The NHL season is just about to get going and the Minnesota Wild are still in a little bit of an afterglow of breaking on to the trendy scene of Cool Teams last season, headlined by Kirill Kaprizov. But how much do you think that is going to carry over into actual success? And how much are you willing to bet on it?
Well we gathered up some bets from FanDuel and decided to take a look at just exactly what the odds are for overall team success, where they finish the regular season, individual player awards, and some over/unders for season totals.
Note: This is not a sponsored post from FanDuel, we just thought it would be handy to have.
Win the President’s Trophy: +3100
The Wild are certainly not anywhere near the favorites to be crowned as the team with the most points in the regular season. The +3100 odds put them at ninth in the league, 9th in league, but rank third among all Western Conference teams and the Colorado Avalanche are the only other team with more favorable odds (they are at the top with +250) in their division.
Win the Stanley Cup: +2700
Who will win it all and get to lift the greatest trophy in sports? Well the Wild have a little bit of way to go to better their chances according to bet-makers. The +2700 odds put them at 12th in the NHL, and again, the Avalanche are at the top. It’s easy to see that their odds are ranked lower comparatively throughout the league than winning the President’s Trophy, because you know they will have to go through the favorites to win the whole dang thing.
Make the Stanley Cup Final: +1200
But what if they just make the Final and still go through Colorado? Well it’s a little bit easier to swallow but still banking on the Minnesota Wild to win multiple playoff rounds.
First in Central Division: +700
This one is a little bit easier and considering that it’s basically a pile of maybes after the Avalanche in the Central, if those dudes slip up just a little bit and the Wild get some favorable goaltending and increased offensive production, then you can certainly see it happen. A lot of things have to go certain ways though.
Player Award Odds
The Wild were lucky enough to get Kirill Kaprizov walking away with the Calder, head coach Dean Evason come close in the race to win the Jack Adams, and Joel Eriksson Ek place fourth in Selke Trophy voting, there are some hot contenders for individual awards this time around.
Note: We could not find anywhere that had Selke Trophy odds, but I just have to assume that Eriksson Ek is one of the top leaders. Most likely it’s just too weird of an award category for oddsmakers to really set some standard. Huh.
Win the Hart Trophy
Kirill Kaprizov: +3400
Kaprizov is graduating from winning the Calder and is right in the race for the Hart Trophy, and his +3400 odds are good for 14th in the NHL. Considering that he is one of few true offensive options for the Wild and will no doubt have a substantial importance on this season, this bet might be one of the easiest to just chip-in a couple bucks for. The Wild are going to certainly be on the postseason (please) and that apparently matters for some more traditional voters, and he will most certainly be given much better linemates and opportunities compared to the slow feeling-out process for him last season. He’s going to lead this team in scoring, and that gap might be good enough for people to point that out.
Kevin Fiala: +11000
If you really want to throw out a fun one, Kevin Fiala is +11000 to win the Hart Trophy. An incredible amount of over and underperforming would have to happen for this one, but hell, why not? You’re gambling anyway.
Win the Vezina Trophy
Cam Talbot: +3400
Talbot was able to solidify the goaltending position for Minnesota and that performance last year earns him the 24th-ranked odds at +3400 to win the whole dang Vezina Trophy as the league’s top netminder.
Win the Norris Trophy
Jared Spurgeon: +2900
Our captain Jared Spurgeon has always been either underrated or unknown by most but his ascension into godhood and getting away from the anchor of Ryan Suter (sorry Ryan) earns him the +2900 odds to win the Norris, which ranks him at 16th-best in the NHL.
Matt Dumba: +4800
Another little fun throw-in could be Dumba potentially unloading an unreal amount of offense. Especially in the early-goings of preseason and being in a five-man unit with the top line, he might be able to rack some points up and get some Norris nods — again, if everything goes right.
Win the Calder Trophy
Marco Rossi: +2200
Rossi is going to be starting in the AHL this season so this is probably already outdated, but his +2200 odds of winning the Calder is good for 10th among the other high-end rookies.
Matt Boldy: +3700
Again, he just fractured his ankle and will be out at least a month so this is outdated, but Boldy and his +3700 odds for winning the ROTY award is 18th in the NHL.
Win the Jack Adams
Dean Evason: +250
This one we had to go out of FanDuel and found these odds on Odds Shark, and were pleased to find that Evason shares the top spot with Tampa Bay Lightning bench boss Jon Cooper as having the best odds to win the Coach of the Year award. After being just outside of the final race for it last year, and having quite a substantial roster turnover in the important areas, we could see the pesky Wild surprise some and therefore earn him that title.
Kirill Kaprizov: 35.5 goals
This is where the fun begins. Instead of betting with the context of other teams and better players, this is strictly how many goals or points you think this dude is going to score. Kaprizov’s odds are certainly the most prominent and betting on him scoring at least 36 goals might be a stretch — but he did score 27 in 55 games while playing next to Victor Rask, so...
Kirill Kaprizov: 72.5 points
If he’s going to score 36 goals, can’t he get his teammates some of them too and earn those assists? Maybe he turns on his playmaking ability and sets up Eriksson Ek to score 30 within five feet of the goal mouth. Who knows? But having him around the same pace of production last year, with better teammates and more experience, might be a lay-up bet.
Which bet are you most likely to take? Let us know in the comments.