Wayne Gretzky's Oilers-Flames prediction. Wayne Gretzky’s Oilers-Flames prediction.

One challenge for former players turned national analysts is balancing their new role of leaguewide analysis with their past playing for particular teams. The latest interesting thing there is NHL on TNT (although not every week) analyst Wayne Gretzky‘s pre-playoffs bracket, which wound up predicting eight of eight first-round series correctly:


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But what’s really notable about this is Gretzky’s prediction for the second round, where he has the Calgary Flames beating the Edmonton Oilers (who he played for from 1978-88). That led to quite the comment from the Oilers on Instagram:

Interestingly enough, Gretzky addressed this specific series in an interview with Edmonton radio station 630 CHED’s Bob Stauffer Mondayk:

“This is going to be a seven-game series and truly be the Battle of Alberta.”

“(The fans) have waited a long time patiently for this kind of a series. So it should be really exciting and should be a lot of fun.”

That’s less dramatic and definitive than his bracket prediction, but it’s still interesting. And we’ll see if Gretzky’s bracket can keep up its perfection in the second round of the playoffs, even if that means a loss for one of his former teams.

[Ryan Pike on Twitter, Global News, image via Tim and Friends on Twitter]

About Andrew Bucholtz

Andrew Bucholtz has been covering sports media for Awful Announcing since 2012. He is also a staff writer for The Comeback. His previous work includes time at Yahoo! Sports Canada and Black Press.