The St. Louis Blues completed a worst-to-first run during the 2018-19 season to end the year hoisting the NHL Stanley Cup. Will the Blues repeat, can the Tampa Bay Lightning overcome an all-time disappointing season, or will a new sleeper team capture the Cup? NHL Stanley Cup odds are provided by DraftKings.
Top 5 NHL Stanley Cup contenders for the 2019-20 season
Tampa Bay Lightning +750
The 2018-19 Tampa Bay Lightning became the first team in NHL history to capture the Presidents’ Trophy for most points in the regular season and then be swept in the first round of the playoffs.
Based on talent alone, there is no reason to think the Lightning shouldn’t be near the top of the NHL’s overall standings once again.
Hart Trophy (NHL MVP) winner Nikita Kucherov and Vezina Trophy (best goalie) winner Andrei Vasilevskiy lead a core that returns most of its 2018-19 squad.
Don’t let last season’s early exit deter you from wagering on the favorites.
Vegas Golden Knights +1100
The Vegas Golden Knights couldn’t replicate a trip to the Stanley Cup Final in Year 2 after making a miraculous run as an expansion franchise.
As solid as any club on offense, the Golden Knights have questions on defense – most notably, whether netminder Marc-Andre Fleury is able to avoid a decline in play as he turns 35 in November.
Toronto Maple Leafs +1200
Can the Toronto Maple Leafs lift the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1967?
It’s been a slow burn in Toronto, but years of development could finally pay off in the 2019-20 season.
First, the Leafs need to prove they are capable of advancing in the playoffs after three straight years of first-round exits – the last two coming at the hands of the Boston Bruins.
Budding superstar center Auston Matthews also must show that he is mature enough to handle a leadership role.
Boston Bruins +1300
The defending Eastern Conference champions fell one win shy of winning the NHL Stanley Cup last season. The veteran-heavy Bruins are still as dangerous as ever, but team captain Zdeno Chara must fight off Father Time as he will turn 43 in March. Being paired with young standout defenseman Charlie McAvoy on the No. 1 line should be able to cushion any decline from Chara.
Tuukka Rask and Jaroslav Halak could split a significant amount of time at goalie until one wrestles the job away from the other.
Dallas Stars +1300
The Dallas Stars made a huge splash this offseason, signing forward Joe Pavelski to a three-year deal. The addition of Pavelski provides the Stars with the added depth and scoring they desperately lacked a season ago when getting eliminated in the second round of the playoffs by the St. Louis Blues.
While the Stars have the potential to be a very dangerous team come playoff time, Dallas will still need far more production from the second and third lines if they want to be taken seriously as a legitimate Stanley Cup contender.
Defending NHL Stanley Cup champion
St. Louis Blues +1800
The St. Louis Blues came from nowhere to win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup. The Blues entered the 2019 calendar year sporting a record of 15-18-4 before finishing with a 45-28-9 record.
Asking any team to repeat as champions is a tall task. Can the Blues put together a complete season? At the very least, the Blues likely won’t need another miracle prior to making a deep run in playoffs.
This is a team that shouldn’t see much of a drop-off, so +1800 seems worth the risk.
NHL Stanley Cup sleeper pick
Minnesota Wild +4000
When looking at NHL future odds, everyone hopes to find the one big fish they can eventually cash-in on.
While not among the league’s elite, the Wild have enough talent to win multiple series in May. The defense is good enough to carry the team through stretches of the season and the offense is solid.
If goaltender Devan Dubnyk can provide the team with average play in net, or if Minnesota is able to acquire another netminder at the trade deadline, the Wild could be a team no one wants to face come playoff time.
Best of the rest
Colorado Avalanche +1700
Nashville Predators +1700
Washington Capitals +1700
Calgary Flames +1800
San Jose Sharks +1900
Pittsburgh Penguins +2000
Carolina Hurricanes +2100
Florida Panthers +2500
New Jersey Devils +2700
Winnipeg Jets +2700
Outside looking in…
Philadelphia Flyers +3200
Montreal Canadiens +3500
Columbus Blue Jackets +3700
New York Islanders +3700
New York Rangers +3700
Chicago Blackhawks +4000
|Chicago Blackhawks future odds|
|Stanley Cup winner||+4000|
|Western Conference winner||+2200|
|Central Division winner||+1000|
|To make NHL playoffs: Yes||+180|
|To make NHL playoffs: No||-225|
|DraftKings Sportsbook odds as of Sept. 26, 2019|
Anaheim Ducks +4500
Vancouver Canucks +4500
Arizona Coyotes +5000
Edmonton Oilers +5000
Buffalo Sabres +5500
With the first pick in the 2020 NHL Draft…
Los Angeles Kings +10000
Detroit Red Wings +15000
Ottawa Senators +22500