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Updated Stanley Cup Odds Roundup Following 2021 NHL Draft, Seth Jones Trade to Blackhawks and More

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Seth Jones tries a wrap-around

FILE – In this May 3, 2021 file photo, Seth Jones of Columbus Blue Jackets plays against the Nashville Predators during an NHL ice hockey game in Columbus, Ohio. Jones was traded from the Blue Jackets to the Chicago Blackhawks, according to someone who was aware of the move. The person spoke to The Associated Press on Friday, July 23, on condition of anonymity since the deal had been agreed but the call had not yet been completed. (AP Photo / Jay LaPrete, File)

  • The 2021 NHL Entry Draft took place July 23-24
  • Seth Jones was traded in one of several blockbuster deals to Chicago
  • Check out the updated Stanley Cup odds after the 2021 NHL draft

The 2021 NHL Draft turned out to be one of the craziest weekends in hockey in a while. The Buffalo Sabers drafted defender Owen Power with the first overall pick, but multiple blockbuster trades all made the headlines.

The Colorado Avalanche remains favored in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds after a wild weekend that saw Philadelphia, Chicago and Vancouver make a big splash. The Seattle Kraken were surprisingly inactive after creating an overwhelming list in the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft.

We set the updated Stanley Cup odds for 2022 after the draft weekend and offer betting analysis.

Stanley Cup 2022 odds

teamopportunities
Colorado avalanche+600
Tampa Bay Lightning+700
Vegas Golden Knights+850
Carolina Hurricanes+1200
Boston Bruins+1200
Toronto Maple Leafs+1400
Residents of New York+2000
Pittsburgh penguins+2200
Minnesota Wild+2200
Florida panther+2200
Washington capitals+2500
New York Rangers+2500
Montreal Canada+2500
Edmonton Oilers+2800
Philadelphia flyer+3000
St. Louis Blues+3500
Dallas stars+4000
Calgary flames+4000
Nashville Predators+4000
Vancouver Canucks+5000
Seattle Kraken+5000
Los Angeles Kings+6000
Chicago Blackhawks+6000
Arizona coyotes+6000
Columbus blue jackets+10000
Anaheim ducks+10000
San Jose Sharks Jose+10000
New Jersey Devils+10000
Ottawa Senators+10000
Detroit Red Wings+20000
Buffalo saber+20000

July 25 odds at DraftKings

Draft weekend full of trades

The 2021 NHL Draft Weekend spawned a multitude of trades across the league. Despite the move, there hasn’t been a team that saw a significant improvement in their chances of winning the Stanley Cup in 2022. Several of the blockbuster trades were carried out by teams that didn’t make the 2021 playoffs.

The lack of movement in cup odds tells you that odds makers don’t believe one team fleece another on a trade – at least in the short term. In some of the biggest deals, the Panthers got Sam Reinhart, the Blackhawks got Seth Jones, and the Canucks got Oliver-Ekman Larsson and Conor Garland.

Welcome to the Territory, Sam !! 😸 pic.twitter.com/nPAp8sjPnp

– Florida Panthers (@FlaPanthers) July 24, 2021

The Flyers were the most active team during the draft weekend, swapping Shayne Gostisbehere and Jakub Voracek and ending up Rasmus Ristolainen and Cam Atkinson in separate deals. They also acquired Ryan Ellis of Nashville prior to the Seattle Expansion Draft. Despite the moves, the Flyers +3000 longshots remain in the cup odds.

The most shocking trade was the Hurricanes swapping Calder finalist goalkeeper Alex Nedeljkovic to the Red Wings in exchange for Jonathan Bernier. Carolina always seemed like a goalkeeper who isn’t a real competitor, so trading off her promising starter makes little sense. Your chances will be longer if you don’t improve the goalkeeping situation.

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Avalanches are preferred

The Avalanche remain the favorites in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds after the 2021 NHL draft. Colorado didn’t make big trades, but they signed top defender Cale Makar to a six-year contract extension. The 23-year-old opened as a favorite in the 2022 Norris Trophy odds and is one of many reasons to consider betting on Colorado.

Today is GR8 DAY!#GoAvsGo pic.twitter.com/ixqtcU4wmo

– Colorado Avalanche (@Avalanche) July 24, 2021

Colorado is also at the top of the cup because the other contenders haven’t been too active this weekend. The Lightning are near Colorado but lost Yanni Gourde and Barclay Goodrow this off-season. The Bolts are likely to lose even more players this summer as they struggle to create a cap-compliant roster.

Vegas is fascinating as they are reportedly top runners in the Jack Eichel trading giveaway. While they weren’t too active on draft weekend, they took a big step ahead of the Expansion Draft. Vegas traded striker Cody Glass for the Nashville Predators, landing Flyers’ striker Nolan Patrick in a three-team deal.

Are Blackhawks Smart Longshots?

The Blackhawks are listed as +6000 Longshots in the 2022 Stanley Cup odds after taking over Seth Jones from the Columbus Blue Jackets. Jones may be a potential franchise-changing blueliner, but it certainly wasn’t cheap. The Blackhawks had to cough up Adam Boqvist and several premium draft picks to rid him of Columbus.

Chicago’s takeover of Jones will help them in the short term, but that’s a huge gamble. Not only did Chicago pay with their future to acquire him, but they also gave Jones an eight-year extension that grossed him $ 9.5 million per season. The Blackhawks are nowhere near contenders and have missed the playoffs in three of the last four years.

Welcome to Chicago, Seth Jones! pic.twitter.com/m4RZ6tQaCl

– Chicago Blackhawks (@NHLBlackhawks) July 23, 2021

Chicago didn’t see any immediate improvement in its cup odds following the Jones deal, which tells you a lot about the state of the franchise. Boqvist was a promising young blueliner, and the Jones acquisition doesn’t magically solve all of their problems. You have the advantage of playing in a weak Central Division, but there are still much better Stanley Cup longshots out there.

The Panthers (+2200) are the best longshot bet since the 2021 NHL draft. With Reinhart, they landed a very underrated goalscorer who could get even better now that he is no longer in Buffalo. Although Florida goalkeeper Chris Dryedger lost in the Expansion Draft, they have a top goalkeeper in Spencer Knight. The takeover of Renhiert and the creation of Knight make Florida a true sleeper team in 2021-22.

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Brady is a passionate hockey fanatic and sports journalist with over five years of digital media experience and a degree in broadcast journalism. His work has been widely recognized by the likes of ESPN, CBS Sports, Yahoo! Sports and fox sports.

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