Now that the St. Louis Blues have received the Stanley Cup, who’s the following first-time winner? Right here’s our odds going into 2019-20:
Vegas Golden Knights, eight/1: The addition of Mark Stone reinforced the group’s offense, and Marc-Andre Fleury remains to be a championship-caliber goalie. The Golden Knights have two high quality traces, just right intensity and a loyal, targeted protection. Cody Glass and Nikita Gusev are two younger potentialities who could make a distinction.
Winnipeg Jets, 10/1: Didn’t measure up in 2018-19, however there’s lots to love in regards to the Jets’ ability degree, specifically up entrance with Mark Scheifele, Blake Wheeler, Patrik Laine and Kyle O’Connor. Power might be on normal supervisor Kevin Cheveldayoff this summer season. He may just make a number of strikes, together with buying and selling Jacob Trouba, a limited unfastened agent. He’s going to even have to interchange Tyler Myers if he leaves via unfastened company.
Mark Stone had 33 objectives throughout the common season in 2018-19. (Picture: Stan Szeto, USA TODAY Sports activities)
San Jose Sharks, 12/1: Nonetheless an excellent group that are supposed to be a contender subsequent spring within the playoffs. Unrestricted unfastened brokers Joe Pavelski and Joe Thornton are growing older, however GM Doug Wilson does a just right task of preserving his competitiveness present always.
Columbus Blue Jackets, 12/1: Intriguing roster led by means of Seth Jones and Zach Werenski, however let’s see what they do to interchange Artemi Panarin and Sergei Bobrovsky. Now not tricky to peer this group creating a run at a Cup subsequent season if their goaltending is powerful. Trainer John Tortorella will get so much out of his crew.
Nashville Predators, 15/1: It feels as though the Predators took a step backward this season, however they have been nonetheless a 100-point group and a department winner. They have got to mend their energy play and retool their 2nd line to be in competition.
Arizona Coyotes, 25/1: Each and every box wishes a dismal horse. The Coyotes are higher than you suppose, specifically if they are able to upload a few scorers this summer season. Trainer Rick Tocchet is a big plus.
The sphere, 30/1: If the Panthers land Panarin and Bobrovsky, they may transfer as much as the highest 3. Keep watch over the Buffalo Sabres, with a choice of younger gamers equivalent to Jack Eichel, Rasmus Dahlin, Sam Reinhart and Casey Mittelstadt. A lot depends on what GM Jason Botterill does this offseason. He has to strengthen the protection and upload a scorer. The Minnesota Wild are a difficult learn.