Las Vegas–With the 2017-18 campaign just a few short weeks away, Vegas Knights of The Roundtable has put together the early odd’s on favorites of what we think is going to happen over the course of the new season.

We start things off with the toughest trophy in all of the professional sports to win, Lord Stanley Cup.

Stanley Cup Playoffs

This past, the Pittsburgh Penguins were able to accomplish a major organizational milestone in team history by becoming the 1st hockey club since the 1997/98 Red Wings with capturing back-2-back Stanley Cups.

The thing that hockey fans around the world want to know can they be the 1st franchise to 3-peat since the 1976-1979 Montréal Canadiéns and the 1980-1984 New York Islanders?

Back on June 12th of this past summer, My Top Sportsbooks Staff Writer Boris “Bubs” Malloy posted his early odds heading into the 2017-18 campaign.  Hockey fans can see where he provided some baseline for us at Vegas Knights of The Roundtable.

  • Pittsburgh Penguins: ***8/1 (Contingent if the fatigue factor and injury don’t bite on the Pens.) Updated Odds: 9/1
  • Nashville Predators: 10/1 (Losing forward James Neal in the Vegas Draft could affect these odds a bit.) Updated Odds: 11/1
  • Washington Capitals: 10/1 (These odds can be a bit exaggerated given that these Washington Capitals still don’t play with an edge in the playoffs.) Updated Odds: 12/1
  • Anaheim Ducks: 12/1 (No change.)
  • Edmonton Oilers: 12/1 (Last year, the Oilers took a major step forward led by Connor McDavid and surprised the hockey by making the playoffs for the 1st time since the 2005-06 campaign when they lost to Carolina in finals.) Updated Odds: 9/1
  • Tampa Bay Lightning: 12/1 (If Steven Stamkos is healthy for the entire season then the Lightning can make the playoffs do some damage in the early stages, which Nikita Kucherov‘s surge in offense last season this will only help Tampa at having a dangerous 1-2 scoring punch.) Updated Odds: 11/1
  • Chicago Blackhawks: 14/1 (The thing for the recent champs of 2010, 2013, and 2015 they are getting older particularly on defense and are slowing down. This showed up in the opening round where Nashville upset the Blackhawks and swept them in 4 games.) Update Odds: 15/1
  • Minnesota Wild: 16/1 (With forward Erik Haula being with Vegas now his departure could hurt their offensive production.) Updated Odds: 17/1
  • Montreal Canadiens: 16/1 (No change)
  • Dallas Stars: 18/1 (No change)
  • New York Rangers: 18/1 (No change)
  • Columbus Blue Jackets: 20/1 (With bringing the Breadman in via a trade with Chicago, Artemi Panarin could provide the Blue Jackets with some much-needed scoring offense during the regular season and playoffs. Panarin had the pleasure of being Patrick Kane‘s linemate with the Hawks so his experience should play some dividends for Columbus.) Updated Odds: 18/1
  • Calgary Flames: 22/1 (Much like what their province neighbors did this past season, Calgary took a step forward in their development if Johnny Gaudreau and Sean Monahan continue to bring the offense for the Flames.)
  • San Jose Sharks: 22/1 (The biggest loss in franchise history took place over the summer when franchise icon Patrick Marleau signed a 3-year deal with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Marleau spent his entire NHL career with the Sharks since being drafted back in 1997. San Jose’s young forwards in Timo Meier, Marcus Sorensen, Joonas Donskoi, and Melker Karlsson will need to step up in filling a huge void left by Marleau if the Sharks want to do anything major this upcoming season.) Updated Odds: 24/1
  • Toronto Maple Leafs: 25/1 (With the addition of veteran winger Marleau he could help with the maturation in Auston Matthews, Mitch Marner, and William Nylander‘s development as a primary figure head could potentially be a leader for the forward core of the young Leafs.) Updated Odds: 22/1
  • St Louis Blues: 25/1 (No change.)
  • Ottawa Senators: 30/1 (With making it all the way to the Eastern Conference Finals last year, these odds are a bit premature. The Senators players bought into Guy
  • Los Angeles Kings: 30/1 (No change.)
  • Boston Bruins: 35/1
  • Carolina Hurricanes: 40/1 (No change.)
  • New York Islanders: 40/1 (No change.)
  • Philadelphia Flyers: 45/1 (No change.)
  • Florida Panthers: 45/1 (No change.)
  • Winnipeg Jets: 50/1 (No change.)
  • Buffalo Sabres: 60/1 (Bringing in Phil Housley as new bench boss and Jason Botterill in the GM box, this will help with building and creating a winning culture for the Sabres which they need badly going forward.) Updated Odds: 55/1
  • Arizona Coyotes: 75/1 (No change.)
  • Detroit Red Wings: 75/1 (No change.)
  • New Jersey Devils: 75/1 (Having grabbed Nico Hischier as the 1st overall pick in 2017 NHL Entry Draft could work with Taylor Hall another 1st overall selection back when he was a member with Edmonton.) Updated Odds: 73/1
  • Vancouver Canucks: 100/1 (With the Sedin twins getting older and not providing that scoring punch like they have in the past, Vancouver will continue to struggle in the upcoming season to win games. This team is going thru a rebuild of sorts.) Updated Odds: 120/1
  • Colorado Avalanche: 100/1 (With the Matt Duchene rumors still around, this could hurt the Avs even more if GM Joe Sakic does indeed trade him at some point the 2017-18 campaign. Duchene was rumored to traded for the past several months including the NHL’s summer hiatus.) Updated Odds: 110/1
  • Vegas Golden Knights: 150/1 (This is most likely going to be the most accurate odds going into the new season as the newest franchise will be experiencing a ton of growing pains in their 1st year in the NHL. Chemistry and consistency will be a huge challenge that the team will have to work thru.)

