Stanley Cup futures odds look very similar to the ones we saw last season. Teams that were favored by the end of the regular season & into the playoffs start the 2015-16 season atop the board again.
Where Have I Seen this Before?
As we take a look at the 2015-16 Stanley Cup futures, you’ll probably see a number of familiar faces:
Chicago Blackhawks 7/1
New York Rangers 8/1
Anaheim Ducks 10/1
St. Louis Blues 12/1
Tampa Bay Lightning 12/1
Of the top five teams, four of them made it to the conference finals, so it’s not a huge surprise that they’re back at the top of the board for next season.
The Blackhawks are favored because, well, they’re the Stanley Cup champs. They are going to be at the top of the board well into next season. They’re a veteran team that’s now deemed a dynasty, so they are going to be the chalk until further notice.
As for the Ducks, Blues, Rangers and Lightning, each of those teams had fairly stellar seasons (Blues maybe being the exception) and all return fairly loaded rosters for next season. Each of those teams are maybe a piece or two away from winning it all and even if things remained status quo, each are capable of winning it all. We knew that this year and we still know that heading into next year. That’s why they’re all at the top of the board.
Where’s The Value?
If you’re looking for value for someone outside of the top tier, here are a couple of teams to keep in mind (one from each conference):
Boston Bruins at 16/1
The Bruins entered last season as one of the Stanley Cup favorites but after a tumultuous season, they have dropped all the way down to 16/1. They are still tight up against the camp and won’t have much room to maneuver, but this is a team that has competed with this roster before. They still have the core of David Krejci, Patrice Bergeron, Milan Lucic, Brad Marchand and Loui Eriksson up front and if the blue line improves, this team will be back in the playoffs for sure. At 16/1, they are worth a flier.
Los Angeles Kings at 14/1
The Kings are low on this list but remember: it’s very hard to repeat as Stanley Cup champions. While the Chicago Blackhawks have won the Stanley Cup in three of the last six seasons, the Kings have done it twice in the last four. The biggest reason to like them is that they return a loaded roster. Really, this is a team that either achieves or underachieves, and they did the latter last season. If they can somehow find a way to offload Mike Richards and get this team to play with some more fire, they’ll be a good NHL pick at 14/1 to win it all.