Stanley Cup 2023 Picks: Pre-season predictions and odds for the 2022-23 season

It’s as if the Colorado Avalanche were yesterday ousted the Tampa Bay Lightning as back-to-back champions in the 2022 Stanley Cup Final. We’re almost three months since then and the 2022-23 NHL season is set to start (more or less) on Saturday with games of some sort. before the season. The regular season will begin on Friday, October 7th.

The Stanley Cup odds for the 2022-23 season look a lot like they did at the start of last season. There isn’t as much parity in the NHL as we’re used to seeing, but it’s always worth pointing out the favorites and the long odds for winning the cup. Will we see the emergence of a black horse? Let’s take a look at the possibilities on the DraftKings sports site and make a few selections.

Stanley Cup 2022-23 odds

Favorite

Avalanche (+380) – There is a bit of Avs turnover but its core is back. Nathan McKinnon signed a massive extension. Kal Makar is the best defense man on the planet. Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen are still around to form the best streak in hockey. Alexander Georgiev will be in the net instead of Darcy Comber. Nazim Qadri is also gone. Both were clearly replaceable. So Avs has a good chance of restarting it.

(+700) Maple Leaf – Behind the Avs are the Leafs. Is it their last year? It’s hard to think of this team leaping from a first-round exit all the way to the cup final, let alone a win. Toronto returns the same roster minus goalkeeper Jack Campbell. Matt Murray and Ilya Samsonov will take over. Desperation may dwindle and the Leafs’ window to win the current Auston Matthews and Mitch Marner contracts may shrink.

(+1600) Lubricants – At some point, Conor McDavid is going to break through, and that’s as good a year as any. The Oilers have arguably the best hockey players on the planet at McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. Finally (apparently) Edmonton has an answer in the net with Campbell, from The Leafs via Free Agency. If Campbell is able to provide a stabilizing force in the net, it could help the Oilers get over the hump and enter the cup final.

black horses

Penguins (+2000) – Pittsburgh nearly passed the New York Rangers but AHL-level goalkeepers hampered the team in the first round in 2022. The Penguins still have Sidney Crosby, Evgeny Malkin and Chris Letang. Similar to the other contenders, Pittsburgh will return with a similar roster to last season. Pens are very tough to play against and no one will want to see them in the post-season. If the goalkeepers can maintain their health, the Penguins will have one last chance at the Cup with Crosby and Malkin.

(+2500) Golden Nights – It was a slow descent from the top of the West after the 2017-18 Golden Knights debuted. This may be the year the Knights brought it together. Jacques Eichel is healthy and introverted. New coach Bruce Cassidy should be able to do a better job than previous coaches Gerard Gallant and Pete Deborre. Vegas has some good young goals in Logan Thompson and Adin Hill. Eichel played only 34 games last season and Mark Stone 37. The Golden Knights have one of the deepest and toughest offensive combinations in the NHL.

Stars (+4500) Dallas is not far from qualifying for the Cup Final in 2020. The stars very much feel like the Penguins of the Western Conference if you look at the performance in the first round last season. Dallas was about to get rid of the Calgary Flames and after that, anything seemed possible. Jake Oettinger may be the best goalkeeper in the NHL this season. The stars have a good mix of young strikers (Jack Robertson, Rob Hintz) and seasoned leaders (Tyler Seguin, Jimmy Bean, Joe Pavlesky).

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