NHL 2016/17 – 90/1 Edmonton Oilers for Stanley Cup

Shane Lambert thinks that the upcoming Edmonton Oilers trades could make them a real force in the 2017 NHL and they look a good bet at 90/1 for the Stanley Cup.

There has been so much buzz surrounding the Edmonton Oilers in the media of late that they are surely a team who are going to start drawing some attention when it comes to the betting markets in the NHL.

I see the news surrounding this team as positive and I think the conditions are right for Edmonton to have a stand-out season next year.

Firstly, on Wednesday a writer named Curtis Stock, who used to be a part of the largest newspaper in Edmonton, tweeted that the Oilers were going to sign Milan Lucic and Jason Demers, two sought-after free agents (especially Lucic). That report is not verified but, perhaps related to that buzz, the confirmed news on Thursday is that Taylor Hall has been shipped to New Jersey in exchange for Adam Larsson. That bolsters Edmonton's defense as Larsson was a +15 guy last season, not a bad tally playing for a bad team. Even if the Lucic signing isn't confirmed, I think Edmonton will continue to look for ways to improve.

Although the current buzz is mainly about Lucic and Hall, let's not forget the Oilers will have Connor McDavid in his second year. He was already one of the best players in the league in his first season and next year I expect at least 40 goals out of him if healthy. Those that disagree with that expectation simply have no idea how good McDavid is.

Furthermore, the Oilers coaching and management are going to be under a whole lot of pressure to get things done next year. Todd McLellan, the coach of the Oilers, doesn't look great in leaving San Jose and then having the Sharks make the Stanley Cup Finals the very season he leaves. He's a guy that is under some pressure to put a winning team out there. There's also the new building coming in downtown, one that brings with it a bunch of hype surrounding the Oilers. Losing hockey just doesn't fit the picture.

The Oilers are way out at 90/1 with Paddy Power to win the Stanley Cup. I don't really love Canadian teams in the NHL, but I think there's enough length on the each-way terms to make a bet on the Oilers very interesting. I could see those odds being as short as 30s when October comes around, because the Oilers are under pressure to move in the right direction now and they have a former Cup-winning GM in Peter Chiarelli that can get that done.

My true odds on the Oilers to win the Cup next year are about 15/1, that long mainly because of goaltending and their locale in Canada (i.e. I don't think Gary Bettman likes the Canadian teams due to American TV issues). However, those are only two variables - everything else lines up and Edmonton might really have it going on next season. Get something on them before they shorten - if nothing else it might work out as an insurance bet for you next year.

Recommendation:

1.5-pt bet each way on Edmonton at 90/1 with Paddy Power on Stanley Cup outright market (1/2 odds - first 2)

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