We asked our NHL capper whether he deems the Blackhawks to be a dynasty based on their accomplishments in recent years. He also chimes in on the teams 2016 Stanley Cup Future odds.
Are the Blackhawks a Dynasty?
A successful reign, well established empire, and dominating era are all associated with sports teams that are considered to be a dynasty. The NHL season was recently completed less than a week ago, culminating with Chicago winning the Stanley Cup. It’s an opportune time to discuss whether the Blackhawks are to be considered or in the process of being a dynasty.
As a result of last week’s accomplishment, the Blackhawks have won three of the last six Stanley Cups. They’ve also advanced to the Western Conference Finals in five of the previous seven years. As a matter of fact, the only other teams to hoist the Stanley Cup besides Chicago during that six year period were the Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins. The Kings were able to do so two times and the Bruins once. However, both the Kings and Bruins failed to qualify for the 2015 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and must be excluded from the conversation which pertains to a dynasty. On the other hand, the Blackhawks are definitely in the discussion, and are a franchise that should unequivocally be considered as a current dynasty. In this modern era of professional sports where wholesale annual changes in personnel is more the norm than not, the front office in Chicago should be commended for keeping their core group of players intact during this highly successful run.
2016 Future Odds on Blackhawks
If you’re considering making an early wager on Chicago to capture a second consecutive NHL title next spring, let’s consider a few things before jumping the gun. The 2016 Stanley Cup future odds at Bovada have the Chicago Blackhawks at 5:1 odds to repeat as champions. Chicago is clearly the prohibitive favorite in that regard, with Tampa Bay and the New York Rangers next in line at 10:1 odds. How difficult is it to repeat as Stanley Cup champions? Well I’m glad you asked. The last team to do so was the Detroit Red Wings back in 1998. Then it was the Pittsburgh Penguins that accomplished the feat in 1992. Putting all of this into perspective, there has been just two teams that have won the Stanley Cup in consecutive seasons during the last 26 years. My advice is to stay away from making a wager on the Blackhawks at this early juncture, and look for a better value based on the data which I just discussed.