Hart Trophy

  • Connor McDavid, Oilers: 7/4
  • Sidney Crosby, Penguins: 5/2
  • Erik Karlsson, Senators: 7/1
  • Auston Matthews, Maple Leafs: 9/1
  • Vladimir Tarasenko, Blues: 14/1
  • Carey Price, Canadiens: 14/1
  • Nikita Kucherov, Lightning: 16/1
  • Patrick Kane, Blackhawks: 16/1
  • Alex Ovechkin, Capitals: 18/1
  • John Tavares, Islanders: 20/1

It’s no surprise to us at Vegas Knights of The Roundtable that Oilers Captain Connor McDavid and Penguins Captain Sydney Crosby will be battling it out as the leagues 1 and 2 guys for the league’s MVP honors. Both players are a generational talent with Crosby as the present face of the league, while McDavid is the future.

Norris Trophy

  • Erik Karlsson, Senators: 10/11
  • Victor Hedman, Lightning: 6/1
  • Drew Doughty, Kings: 9/1
  • Kris Letang, Penguins: 9/1
  • PK Subban, Predators: 12/1

Brent Burns who recently won the Norris Trophy is considered to be the odds-on favorite for us to capture it once again.

Burns became the second player in the Pacific Division to win such an honor as the league’s elite defensemen.

Doughty of Los Angeles was the 1st blueliner in the Pacific to win it.

Vezina Trophy

  • Carey Price, Canadiens: 4/1
  • Sergei Bobrovsky, Blue Jackets: 9/2
  • Cam Talbot, Oilers: 5/1
  • Matt Murray, Penguins: 6/1 
  • Braden Holtby, Capitals: 6/1
  • Devan Dubnyk, Wild: 7/1

I think with the fast paced maturation in Penguins netminder Murray’s stellar performance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs over the past two seasons he could make a run at the Vezina this upcoming season.

First Coach Fired

  • Paul Maurice, Jets: 5/2
  • Bill Peters, Hurricanes: 4/1
  • Dave Tippett, Coyotes: 11/2
  • Alain Vigneault, Rangers: 7/1
  • Barry Trotz, Capitals: 8/1

All these men listed above are no surprise for us going forward in particular with the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes have not made the Stanley Cup Playoffs since the 2008-09 campaign. So the pressure is really getting worse for the former 2006 Cup Champions.

Their attendance hasn’t been good either for quite some time as they have been struggling to fill their building every night. So without putting a string a wins together in the early stages of the season we feel that HC Peters could be shown the door very quickly.

If that happens, it makes sense to name Assistant Coach Rod Brind’Amour (Former Hurricanes Captain and 2006 Stanley Cup Champion) at the very least an-interim Head Coach in the 2017-18 season at some point.

Worst Record

  • Vegas Golden Knights: 7/3
  • Colorado Avalanche: 3/1
  • Vancouver Canucks: 5/1
  • Arizona Coyotes: 5/1
  • New Jersey Devils: 7/1

It’s funny that Colorado, Vancouver, Arizona, and New Jersey are mentioned in the list above as having potentially the worst record in the upcoming season. These after mentioned franchises are going thru issues.

We recently an analyzation series on Vegas with fare against the competition. Below are the links to our articles on these hockey clubs.

Arizona

https://vegasknightsoftheroundtable.com/2017/08/22/how-will-the-vegas-golden-knights-fare-against-the-pacific-division-part-2/

Colorado

https://vegasknightsoftheroundtable.com/2017/08/24/how-will-the-vegas-golden-knights-fare-against-the-central-division-part-2/

New Jersey Devils

https://vegasknightsoftheroundtable.com/2017/08/29/how-will-the-vegas-golden-knights-fare-against-the-metropolitan-division-part-2/

Vancouver Canucks

https://vegasknightsoftheroundtable.com/2017/08/22/how-will-the-vegas-golden-knights-fare-against-the-pacific-division-part-2/

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