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Odds to Win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup: Sharks’ Odds on the Rise After Karlsson Trade

Erik Karlsson #65 of the Ottawa Senators follows the play against the Buffalo Sabres during an NHL game on December 12, 2017 at KeyBank Center in Buffalo, New York. Buffalo defeated Ottawa, 3-2.

As per usual, sportsbooks are expecting another wide-open season on the ice. According to oddsmakers, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the stand-alone favorites to go all the way in the 2018-19 NHL campaign.

At Bovada, the John Tavares-led Maple Leafs lead the way at +650 odds, with the Tampa Bay Lightning (+800), Winnipeg Jets (+850), Nashville Predators (+1100), Vegas Golden Knights (+1100), Washington Capitals (+1100), Boston Bruins (+1100), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1200), San Jose Sharks (+1200) and St. Louis Blues (+2000) rounding out the top 10. For a comprehensive betting breakdown of the top wagers for every NHL team, check out my best bets article here.

Addition of Karlsson has the Sharks looking scary

After months of speculation, Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion finally decided to pull the trigger and trade franchise defenseman Erik Karlsson to the Sharks for forward Chris Tierney, defenseman Dylan DeMelo and forward prospects Josh Norris and Rudolfs Balcers, as well as a first-round draft pick (2019 or 2020) and a second-round pick in 2019. If the Sharks miss the postseason this year, that first-rounder will be in 2019; otherwise, it’s a 2020 first-round pick that will go to Ottawa.

The Sharks’ championship odds moved from +1600 to +1500 after the Karlsson trade.

With Karlsson in the fold, the Sharks now possess the best one-two punch on the blue line in the NHL with the Swede lining up next to Brent Burns. San Jose is clearly going all-in right now, and despite the franchise’s history of excellent regular seasons followed by disappointing playoff showings, many fans and pundits alike are expecting the Sharks to make a serious push for Lord Stanley’s holy grail. In light of the Karlsson trade, the Sharks’ Cup odds shifted from +1600 to +1200.

Plenty of value in current Cup odds

Some professional sports leagues have been criticized for their lack of parity (looking at you, NBA), but the same certainly can’t be said about the NHL. For starters, at the beginning of the 2017-18 season, who could’ve predicted the Washington Capitals – a franchise synonymous with postseason failures – would finally get over the hump and win their first championship over the expansion Vegas Golden Knights?

That Stanley Cup matchup was proof of the unpredictability of the NHL, and sharp puck bettors can find tons of value on the oddsboard ahead of the upcoming season. A few teams I like are the Blues and Calgary Flames (+3300).

The Flames have a talented mix of young stars and seasoned veterans and could raise some eyebrows in 2018-19 if the goaltending holds up, but there’s plenty of traction on the tires of 36-year-old starting netminder Mike Smith. The Blues had arguably the best offseason out of any team in the league (outside of Toronto), as the club traded for Ryan O’Reilly and signed Tyler Bozak, David Perron and Patrick Maroon in free agency.

Take a look at the book’s full list of Stanley Cup odds. Who are you putting your money on? For more hockey betting information, head over to our NHL page ahead of puck drop of the new season on October 3.

2018-19 Stanley Cup Odds
Toronto Maple Leafs+700
Tampa Bay Lightning+850
Winnipeg Jets+850
Nashville Predators+1100
Vegas Golden Knights+1100
Washington Capitals+1100
Boston Bruins+1100
Pittsburgh Penguins+1200
San Jose Sharks+1200
St. Louis Blues+2000
Los Angeles Kings+2600
Philadelphia Flyers+2600
Edmonton Oilers+3000
Anaheim Ducks+3000
Dallas Stars+3000
Columbus Blue Jackets+3000
Calgary Flames+3300
Chicago Blackhawks+3500
Minnesota Wild+3500
Colorado Avalanche+4000
New Jersey Devils+4000
Florida Panthers+4500
New York Rangers+8500
Carolina Hurricanes+10000
Montreal Canadiens+10000
Buffalo Sabres+10000
New York Islanders+10000
Arizona Coyotes+10000
Vancouver Canucks+12500
Detroit Red Wings+20000
Ottawa Senators+20000

Odds as of September 28 at Bovada