My first-round picks

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Because I was at a complete loss in projecting who would come out of the Stanley Cup playoffs with a ring, I posed the question to a GM much smarter than me, hoping for guidance.

He had no idea, either.

“It’s wide open,” he said when we chatted over the weekend.

Then he went on to rattle of a bunch of teams that could win it.

“St. Louis is as good as anybody. You can never count out Chicago. Minnesota has been on a great run,” he said, then shifted to the East.