How Early Should Bettors Place their NHL Picks on the Ducks

Ross Benjamin

Thursday, September 24, 2015 3:25 PM GMT

Our NHL handicapping professional shares his thoughts pertaining to futures odds on the Anaheim Ducks. Join us in reading this insightful betting preview article.

Anaheim Ducks NHL Futures Previews
I’m going to be looking at the NHL futures odds of the Anaheim Ducks. According to current NHL odds at Bovada, Anaheim is +900 to win the Stanley Cup, and +550 to repeat as Pacific Division champions. Anaheim finished tied with St. Louis with 109 points a season ago, and were a #1 seed by virtue of a tiebreaker in the Western Conference playoff bracket. They easily disposed of Winnipeg and Calgary in the first two rounds of playoff action. They met the Chicago Blackhawks in the Western Conference Finals, jumped out to a 3-1 series lead, and then watched painfully as Chicago won the next three games to end their Stanley Cup hopes. It’ll be interesting to see how they bounce back this season from that bitter disappointment last May.

 

New Additions
There was an influx of new faces added to the Ducks roster for this upcoming season. Kevin Bieska, Carl Hagelin, Anton Khudobin, Shawn Horcoff, Chris Stewart, Mike Santorelli and Shane O'Brien are the additions.

 

No Longer Ducks
The Ducks also lost players during the past offseason for a variety of reasons. The players who finished last season with Anahiem but are no longer with the team are Matt Beleskey, Kyle Palmieri, Emerson Etem, James Wisniewski, Francois Beauchemin, Tomas Fleischmann and Mark Fistric.

 

2015-2016 Outlook
The Ducks top three scorers from a season ago all return. Ryan Getlaf (25-45-70), Corey Perry (33-22-55), and Ryan Kessler will all be relied upon heavily once again. A player to keep an eye on is 24 year old Ryan Silfverberg. The former Ottawa Senator seems to be on the cusp of being an elite NHL player. He really shone brightly during the Ducks playoff run last spring, scoring 4 goals, adding 14 assists, and that was good for 18 points in 16 games.

The losses of Beauchemin and Wisniewski will be hard to replace on defense. I’m also not sold on Frederik Anderson as a top end goaltender. As a matter of fact, he was very erratic in their Western Conference Finals loss to Chicago. John Gibson just signed a two year extension, and in all likelihood will assume the backup role behind Anderson. Gibson has flashed some moments of brilliance early in his career, but just can’t seem to stay healthy long enough to be an impact.

 

Final Analysis
The Ducks have a rare combination of size and speed that many teams could only hope for. They overwhelmed both Winnipeg and Calgary in last season’s playoffs with their physicality, and especially so on the forecheck. That style of play is conducive to having success in the big picture. I would personally advise to hold off on any early futures wagers on Anaheim. I certainly would steer clear of the +550 wager to win the Pacific Division. They’ have quite a bit of changeover and will eventually be a force again in the West, but it will take time to jell. By exhibiting patience, I believe you will get a very favorable Stanley Cup futures price around the midpoint of the regular season, and get a better value for one of your NHL picks.