Hockey Predictions For 2018 And 2019

Three 2018-2019 NHL Predictions That Will Definitely Blow Up in My Face

At least they were fun to write about!


Every year I make predictions. Some bold, some fairly conservative.

Every year, without fail, I am wrong.

But the 2017 to 2018 season really put the entire hockey community to shame. Just a quick refresher: The Vegas Golden Knights, a brand-new team which no one thought would even make the playoffs, won the Western Conference and were within spitting distance of the Presidents' Trophy for most of the year. They were the darling of the NHL awards, snatching four individual trophies. They have no shortage of Cinderella stories: William Karlsson, Marc-Andre Fleury, Jonathan Marchessault, and Reilly Smith, just to name a few.

It's also saying a lot that I haven't even gotten around to mentioning the fact that the Washington Capitals, laughingstock of every fan in Pittsburgh for the last decade, won the Stanley Cup, and after an abysmal 48-point season from 2016 to 2017, the Colorado Avalanche nearly doubled that, posting a 95-point season this past year.

As cool as this all is, the drawback is that now we know statistics literally don't matter, and the staff of the Hockey News might as well read tea leaves when they write their preseason predictions. I, myself, just had a nice cup of Jasmine Green, so you bet I'm ready to publicly embarrass myself with these predictions.

1. The Florida Panthers will be good --- like, really good.

Not a lot of people know this, but native Floridian Ariana Grande is an integral part of Panthers history. She sung the national anthem at a game when she was 8-years-old and holds the distinction of being the first audience member ever to get hit by a puck at the BB&T Center. Ariana, if you're reading this, here's some hockey Sweetener: Florida has No Tears Left to Cry, and they're about to Break Free. The Panthers came just short of the playoffs this year, and with 96-points, they would've earned a spot had the Metropolitan Division not been so stacked. It really is a shame they weren't given more credit for their achievements. Alexander Barkov is a natural on the ice, a two-way forward who I'd call an early favorite for the 2019 Selke Trophy, and, oh yeah, he was just named captain. There's a good chance goalie Roberto Luongo has another productive season in him, and if that falls through, James Reimer is one of the most underrated back-ups in the league. On the back end, dynamic defenseman Aaron Ekblad is locked up for eight years. It's a well-rounded team on paper, but I predict the magic will really be found in their determination to prove they are playoff-bound, taking a page from the expansion team their own ex-coach led to victory.

2. The Anaheim Ducks will have a meh season...and miss the playoffs for the first time since 2012.

The Ducks have made a name for themselves; they are arguably the most playoff-consistent Western conference team of the last decade. But time is ticking. Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf could still be respectable players, but their downfall seems to always be that they have the self-control of second graders. Ryan Kesler is nowhere to be found (except for when he's challenging other players to fight on Twitter). While Randy Carlyle still has a job as coach, the penalty minutes will keep rolling in. There's no reason Anaheim should fall to the absolute basement of the standings though, there's a lot to be excited about for the up-and-coming Ducks. They're sure to have solid goaltending, with John Gibson locked up for the next eight years. Forward Rickard Rakell will continue to give their offense some much-needed oomph, and I genuinely like him. If these kids are the Ducks' future, I might have to do the unspeakable for a Sharks fan, and reconsider my opinion of them. We'll see.

3. The Toronto Maple Leafs will win the Presidents' Trophy -- but not the cup.

Toronto Maple Leafs

This prediction is pretty vanilla, really. I had to throw a freebie in there somewhere! In case you hadn't heard, John Tavares is a leaf! No one has shut up about it since! It's a good story when a player joins their childhood-favorite team, unless you're the New York Islanders, in which case…my condolences. I'm gonna go with the masses on this and predict that, yeah, the Leafs are gonna kill it. Supporting Tavares will be stars-in-the-making Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander (if they can get him a contract!), supported by veteran Patrick Marleau, and backed by dependable goaltending from Frederik Andersen. Unfortunately, there's something to be said for playoff experience. And, especially among the younger players, that is in short supply. As long as they can find a suitable right-handed defenseman to fill that gap in their roster, they should have a fighting chance in the playoffs, but I'm giving it one more year. Third time isn't gonna be the charm, sorry boys. But 2020 has your name written all over it.

Whatever happens this season, I'm sure we're in for a treat. The preseason games I've watched in the last couple days have been very entertaining. And so much of the joy of hockey is the randomness that is such a part of the sport! So as I wrap this up, I'll be sure to set an alarm on my phone so I don't forget to roast myself a year from now.

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When You Give A Girl A Dad

You give her everything

They say that any male can be a father, but it takes a special person to be a dad. That dads are just the people that created the child, so to speak, but rather, dads raise their children to be the best they can be. Further, when you give a little girl a dad, you give her much more than a father; you give her the world in one man.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a rock.

Life is tough, and life is constantly changing directions and route. In a world that's never not moving, a girl needs something stable. She needs something that won't let her be alone; someone that's going to be there when life is going great, and someone who is going to be there for her when life is everything but ideal. Dads don't give up on this daughters, they never will.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a role model.

If we never had someone to look up to, we would never have someone to strive to be. When you give a little girl someone to look up to, you give her someone to be. We copy their mannerisms, we copy their habits, and we copy their work ethic. Little girls need someone to show them the world, so that they can create their own.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her the first boy she will ever love.

