NHL Stanley Cup Betting Futures – Runner-up is Still on Top?

After the Vancouver Canucks lost Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals at home to the Boston Bruins, one would expect their wagering stock to plummet and their value to increase.

Well that doesn’t seem to be the case in the off season, and Vancouver remains the current Stanley Cup winning odds on favorite for the 2011 – 2012 NHL Hockey season…

Vancouver Canucks to Win 2012 Stanley Cup:  +650.

Surprisingly, the team that sent them packing and walked away with Lord Stanley’s Cup is an extremely valuable +1000 to repeat. Both Pittsburgh and Philly have better odds at +700 than Boston, with the Washington Capitals rounding out the top four teams at +750.

All still ranked higher in odds than the defending Champs.

Boston managed to maintain stellar betting value throughout the last post season, and for whatever reason that has translated to this off-season. Betting these futures is about finding the value in the contenders and getting a good line early.

Boston has the most value on the board considering they are the defending champs.

Finding the top team from the previous season in any sport outside of the top three is a great futures bet, setting aside the risk of injuries and trades heading into the season, the Bruins are a phenomenal long term wager…for now.

Here are the rest of the top ten sportsbook Stanley Cup Futures Odds for the upcoming NHL Season:

1 – Vancouver Canucks                +650

2t – Philadelphia Flyers                +700

2t – Pittsburgh Penguins                +700

3 – Washington Capitals                +750

4t – Boston Bruins                            +1000

4t – Detroit Red Wings                +1000

4t – Los Angeles Kings                +1000

5t – San Jose Sharks                +1200

5t – Tampa Bay Lightning                +1200

6t – Buffalo Sabres                            +1600

6t – Chicago Blackhawks                +1600

7 – Montreal Canadiens                +2000

8t – Anaheim Ducks                            +2500

8t – Nashville Predators                +2500

9t – New Jersey Devils                +3000

9t – New York Rangers                +3000

10 – Phoenix Coyotes                +3500

Geoff Johnson

MTS co-founder Geoff Johnson is a lifelong Mets fan, something he can't do anything about. He has a great track record when it comes to wagering on baseball – largely because he's more than willing to bet against the Mets. His career profits are impressive, but not quite as good as his handsome friend Frank Lorenzo. He wishes he hadn't let Frank write his profile.