Everything you're about to read is going to happen in the NHL this season.

OK, most of it will. Some of it? At the very least, the thing about the Leafs. Probably.

In my first column of the 2022-23 NHL season, I've made 32 bold predictions, one for each NHL team. They range from statistical achievements to potential trades to coach firings to Stanley Cup playoffs prognostications. (Although, legally, I'm allowed to change my Cup picks up until faceoff on opening night.)

Enjoy, and welcome back, hockey!

 

Atlantic Division

Boston Bruins

Jim Montgomery will be a Jack Adams finalist

Montgomery is getting another crack at an NHL head-coaching job after a situation in Dallas that cost him his gig and led him to check into an alcohol rehab program.

The first-year Bruins coach could be pushed to the moon by the NHL broadcasters that vote for this award. The recipe is there if things fall a certain way: Overcoming early-season injuries, contending in a season when some are predicting their demise, improving their defense (2.66 goals-against average) and offense (3.09 goals per game) year over year.

 

Buffalo Sabres

Peyton Krebs becomes the new Tage Thompson

I don't mean that Krebs is going to score 68 points in 78 games and earn a seven-year, $50 million contract extension from the Sabres. Although that would be nice for all parties, obviously.

No, I mean the Sabres and coach Don Granato smartly moved Thompson from the wing to the middle, and it was suddenly his time to shine. I think they move Krebs from the middle to the wing this season -- perhaps flanking Dylan Cozens? -- and he takes off statistically. So maybe a reverse-Tage then, going center to wing. A "rein-Tage-ment" of sorts.

 

Detroit Red Wings

Moritz Seider will be a Norris Trophy finalist

Seider wouldn't be the first defenseman to win the Calder Trophy one season and then end up as a Norris finalist as a sophomore -- hello, Cale Makar. I think Seider is well positioned to be the next one if the Red Wings make their expected leap in quality as a team. He averaged more than 23 minutes of ice time per game and played in all 82 contests last season. He posted 50 points on the 25th-best offensive team in in the NHL.

He's already on the voters' radar; if his underlying defensive numbers at 5-on-5 and on the penalty kill improve, he'll have the stat geek support too.