halford: Canucks in 6

Brough: Canucks in 7

Yerdon: Canucks in 7

O’Brien: Canucks in 7

Dadoun: Sharks in 7

Tucker: Canucks in 7

No. 4 St Louis vs. No. 5 Los Angeles

Halford: Blues in 7

Brough: Kings in 6

Yerdon: Kings in 6

O’Brien: Kings in 6

Dadoun: Blues in 6

Tucker: Blues in 6

Eastern Conference

No. 1 Pittsburgh vs. No. 8 New York Islanders

Halford: Penguins in 6

Brough: Penguins in 5

Yerdon: Penguins in 6

O’Brien: Penguins in 6

Dadoun: Penguins in 5

Tucker: Penguins in 5

No. 2 Montreal vs. No. 7 Ottawa

Halford: Canadiens in 6

Brough: Senators in 6

Yerdon: Canadiens in 7

O’Brien: Canadiens in 6

Dadoun: Senators in 7

Tucker: Senators in 6

No. 3 Washington vs. No. 6 New York Rangers

Halford: Capitals in 7

Brough: Rangers in 6

Yerdon: Rangers in 7

O’Brien: Rangers in 7

Dadoun: Rangers in 6

Tucker: Capitals in 6

No. 4 Boston vs. No. 5 Toronto

Halford: Bruins in 6

Brough: Bruins in 5

Yerdon: Leafs in 7

O’Brien: Bruins in 6

Dadoun: Bruins in 6

Tucker: Bruins in 7

Panarin impresses ‘Hawks with his preseason debut

Artemi Panarin
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Will Artem Panarin‘s overwhelming success in the KHL translate to North America? The 23-year-old forward has a lot to prove, but his first big test was a success.

Playing on a line with Patrick Kane and Artem Anisimov, Panarin made his preseason debut in Chicago’s finale on Saturday. He registered two assists while giving his teammates reason to be optimistic about him.

“For not being on the ice he looks really relaxed. He’s great with the puck, has nice moves and I think we’ll see a lot of this,” Marian Hossa told CSN Chicago. “He has unbelievable skill. People here in Chicago are going to have a good time watching this guy dangling.”

Blackhawks coach Joel Quenneville was impressed by Panarin as well and liked that line as a whole.

The fact that the trio seemed to hit it off quickly has to come as a relief after an upper-body injury prevented Panarin from getting the most out of this year’s training camp. At the end of the day though, the fact that he was able to at least get in one preseason contest is a big silver lining. How smoothly his adjustment goes from here is still a big X-factor, but at least now he’s going into the regular season with a better idea of what to expect.

Panarin is attempting to establish himself in the NHL after leading the KHL’s SKA St. Petersburg to a championship last year. He was the team’s scoring leader, topping ex-NHL star Ilya Kovalchuk.

Gustavsson secures one-year contract with Bruins

Jonas Gustavsson
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There was stiff competition for the backup goaltending job in Boston, but with a signing this afternoon, it seems likely that the matter has been resolved.

The Boston Bruins announced that Jonas Gustavsson has agreed to a one-year, $700,000 deal. It’s a one-way contract, according to the Boston Globe’s Amalie Benjamin.

That contract is still small enough that the Bruins could bury it in the minors if they so desire, but it does set him apart from his last competitor for the goalie position, Jeremy Smith, who has a two-way deal. The fact that Boston went this route seems to imply that Gustavsson will serve as Tuukka Rask‘s understudy, although both netminders attended Sunday’s practice.

In Smith, the Bruins would be getting a 26-year-old goaltender who was dominant with the AHL’s Providence Bruins last season, but has no NHL experience. By contrast Gustavsson, 30, has played in almost 150 NHL games.

Boston sent Zane McIntyre and Malcolm Subban to the minors last week, but an argument could be made that either one of them is worthy of the backup job. However, both of them have a lot of potential and it’s not surprising that the Bruins felt they were better served by staying in the minors where they can play regularly and focus on honing their game.