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2019 NHL Entry Draft Props: Hughes Looks like a Lock to Go at No. 1

Jack Hughes #6 of USA in action during the 2019 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship Slovakia group A game between Germany and United States at Steel Arena on May 19, 2019 in Kosice, Slovakia.

While the St. Louis Blues are still busy celebrating after capturing the 2018-19 Stanley Cup, the other 30 teams in the National Hockey League are preparing for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft that takes place on June 21-22.

When it comes to odds on which player will be taken with the first overall pick, it’s clear oddsmakers have already made up their minds. Jack Hughes is the -450 favorite to go at No. 1 at Bovada, with Kaapo Kakko coming back as the +275 underdog. No other players are available to wager on at the shop.

Jack Hughes is the -450 favorite to go first overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft.

This isn’t really much of a surprise considering Hughes has been the front-runner to go off the board first since last year. The American center had 112 points (34 goals, 78 assists) in 50 games with the U.S. National U18 Team in 2018-19 and is viewed as one of the most talented prospects to enter the draft in quite some time. Barring a major surprise, Hughes will likely go to the New Jersey Devils, who own the No. 1 pick.

Don’t Sleep on Kakko

While Hughes has been hogging most of the accolades entering the draft, Kakko has emerged as a can’t-miss prospect. The Finn amassed 38 points (22 goals, 16 assists) in 45 games with TPS Turku in SM-liiga and capped his year off with what would turn out to be his coming-out party at the 2019 IIHF world championship when he scored six times in 10 games for Finland.

That performance pleased the New York Rangers brass, as the Rangers will surely take Kakko at pick No. 2 if Hughes goes to the Devils. Things can change quickly in the NHL, though, so if you think the Devils will shock the hockey world and take Kakko with the first pick, his +275 price is appealing.

Stay tuned for more betting coverage for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft. To see odds on which NHL team will capture the 2019-20 Stanley Cup, check out our NHL futures page.

Who will be selected first overall in the 2019 NHL Entry Draft?

Odds as of June 14 at Bovada

  • Jack Hughes -450
  • Kaapo Kakko +275

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