Futures Odds to win the 2017 Stanley Cup – Who Ya Got?
Looking for 2017 Stanley Cup Futures Betting Odds & Picks? The playoffs are beginning! The 2016-2017 NHL Regular Season is in the books – time to focus on the 16 teams that have qualified for the Stanley Cup Playoffs. There are some obvious favorites heading into the second season – the Blackhawks, the Capitals and the Penguins lead the way with some intriguing sleepers on the board as well.
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Will it be one of the faves that reigns supreme this year or will one of the “value-teams” sneak up on everyone this year?
Let’s break it down.
2017 Stanley Cup Futures Betting Odds – Sure Bets
Chicago Blackhawks +425
The Hawks have won three cups in the last seven years – experience and talent are not lost on this squad. Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Duncan Keith, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brent Seabrook, Marian Hossa and Corey Crawford along with Coach Joel Quenneville are an enviable core making Chicago the betting favorite this year.
The Blackhawks’ path to the Final seems simpler than in years past – they get Nashville in the first round and the winner of Minnesota/St. Louis in the second – Chicago dominated all three of those teams this past season!
There is no matching the talent and experience of Chicago in the West – they are my pick to win it all as boring as it sounds.
Washington Capitals +450
This year’s President’s Trophy winners are #2 on the list somehow. Previous postseason failures have some bettors a tad gun shy about Washington. But those worries seem a bit unfounded to me.
The Caps were by far the best defensive team in the game this past year, they were third in terms of goals for and fourth on the power play – all essential traits for a Stanley Cup winner.
They are deeper than they ever have before and in 2017, they were forced to play hard right up until the last game – unlike seasons past when they coasted over the finish line.
Washington is in a better position than ever to succeed – I like them to come out of the East.
Pittsburgh Penguins +800
The only team equipped to handle the Caps, the Penguins lost defenseman Kris Letting for the rest of the year – not a good sign for this club heading into the postseason.
That said there is still a ton of talent on a Pittsburgh team that was tops in the league this past year in goal scoring. Speed and insane depth at center with Sidney Crosby and Evgeni Malkin make the Pens a threat for sure.
I just can’t see them matching up defensively with the Caps this year. You need all hands on deck to be a serious threat in the NHL – Pittsburgh won’t quite be all hands on!
Minnesota Wild +800
The Wild are a surprising fourth favorite here despite stumbling down the stretch. Bruce Boudreau’s club was the second best offensive club in the game this past season shockingly and Devan Dubnyk was once again one of the more dominant keepers in the game all year long.
The forward unit led by Eric Staal, Charlie Coyle, Mikael Granlund, Mikko Koivu, Zach Parise and Nino Niederreiter, the defense featuring Ryan Suter, Jared Spurgeon, Matt Dumba and Jonas Brodin the goaltending headed by Devan Dubnyk and his .923 save percentage and 2.25 GAA have the Wild on many people’s radar.
It seems like Minnesota’s biggest hurdle will come in the second round (assuming they get by St. Louis) – they will likely take on Chicago who is my pick to win it all this year.
2017 Stanley Cup Futures Betting Odds – Middle Of The Road
Columbus Blue Jackets +1200
It’s true – the Jackets had themselves a great season but experience, depth and arriving at the playoffs on an uptick are all necessary.
The Jackets have none of those traits – they ended the season 1-5-1. Columbus faces Pittsburgh in the first round and they will have to get by Washington likely in the second.
Translation – I don’t like their chances this year!
Anaheim Ducks +1200
The Ducks enter the playoffs as the hottest team in the game – they went 11-0-3 in their last 14 games – defense was shockingly their calling card all season long.
But if this team can’t find a scoring touch (they were 18th in the NHL this past season) it could be another disappointing early exit for this team.
That lack of scoring and a perceived lack of depth could pose problems especially in the later rounds. Ryan Getzlaf and Ryan Kessler can’t play every minute!
Edmonton Oilers +1200
Those of you who expected to see the Oilers in this position – put up your hands. Liars! The Oilers get a taste of the postseason for the first time in 11 years – needless to say experience in the second season isn’t exactly on their side!
That said Edmonton finished inside the top 10 in goals for and goals against this past season – with Conor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl up front and Cam Talbot between the pipes it is no wonder.
Speed kills in the playoffs – the Oilers have it in spades – it is the lack of playoff experience that sends out red flags to me. McDavid will be a marked man in the postseason and if he is even close to being shut down Edmonton is in some trouble.
