Folks, the Stanley Cup Final just ended last night and it was one for the books as the St. Louis Blues won their first Stanley Cup in franchise history. It was arguably the biggest rags to riches story in the history of the NHL considering they were dead last in the standings of the entire NHL on January 1st.
At that time, they were 250/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup. By now you’ve probably heard the story of the man who placed a $400 bet on them to win the Stanley Cup and won $100,000. That’s an absolutely wild story that will likely never happen again.
For those of us who didn’t make that bet (AKA pretty much everyone else), the 2020 Stanley Cup odds have already been released. If you’re looking for some futures bets with some nice value, here’s the top bets that I’d make at this very moment for a team to win the Stanley Cup. Now that’s not to say that I don’t think a lot of teams who are more favored don’t have a better chance to win the Stanley Cup but there’s just significantly less value.
1. Washington Capitals at 20/1
It seems like just yesterday we were enjoying one of the greatest binges in the history of sports when Alex Ovechkin finally won the Stanley Cup and he didn’t let it leave his side for what seemed like a month while he got hammered and celebrated. This team was a flukey game 7 double OT performance away from playing the overrated Islanders which means that they likely would have gone to the Eastern Conference Final at worst.
They still have the core of their team intact in Alex Ovechkin, Evgeny Kuznetzov, John Carlson, Nikolas Backstrom, and Braden Holtby so it makes no sense for them to be as low as 20/1. This is a really good hockey team at a really great value.
2. Florida Panthers at 25/1
This is far and away the best value on the board in my eyes. This team just hired one of the NHL’s best coaches in Joel Quenneville. They’re one of the front runners to add the likes of Artemi Panarin and/or Sergei Bobrovsky. There’s already a solid amount of talent on the roster with Aleksander Barkov, Vincent Trocheck, Keith Yandle, Aaron Ekblad, and Jonathan Huberdeau.
I have a feeling after free agency begins on July 1st you’ll be hard pressed to find this team anywhere close to 25/1. Place a few dollars on this now and it could have a big payout in a year.
3. Calgary Flames at 20/1
Sure, the Flames may have had a bitter first round exit at the hands of the Colorado Avalanche but there are still a lot of positives for them to take out of last season. They had the best record in the regular season in the Western Conference and should have most of their big guns returning.
If they can add a little bit on defense and become a bit more physical then this team could be a legitimate contender for the Cup next season. These odds are not bad at all if you’re looking for a solid futures bet.
4. Dallas Stars at 30/1
The Dallas Stars are a very underrated hockey team who play great team defense and have an elite goaltender in Ben Bishop. The oddsmakers must have forgotten that they were within a double OT game 7 of going to the Western Conference Finals when they fell against the eventual champion St. Louis Blues.
This team was 3rd last in the league in scoring last season and if they could just get a slight bump in offense they’ll be a complete wagon. I’d have to anticipate that they’ll be trying to get more help down the middle of the ice this summer and if they can get more scoring without sacrificing their defensive effort then this team can easily go all the way.