#1: You guessed it, the Penguins win the Cup
Can you really be a Penguins fan and not predict them to win the Cup every year? Probably not, unless you’re a lifelong fan that’s life spans more than the past 2 decades. As the rest of this season is really hanging in the unknowns, it’s hard to tell what might have happened. The Penguins looked poised to make a cup run with a team that will be weaker than next year’s side.
Injuries will always plague any good NHL team, and the Penguins are no different. The big difference between this year and next is that they will have reliable replacements ready to fill in. Unsung hero’s like Chad Ruhwedel and up and comers like Evan Rodrigues will be the difference when it comes to filling in the gap once more.
Already mentioned in this post but prevalent to this prediction as well, is the rise of the youth and the rebound season that Jake Guentzel is going to provide will be a massive change as well. The veteran presence of Crosby and Malkin will still be there, leading the charge into late season. People always debate with Penguins Stanley Cup-winning side was the best, and this could be it.
Pittsburgh Penguins: Top 5 predictions for next season.
Sid, Geno, and Letang use this season as just another reminder that someday they will be NHL Hall of Fame recipients. Coach Sullivan makes another stride into the history books, and Patrick Marleau can ride off into the sunset with a Cup celebration.
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Well, there you have it. Guentzel dethrones Sid and Geno, the youth takes over, PA is gold and not orange, Jarry steps up, and the Pens win the Cup. 5 bold yet realistic predictions that can take the disappointment from this season and turn it upside down.