Best and Worst NHL Futures: Early Edition

Oct 11- 8 min read

With the NHL preseason over and the regular season beginning Tuesday, there’s lots of hype surrounding which teams are contenders or pretenders, which goalies are looking to carry their team on their back, and which players are the top of their class. Everyone has their opinions, and while most people are adamant that they’re correct, very few are willing to put their money where their mouth is. We’re here to help you make the most out of your hot takes and find the best bets for NHL futures to make heading into the 2021/22 season.

Jack Adams Award – Coach of the Year

What to look for

What to avoid

  • Teams expected to do well/Stanley Cup favourites
  • Teams that have been good for a long time and expected to regress
  • Genuinely bad teams competing for the lottery instead of the playoffs
  • Whoever won last year

Best Bets

Dave Hakstol +2200
Jeremy Colliton
+4000
Alain Vigneault
+5000
Dave Tippett +6600

Worst Bets

Bruce Cassidy +900
Rod Brind’Amour +1200
Any of Don Granato, Jeff Blashill, Bob Boughner, or Andre Tourigny at any odds

Hart Trophy – MVP

What to look for

What to avoid

  • Defensemen and goalies in general
  • Great players on terrible teams
  • Anyone who doesn’t have a history of being great

Best Bets

Connor McDavid +200
Artemi Panarin
+1600
Sidney Crosby
+2800
Anze Kopitar +4000

Worst Bets

Leon Draisaitl +1600
Andrei Vasilevskiy +2200
Brayden Point +1600
Apparently some sites are listing Tanner Pearson and Evander Kane??? Don’t bet on Tanner Pearson and Evander Kane. 

Vezina Trophy – Goalie of the Year

What to look for

What to avoid

  • Goalies on teams clearly not making the playoffs
  • Goalies playing in a platoon or not a clear starter

Best Bets

Andrei Vasilevskiy +350
Darcy Kuemper +1000
Thatcher Demko +1600
Jacob Markstrom +3300
Mike Smith +6600

Worst Bets

Semyon Varlamov +1400
Petr Mrazek +1600
Alex Nedeljkovic +2200
Tuuka Rask or Ben Bishop at any odds

Norris Trophy – Defensemen of the Year

What to look for

What to avoid

  • Defensive defensemen, no matter how good they actually are
  • Anyone who isn’t going to be the clear #1 d-man on a team

Best Bets

Cale Makar +400
John Carlson +2200

Worst Bets

Adam Fox +700
Jaccob Slavin +1600
Morgan Rielly +1600
Aaron Ekblad +2000
Keith Yandle +6600

Calder Trophy – Rookie of the Year

What to look for

What to avoid

  • Rookies who might be buried in the lineup or will most likely be a backup goalie
  • Rookies who are mainly considered defensive contributors

Best Bets

Trevor Zegras +500
Moritz Seider +
1100
Marco Rossi +1200
Jamie Drysdale +1400

Worst Bets

Cole Caufield +225
Spencer Knight +850
Alex Newhook +1100
Nicholas Robertson +2000
Bowen Byram +2000

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