And I'm not really sure someone will ever be better than him either. He's the first guy to take your heart, and every person you love after him is just a comparison to his endless, unmatchable love. He shows you your worth, and he shows you what your should be treated like: a princess.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her someone to make proud.

After every softball game, soccer tournament, cheerleading competition, etc., you can find every little girl looking up to their dads for their approval. Later in life, they look to their dad with their grades, internships, and little accomplishments. Dads are the reason we try so hard to be the best we can be. Dads raised us to be the very best at whatever we chose to do, and they were there to support you through everything. They are the hardest critics, but they are always your biggest fans.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a credit card.

It's completely true. Dads are the reason we have the things we have, thank the Lord. He's the best to shop with too, since he usually remains outside the store the entire time till he is summoned in to forge the bill. All seriousness, they always give their little girls more than they give themselves, and that's something we love so much about you.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a shoulder to cry on.

When you fell down and cut yourself, your mom looked at you and told you to suck it up. But your dad, on the other hand, got down on the ground with you, and he let you cry. Then later on, when you made a mistake, or broke up with a boy, or just got sad, he was there to dry your tears and tell you everything was going to be okay, especially when you thought the world was crashing down. He will always be there to tell you everything is going to be okay, even when they don't know if everything is going to be okay. That's his job.

When you give a girl a dad, you give her a lifelong best friend.

My dad was my first best friend, and he will be my last. He's stood by me when times got tough, he carried me when I just couldn't do it anymore, and he yelled at me when I deserved it; but the one thing he has never done was give up on me. He will always be the first person I tell good news to, and the last person I ever want to disappoint. He's everything I could ever want in a best friend and more.

Dads are something out of a fairytale. They are your prince charming, your knight in shinny amour, and your fairy godfather. Dads are the reasons we are the people we are today; something that a million "thank you"' will never be enough for.

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From The Girl Who Kept Getting Denied Internships, Keep On Trying

"Do not be embarrassed by your failures, learn from them and start again." - Richard Branson


The idea of applying to graduate school or applying to a job in your intended field after college is a daunting experience. In an applicant pool of thousands of other students who majored in the same exact thing as you, how do you set yourself apart from everyone else?

The skills and knowledge you learn in a classroom setting can only help you so much unless you actually apply everything you have learned outside of the classroom. Clubs and organizations are a great way to find groups of individuals who are seeking the same experiences you are, but the most supplemental way to make the best out of everything you have learned and stand out as an applicant is to get an internship.

Internships are honestly a part of the college experience, and having an amazing internship can change your life for the better in ways you never would have imagined possible. An internship can open more doors for opportunities related in your desired field, you can network among individuals who can mentor and guide you, and sometimes, you meet people who will be a part of your life for a really long time.

I am going to be blunt here, the process of securing a great internship can be difficult at times; it can especially be more difficult if you have zero experience correlating in that field. Take it from someone who changed their major from the different side of the spectrum—biology to English—and the only professional experience I had was being a co-manager at a retail store.

I cannot begin to tell you how many internships I applied to in content creating, editing, or research opportunities, only to be flat our rejected or never even hear back from. My favorite rejection e-mail was from a publishing agency questioning why I even bothered to apply with the little experience I had and commented plentiful on the science courses I had taken, practically mocking me. I am not being dramatic when I say for an entire two semesters—summer and fall—that I applied over and over again only to be continuously rejected as my peers were securing some of the coolest internships locally and out-of-state.

It is exhausting to constantly feel defeated every time you receive an e-mail along the lines of "Thank you for applying to our company for this desired internship position. Unfortunately, …" You put out the best version of yourself and it's hard not taking it personally. Despite all the rejection emails you might receive, no matter how defeated you may feel, I can promise you that eventually, someone is going to look at your application and really see the potential you possess and take that opportunity to hire you onto their team.

For every rejection e-mail I received, I kept telling myself "this is a blessing in disguise." I will admit, there were periods of time that got the best of me and I stopped applying as frequently as I usually did, but I never genuinely stopped applying. After two semesters of continuously applying, I finally received a paid internship that was willing to work alongside my school schedule, and this opportunity was better than any other internship I applied for in the past combined. Someone finally took a chance with me and all the months of rejections leading up to this point were worth it.

My advice?

1. Apply as early as internships allow you.

The earlier you apply, the faster you will hear a response.

2. Apply to positions even if you're under-qualified.

Take a chance and never settle. Sometimes, companies are willing to train you even if you don't meet all the credentials they're looking for!

3. Connect unrelated experiences.

If you're like me and you have absolutely zero experience in a field you're applying to, try making connections with things you have experience with. For example, for my biology courses, I would say in interviews for internships in content creating that I have the ability to create different content on various topics and that I was very detail-oriented.

4. Apply to many internships.

Don't just apply to one and hope for the best. Apply to as many opportunities you come across because someone is bound to call you back eventually.

5. Sell yourself in your interview.

Show them the best version of yourself and what you can bring to the company. Not every company is going to be the best fit for you, but this is your time humbly brag about all the hard work you have done so own it.

The process for applying to internships can be bittersweet, but I never gave up and you shouldn't either.

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