NHL Odds – Way Too Early 2017 Stanley Cup Futures

Some people say it’s ridiculous to post next year’s Stanley Cup futures while this year’s playoffs are still going on. None of those people are my boss.

Sure, the offseason will see coaches fired, stars traded, and prospects drafted, but you can still jump-start your betting analysis now, giving you a solid base to build off when the happenings do transpire.

Without further ado …

2017 Stanley Cup Futures

Chicago Blackhawks: 8/1

Even though their 2015-16 postseason run ended earlier than expected, the Chicago Blackhawks deserve a lot of respect. Why? Three Stanley Cups in seven years, that’s why.  They’ll make a few moves here and there in the offseason, but the core of Patrick Kane, Jonathon Toews, and Duncan Keith will remain intact. Super rookie Artemi Panarin will also be a year older and stronger. This team is poised for long-term success and has the experience to get it done in the clutch.

St. Louis Blues: 8/1

After getting over their first-round jitters this year, there’s no telling how high the Blues will fly. Just how good has this team been lately? St. Louis has the most regular-season wins in the league since Ken Hitchcock took over the coaching job in 2011-12, according to Elias Sports Bureau. They’re strong up-front with Vladimir Tarasenko and company; they’re stacked on defense with Kevin Shattenkirk and Alex Pietrangelo; and they’re set in net with two excellent tenders, Jake Allen and Brian Elliott. Find me a hole in this roster, I dare you. Re-upping captain David Backes will be imperative.

Pittsburgh Penguins: 9/1

The Penguins have a team filled with champions that know how to approach the postseason. Sidney Crosby a slow start to the 2015-16 season, but finished on fire and totalled 85 points. With Evgeni Malkin anchoring the second line, the Pens still have the best one-two punch up the middle in the league. Add in a D corps that’s anchored by Kris Letang and the underrated Trevor Daley and you have the makings of a perennial contender.

Anaheim Ducks: 10/1

The Anaheim Ducks sent Bruce Boudreau home after another playoff disappointment. Whoever takes over the project is walking into a star-studded but top-heavy team that excels on special teams. (The Ducks led the league in both powerplay and penalty kill percentage last year.) Depth is an issue – as is goaltending – but they looked like the best team in the league in the second half of the season and will be Western Conference contenders once again.

Tampa Bay Lightning: 11/1

The Lightning are still going strong in the 2016 playoffs without injured sniper Steven Stamkos. That said, the fate of the impending free agent will have a huge impact on Tampa’s forecast for the upcoming season. Without him, Tyler Johnson, Nikita Kucherov, and Victor Hedman will make the Lightning competitive. With him, they look like Eastern Conference favorites.

The Field:
  • San Jose Sharks: 12/1
  • Washington Capitals: 12/1
  • New York Rangers: 14/1
  • Los Angeles Kings: 14/1
  • Nashville Predators: 15/1
  • Dallas Stars: 15/1
  • New York Islanders: 18/1
  • Detroit Red Wings: 18/1
  • Florida Panthers: 18/1
  • Minnesota Wild: 18/1
  • Montreal Canadiens: 20/1
  • Philadelphia Flyers: 25/1
  • Boston Bruins: 25/1
  • Winnipeg Jets: 27/1
  • Edmonton Oilers: 35/1
  • Ottawa Senators: 35/1
  • Vancouver Canucks: 60/1
  • Colorado Avalanche: 60/1
  • Buffalo Sabres: 65/1
  • Calgary Flames: 65/1
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: 65/1
  • New Jersey Devils: 65/1
  • Carolina Hurricanes: 70/1
  • Arizona Coyotes: 70/1
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: 80/1.

(Photo Credit: BagoGames (Flickr) [https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/].)

Frank Lorenzo

MTS co-founder Frank “Let It Ride” Lorenzo has been betting on sports since he was legally allowed to do so. (Did he do so before then, too? No comment.) He enjoys very strong coffee, neon lights, and passing on his wealth of betting knowledge to anyone who will listen.

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