Best Value for Stanley Cup Futures
The first step is to evaluate the favorites according to FanDuel. Boston Bruins (+380), Colorado Avalanche (+700), and the Toronto Maple Leafs (+900) are the top 3 favorites. The Colorado Avalanche are looking to be the first back to back champions since the Pittsburgh Penguins.
The Boston Bruins are on pace to be the winningest and have the highest point total in NHL history. They are led by David Pastrnak this season scoring 57 goals so far this year. Veteran Patrice Bergeron is on what might be his final run for another Stanley Cup and the Bruins are trying to help him reach that.
However, the odds at +380 are simply not worth the money as no Presidents Trophy winner has won the Stanley Cup since the 2013 Chicago Blackhawks. So you should place your money elsewhere.
Colorado Avalanche are the defending Stanley Cup Champions and current stand at +700 to win the Cup and are getting healthy at the right time and have came all the way back to be in position to win the Central Division
At +700, and with the western conference being so weak this year the Avalanche are an easy pick at +700 to win the Stanley Cup, so do yourself a favor and place some money on the Avs to win the Cup.
Toronto Maple Leafs
The Toronto Maple Leafs are again looking to make it past the first round this season, and will have to play the Tampa Bay Lightning. Matthews has returned and is healthy but Ryan O’Reilly has returned but might still be dealing with issues from breaking his finger.
Overall, the Leafs are not worth the money as they have yet to prove any playoff success and will be playing the most successful playoff team in the 2020s.
Worth the Odds?
The Minnesota Wild currently sit at +2000, but still have a chance to win their division, however, they have major issues with their team before one decides to bet on them to win the Stanley Cup.
Verdict: Not worth the money. For the Wild to win the Stanley Cup they will need to get offense from players that have proven no ability to do so this season. The Wild’s best player is also returning from Injury and we don’t know how he will look.
Los Angeles Kings
Since winning the Stanley Cup in 2012 and 2014 the Kings have been rather quiet as of late, but did make the playoffs last year and gave the Edmonton Oilers quite the series.
They still have elite veteran experience with Anze Kopitor and Drew Doughty. They have young talent, and Adrian Kempe has finally broken through as they would have hoped.
Verdict: Worth the money. The Kings have shown us before they can make playoff runs and this year it wouldn’t surprise me at all, and at +2400 to win the Cup they have great return on investment.