My, have we come a long way since the start of the NHL season. The beginning of every NHL season is filled with optimism, as so many teams believe they have a shot at the Stanley Cup. It's the point teams feel they can build off of what they did the previous season. They feel their moves over the summer, be it through trades, free agency or coaching changes, they feel ready to go.
Adding Phil Kessel was supposed to springboard the Penguins back into Stanley Cup contention, but here they are again in the middle of the pack this season. The Anaheim Ducks were a popular preseason pick to win the Stanley Cup based on the firepower in their lineup, but sure enough, they've had trouble scoring goals and they resorted to defensive hockey to turn things around. There was optimism in Canada after five of the seven Canadian teams made the postseason last spring, but now, we may be looking at a year where no Canadian teams make the playoffs.
Teams that were once virtual locks for the playoffs and touted as possible Stanley Cup contenders are now viewed as disasters, with some teams on this list having already fired their coach and find themselves looking at a lottery pick. There are very few teams on this list that have actually exceeded their preseason expectations, but those few look really scary. You'll notice the juggernaut Dallas Stars aren't on this list, because they weren't preseason favorites by any stretch, but if they were on a current list, they're a top three team in terms of Stanley Cup odds.
This list will stack the 15 preseason teams who were given the best odds to win the Stanley Cup and where they are now. All odds have been taken from vegasinsider.com
15 Winnipeg Jets: 27/1 - 125/1
14 Detroit Red Wings: 25/1 - 18/1
13 Columbus Blue Jackets: 25/1 - 500/1
12 New York Islanders: 22/1 - 25/1
11 Montreal Canadiens: 18/1 - 30/1
10 Nashville Predators: 15/1 - 30/1
9 Washington Capitals: 14/1 - 3/1
8 St. Louis Blues: 14/1 - 17/1
7 Minnesota Wild: 14/1 - 35/1
6 Pittsburgh Penguins: 12/1 - 17/1
5 New York Rangers: 11/1 - 18/1
4 Annaheim Ducks: 11/1 - 17/1
3 Los Angeles Kings: 10/1 - 8/1
2 Tampa Bay Lightning: 8/1 - 15/1
1 Chicago Blackhawks: 15/2 - 11/2
Could it be four in seven for Chicago? Despite another offseason in which the team had to re-tool and let go of many important pieces from their Cup run, including Brandon Saad, Patrick Sharp, Johnny Oduya and Antoine Vermette, they've added Artem Anisimov and have seen Artemi Panarin emerge as a potential rookie of the year candidate. Patrick Kane was at the center of controversy this offseason due to a sexual assault investigation, but now leads the league in scoring. The Hawks are experts at re-tooling and can see themselves rewarded with another Stanley Cup very soon.
I don't know about you, but I'm not betting on anybody to knock off the Blackhawks this spring.
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