Well, I suppose I should be flattered that so many people read my thoughts this time around.
Predictions are really just for fun. There's no wrong way to go about it, not when the league is so unpredictable, and I resent the fact that I'm being called everything from a knob to an idiot for my picks.
Last season, I spent all kinds of time defending picks. I was on the radio in B.C., explaining why I thought Vancouver would miss the playoffs after winning the Northwest in 2006-07. Tampa Bay was up in arms that I had them 14th in the East when the only big loss was Dan Boyle. At least Wild fans offered kind words when I said they would be the Northwest champs.
I had a few awful picks, but when it all shook out, my predictions were far and away the most accurate according to Hockey Numbers' year end comparison.
There were similar results a year earlier.
So there. Put your money on Buffalo folks. :-)