Way-too-early predictions for the NHL 2023-24 season: Stanley Cup winner, dark horse, playoff field, awards, morehttps://t.co/74paVGQoo0
– Kevin Kurz (@KKurzNHL) July 14, 2023
The Athletic team was polled this week to draw up a (very early) portrait of the upcoming NHL season. All the site’s editors were asked to give their opinions on, among other things, the teams favoured to win the Stanley Cup in 2024.
But you’ll be surprised, as much as we were, to find that the Carolina Hurricanes are strong favourites to be crowned champions next June. We repeat: heavy favourites.
The general feeling is that the Canes have spent enough time as a contender and learned enough from their playoff losses to finally make it to the end. That’s the cycle that seems to be paying off, recently, after the Lightning, Avalanche and Golden Knights – just like other examples from previous years. You have to learn to lose before you can win, and the Canes have learned a lot. We’ll remind you that it wasn’t just yesterday: on the eve of the Capitals-Golden Knights final, the Canes were the greatest story of the playoffs.
Rod Brind’Amour’s men also have 38.7% of the vote to win the Presidents’ Trophy.
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– A legendary duel.
– DeAngelo will be bought out.
– Elliotte Friedman (@FriedgeHNIC) July 15, 2023