Preseason NHL Betting Power Rankings
Now that the NHL has opened training camps, let’s take a look at where teams are stacking up as a result of their offseaosn moves and their early showings for this year’s NHL betting.
#30 Arizona Coyotes
At least they haven’t been evicted from their arena like they thought, but their only real move was to draft center Dylan Strome with the third pick. They also signed Antoine Vermette from the Stanley Cup champion Blackhawks.
#29 Toronto Maple Leafs
The Leafs brought in Mike Babcock to transform their team. They did sign some nice players but dealt Phil Kessel away for prospects. It’s rebuilding mode for sure.
#28 New Jersey Devils
The Devils brought in John Moore and Kyle Palmieri…but the did almost nothing for their offense, which only averaged 2.21 goals a game last year.
#27 Buffalo Sabres
The Sabres will improve, but their defense still will resemble Swiss cheese. Don’t expect the Sabres to be in the playoffs this year.
#26 Philadelphia Flyers
Chris Pronger has been shipped off for Sam Gagner. Michal Neuvirth is the new backup goalie, and Michal Neuvirth is the new backup netminder. However, the team remains a mess, stuck with the albatross of Vincent Lecavalier’s contract.
#25 Colorado Avalanche
Ryan O’Reilly is gone, shipped to Buffalo, with Carl Soderberg to take his place. However, the Avs haven’t altered their destiny much from where they finished last season.
#24 San Jose Sharks
Martin Jones is now the #1 goalie even though he has only played 34 games in his career. The forwards are a year older, so don’t expect the offense to shine.
#23 Winnipeg Jets
Michael Frolik headed to Calgary as a free agent, and the Jets kept Drew Stafford. The Jets look to fall out of the playoffs this coming season.
#22 Ottawa Senators
They finished with a 23-3-4 run, and they must think those players will still be golden this year, because they made almost no changes. I don’t see that magic continuing.
#21 Vancouver Canucks
They did make the playoffs last year, but no one understood how. The best goalie (Eddie Lack) was shipped to Carolina, and Zack Kassian and Kevin Bieksa were traded away too. Don’t expect the Canucks to be in the playoffs again.
#20 Edmonton Oilers
Coach Todd McLellan is one of the legue’s best, and they drafted Connor McDavid and key defenseman Andrej Sekera. So this team will improve, but they will still need luck to get into the playoffs.
#19 Boston Bruins
Don Sweeney shipped Milan Lucic away for two first-round draft picks, but he shouldn’t have traded Doug Hamilton for lower picks. He also traded for Zac Rinaldo, who spends as much time suspended as he does on the ice.
#18 Calgary Flames
The Flames rode luck into the playoffs last year, so now it’s time to make the team good. Doug Hamilton came from the B’s for a lmost nothing, and Michael Frolik will boost the goal scoring.
#17 Carolina Hurricanes
Eddie Lack will be solid in goal, and draft pick Noah Hanifin should step right in. Alex Semin left in a buyout, so the team will need defense and goaltending to get to the playoffs.
#16 Florida Panthers
The young talent in Florida will determine whether they get back to the playoffs. They need a solid backup goalie as well.
#15 Nashville Predators
The Preds had the league’s best record on February 17 last season, but they went on an awful 6-12-3 run to close the season and washed out in the first round of the palyoffs. They did add Barret Jackman as a defenseman, but you’re not the only one worried that they won’t be as good this year.
#14 New York Islanders
The Isles started out 43-21-4 but finished with a run of 4-7-3, losing in the first round of the playoffs in seven games. There weren’t any significant offseason additions, either.
#13 Los Angeles Kings
Slava Voynov pled no contest to domestic abuse and may be headed out of the country, and Mike Richards had a drug incident at the border. The Kings brought in Milan Lucic, but they have chaos all over the place now.
#12 Dallas Stars
The Stars brought in Patrick Sharp and Antti Niemi to bolster a crew of forwards that already scores in bunches and to solidify a questionable goalie position.
#11 Columbus Blue Jackets
The Blue Jackets finished with a 12-0-1 run, once their whole lineup was finally out of the infirmary. They traded for Chicago’s Brandon Saad and will be fearsome next year.
#10 New York Rangers
Losing Carl Hagelin and Martin St. Louis hurts, but they still have the amazing Henrik Lundqvist between the pipes, along with a solid defense.
#9 Minnesota Wild
the team lost Matt Cooke, Sean Bergenheim and Chris Stewart but are still locks for the playoffs. This young team will only get better and better.
#8 Pittsburgh Penguins
They brought in Phil Kessel and will improve on the 98 points they had last year. They don’t have the depth to excel in the playoffs, but they have two stellar offensive lines.
#7 Chicago Blackhawks
They will drop significantly if Patrick Kane ends up under indictment for a sexual assault change in suburban Buffalo. They did do a good job of dumping salary while keeping quality personnel at a variety of positions.
#6 Montreal Canadiens
This team basically did nothing in the off-season, which makes you think that they believe Carey Price can win them a Stanley Cup all by himself.
#5 St. Louis Blues
This team will dominate in the regular season – and lose in the first round again. A slow start will get Ken Hitchcock fired from behind the bench.
#4 Washington Capitals
Losing T.J. Oshie hurts, but goalie Braden Holtby has them in position to be a playoff team for the long haul. But how far can they go?
#3 Detroit Red Wings
Henrik Zetterberg and Pavel Datsyuk are still around and healthy, so look for the Wings to get to the playoffs. They have not one but two reliable goalies too.
#2 Anaheim Ducks
They will win the Pacific Division again, thanks to adding Carl Hagelin’s speed. They still need a true #1 goalie, though.
#1 Tampa Bay Lightning
This team was exciting in the Stanley Cup finals, but now Jonathan Drouin will be even better. Bringing in Erik Condra is an upgrade over Brenden Morrow.