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Odds to Win the 2019 Stanley Cup: Maple Leafs Holding Steady as Favorites

John Tavares #91 of the Toronto Maple Leafs, poses with his jersey in the dressing room, after he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs, at the Scotiabank Arena on July 1, 2018 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

With the dust settled on a wild free-agent frenzy in the NHL, sportsbooks are expecting another wide open season on the ice. According to oddsmakers, the Toronto Maple Leafs are the favorites to go all the way in the 2018-19 campaign on the ice.

At Bovada, the John Tavares-led Leafs top the odds list at +700, with the Tampa Bay Lightning (+800), Boston Bruins (+1000), Nashville Predators (+1100), Vegas Golden Knights (+1100), Washington Capitals (+1200), Winnipeg Jets (+1200), Pittsburgh Penguins (+1400), San Jose Sharks (+2500) and Edmonton Oilers (+2500) rounding out the top 10.

Where will Karlsson go?

The biggest domino yet to fall this summer is superstar Erik Karlsson, but as of July 20 the Swede remained an Ottawa Senator. The Dallas Stars and Lightning have been rumored to be the front-runners to land the franchise defenseman, however it appears trade talks have stalled for now. Whichever team Karlsson does end up with will receive a major boost in Stanley Cup odds. Simply put, players like Karlsson don't come around on the open market very often. The Sens are in an unenviable place on many levels right now, which is highlighted by a lack of trade leverage.

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 upcoming season. Three teams further down the list I like are the Sharks, St. Louis Blues (+2500) and New Jersey Devils (+4000).

The Sharks retained their core while adding high-scoring winger Evander Kane to an already talented forward group that looks poised for a postseason run. 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. Fresh off a playoff appearance the Devils are +4000 long shots to hoist the Cup, and while they have a ton of work to do in order to get there, I believe they shouldn't be priced this high.

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.

2018-19 Stanley Cup Odds
Toronto Maple Leafs+700
Tampa Bay Lightning+800
Boston Bruins+1000
Nashville Predators+1100
Vegas Golden Knights+1100
Washington Capitals+1200
Winnipeg Jets+1200
Pittsburgh Penguins+1400
San Jose Sharks+2200
Edmonton Oilers+2500
Los Angeles Kings+2500
St. Louis Blues+2500
Minnesota Wild+2800
Philadelphia Flyers+2800
Anaheim Ducks+2800
Dallas Stars+2800
Calgary Flames+2800
Columbus Blue Jackets+2800
Chicago Blackhawks+3300
Colorado Avalanche+3500
New Jersey Devils+4000
Florida Panthers+4000
Carolina Hurricanes+6000
New York Rangers+6600
Buffalo Sabres+6600
Montreal Canadiens+7000
Vancouver Canucks+7500
Detroit Red Wings+8000
New York Islanders+8000
Arizona Coyotes+8000
Ottawa Senators+15000

Odds as of July 20 at Bovada