Top Picks & Sleepers To Get Prepared For The Stanley Cup 2017

Friday, July 1, 2016 5:54 PM GMT

Our NHL analyst takes a look at what the betting odds are to win the 2017 Stanley Cup. Go inside to read this intriguing betting article which includes some of his initial NHL picks.

2017 Stanley Cup Futures Odds
It’s always a challenge to annually assess Stanley Cup Futures betting odds  during the summer months. This is especially early to do so when considering the 2016 Stanley Cup Finals just ended a week ago. There’s also the 2016 NHL Entry Draft set to take place in Buffalo on 6/24 and 6/25. Finally, the free agency signing period begins on 7/1. A good deal of roster additions and subtractions will happen over the next few weeks, and some of which will affect certain teams more dramatically than others. Consequently, the futures odds for those particular teams will be affected as well. Listed below are current (6/16) NHL betting odds at Bovada pertaining to this specific subject.

Pittsburgh Penguins +800
Chicago Blackhawks +1000
Washington Capitals +1000
St. Louis Blues +1200
Los Angeles Kings +1400
San Jose Sharks +1400
Tampa Bay Lightning +1400
Anaheim Ducks +1600
Dallas Stars +1600
Detroit Red Wings +1800
Minnesota Wild +1800
Nashville Predators +1800
New York Rangers +1800
Montreal Canadiens +2000
New York Islanders +2000
Boston Bruins +2500
Florida Panthers +2500
Philadelphia Flyers +2500
Colorado Avalanche +3300
Calgary Flames +4000
Edmonton Oilers +4000
Ottawa Senators +4000
Arizona Coyotes +5000
Carolina Hurricanes +5000
Columbus Blue Jackets +5000
New Jersey Devils +5000
Vancouver Canucks +5000
Winnipeg Jets +5000
Buffalo Sabres +6600
Toronto Maple Leafs +6600

 

Two Early Top Picks

Tampa Bay Lightning (+1400)Tampa Bay has reached the Eastern Conference Finals in each of the past two seasons. They advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals in 2015 where they lost to Chicago in six games. This past spring, the Lightning lost in seven games during the Conference Finals to eventual Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh. Despite sustaining key injuries this past postseason, Tampa Bay displayed their roster’s quality depth. In all likelihood, they’ll lose star center Steven Stamkos to free agency on the first day he becomes available. However, Stamkos missed all but one game during this past postseason, and the Lightning hardly missed a beat. They will be an experienced battle tested team entering 2016-2017, and one which has played in 43 playoff games over the last two years. With the exception of Stamkos, their roster will remain virtually intact. The Bolts are once again primed to strike.

Anaheim Ducks (+1600): Anaheim lost in seven games during the 2015 Western Conference Finals to the eventual Stanley Cup champion Chicago Blackhawks. This past postseason was a huge disappointment for the Ducks. They entered the 2016 NHL Playoffs with high expectations after a 103 point regular season which was good for first in the Pacific Division. Unfortunately, they were upset by Nashville during first round action, and sent packing much earlier than expected. That shocking early exit resulted in the firing of head coach Bruce Boudreau, and prompted the recent hiring of Randy Carlyle. This will be Carlyle’s second stint as head coach for the Ducks organization. The cupboard won’t be left bare for Carlyle. The Ducks will have a nice blend of experience and youth heading into next season, and they’re certainly worth serious consideration when assessing your future NHL free picks.

Honorable Mention
Washington Capitals (+1000)
Dallas Stars (+1600)

 

The Sleepers
Florida Panthers (+2500): The Panthers had a terrific 2015-2016 regular season campaign which saw them amass 103 points and capture the Atlantic Division crown. Many experts predicted Florida would be a playoff team before the season began. However, they certainly exceeded expectations by cracking the century mark in points, and winning a division title. Their dream season came to a screeching halt in a Eastern Conference Quarterfinal loss the Islanders in six games. The Panthers lost three games in that series in overtime. They’ll be a major player in this upcoming season. In terms of pure betting value, Florida may be currently the best in that regard.

Nashville Predators (+1800): Nashville qualified for the 2016 postseason by grabbing the Western Conference top wild card spot. They went on to upset Anaheim in seven games during the Western Conference quarterfinals. The Predators gave San Jose all they can handle in the Conference Semifinals, before eventually bowing out in seven games. I’m anticipating they’ll be a vastly underrated team heading into next season, and will be especially overlooked early on. They have the personnel in place to make a serious run at Stanley Cup lore in 2017.

Honorable Mention
Montreal Canadiens (+2000)
Boston Bruins (+2500)