We’re into the Stanley Cup Final but it’s never too early to look toward some postseason betting options. Let’s explore some postseason angles to see if we can close the betting gap between the end of the Stanley Cup and the start of the 2017-18 season.
On June 21st the National Hockey League will announce who the Vegas Golden Knights have taken in the expansion draft. The reveal will be interwoven into the annual awards show from the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As usual there are odds posted on some of the awards, although you will have to dig to find them, let’s take a look at who will most likely bring home the hardware and a few long shots who could give you a nice return on your investment.
Before we get to the awards odds there is a prop out there that allowed you to bet on who you think will be the first overall selection in this year’s entry draft at Sports Interaction. The prop has been taken down for now but perhaps keep an eye on the site in case they throw it back up because I do think it’s a forgone conclusion that Nolan Patrick is the 1st overall selection over Nico Hischier. Patrick was a -172 favorite, perhaps you’ll find it up again after this weekend’s combine and a favorite in most NHL picks.
Even if available, the price would be too rich for me to get involved but with if you must there isn’t any way GM Ray Shero and the New Jersey Devils don’t take Patrick. Shero had his second interview with Patrick this week at the combines in Buffalo, New York. His first was when Shero flew to Patrick’s home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The only question would be if Patrick will be cleared to participate in the physical testing on Saturday. Remember, he has had an injury-plagued 2016-17 season with the Brandon Wheat Kings. His examination is on Wednesday (5/31) so check to see how that goes, if all is good there then you can mark it down that the Devils will use their selection on Patrick. Right now, I wouldn’t throw your money away on this prop.
The awards show provides better options to make money.
The Hart Trophy is a done deal in my opinion and the number reflects that with Connor McDavid being a secure -500 to win. If you must look somewhere else it would be Sidney Crosby at +300 but that’s just crossing your fingers.
The Vezina will go to Columbus goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky at +136. Braden Holtby is a possibility but the media has backed “Bob” all season to win this.
The Norris will go to Brent Burns at +109 as he distanced himself from Erik Karlsson (+440) in the eyes of the oddsmakers.
We’ll get into this a little more as it gets closer to awards day in Las Vegas.