I do like them to get by San Jose in the first round but after that some elite defenses will come to town to slow the kids down. Edmonton is on my radar for the future for sure – they have some learning to do before then however!
Montreal Canadiens +1400
Now we are starting to get into some value! Any team that has Carey Price on it has a chance – goaltending alone CAN win a Stanley Cup!
The Habs face the Rangers in the first round which is very winnable for sure and will likely get the winner of the Bruins/Senators series in the second which on paper looks like an attainable path for this club.
The offense is still a tad on the weak side but the depth is there and the defense is strong – the additions of coach Claude Julien, Andrew Shaw and Shea Weber also makes this team a lot harder to play right now.
Montreal will go as far as Carey Price takes them and I LOVE Mr. Price in pressure situations. Montreal is my favorite sleeper on the board – don’t look past them this spring!
New York Rangers +1600
The Rangers had a down season by their standards and it all starts with defense and goaltending which struggled unexpectedly this past season.
The team was fourth in goals for but we all know success in the playoffs is tied to quality “D” and stellar goaltending – something that just didn’t get going for this club in 2016-2017.
That said their speed is incredible and their balance up and down the lineup is pretty impressive. I suppose they could take Montreal to the brink or even beat the Habs in the first round but it is unlikely they go much deeper than that.
San Jose Sharks +1600
The defending Western Conference Champs are experienced, they are talented and they were buoyed by the remarkable 29 goals and 76 points from defenseman Brent Burns this past year.
But Joe Thornton and Logan Couture are banged up already, Burns’ play has fallen off and the Sharks have the unenviable task of taking on the Oilers in the first round.
San Jose is another team that could pull an upset but advancing deep looks like a bit of a pipe-dream to me.
Boston Bruins +1600
The Bruins drew a pretty nice first round matchup with the Senators who will have a less-than-100% Erik Karlsson But Boston enters with their own injury concerns – Torey Krug and Brandon Carlo are highly questionable for the first round.
Boston is a team that squeaked into the playoffs – I can’t fathom a long playoff run!
Nashville Predators +2500
The Preds were an average team statistically during the Regular season and draw a tough first round matchup – Chicago beat them four of five times during the Regular Season.
That said Roman Josi, P.K. Subban, Matthias Ekholm and Ryan Ellis are a formidable defensive unit and Pekka Rinne has peaked lately.
We all know this team will win their share of games at home – they were the best during the Regular Season in their own barn – the huge question is whether or not they can win on the road.
I don’t like their chances of getting out of the first round!
St. Louis Blues +2500
The Blues enter the postseason a bit under the radar. They went 22-8-2 after Ken Hitchcock was fired and are playing their best hockey of the season right now.
It all starts with goaltender Jake Allen who went 11-2-2 down the stretch with a terrific GAA over that span.
It is the lack of depth that has myself and others wary – Troy Brouwer and David Backes are gone – two of their most effective playoff performers.
Their defensive step-back is another reason nobody loves this team this year.
2017 Stanley Cup Futures Betting Odds – Long Shots
Calgary Flames +2800
There is perhaps no team in the playoffs with as little to lose than the Flames. Nobody is expecting much from Calgary!
They are a scrappy bunch indeed but a date with Anaheim in the first round is daunting to say the least – a series win there wouldn’t be shocking but its improbable to say the least – Anaheim beat them four of five meetings this past year.
Calgary went 20-9-1 after the All-Star break and will need Brian Elliot to be special in order to win – I don’t think it happens against the hottest team in the game – Anaheim in the first round.
Toronto Maple Leafs +2800
The Leafs re the surprise team of the NHL – they are young, they are fast and they are exciting for sure but the grind of the Stanley Cup Playoffs may be too much this early in the rebuild.
The defense is still their Achilles heel – average defensive clubs are too difficult to depend on in the second season – a lack of experience also has me looking elsewhere as well. Oh ya – they face the Caps in the first round which is a tall task for any team right now.
Ottawa Senators +3300
The injury to Erik Karlsson looms large for this team – the Sens are going to have to rely on a huge effort from Craig Anderson in order to make some noise.
But Ottawa’s newfound defensive style under coach Guy Boucher gives them some hope for a series win or two. Depth is also an issue for this team and without four quality lines going in the playoffs the Sens look like an early casualty.
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