Why the NJ Devils’ Stanley Cup Odds Are Too Good to Pass Up
The NHL just had its annual draft, and there were a couple of significant trades as well. Also, free agency starts July 1, and already we’re getting a sense of where some players might be going, based on the so-called “Interview Period” that began Sunday.
That’s why you’ll want to jump on the New Jersey Devils at +3500 before their odds shift further.
Subban Trade, Hughes Draft Bolster Devils
When the New Jersey Devils were on the clock Friday night, before the first pick of the draft, Van Halen’s “Runnin’ With the Devil” blared from the loudspeakers at Rogers Arena. That got the people wearing New Jersey jerseys in attendance pretty fired up, but by Saturday afternoon, Devils fans were straight up delirious with joy.
Not only did they get US national team center Jack Hughes with the first pick, on Saturday they got P.K. Subban from the Nashville Predators for what seemed like a pittance in return.
The Devils started off great last season, then kind of fell apart gradually, missing the playoffs. Until they keep resolving some issues with depth in all areas, the Devils probably are still a longshot to win the Cup.
But, look, this team now has some serious additional talent.
Why Subban Came Cheap
Subban had a bit of a down year with the Predators, and it’s strange a player with his talent will play for his third team in the last four calendar years. On paper, Subban should make the Devils’ power play better - though Nashville was the worst in that department of any team in the NHL last season.
Getting his game back together as a power-play quarterback is something Subban must do for the Devils to have any chance at a playoff run.
But Subban will add leadership and presence to a Devils team that can now brag about having three No. 1 picks from recent years on the roster up front (Hughes, Taylor Hall and Nico Hischier). At +3500, they’re a good darkhorse play right now, and you can check out the latest NHL futures odds here.
Don’t forget: The Devils’ fortunes really started to sink last season when former Hart Trophy winner Hall went down to injury. He played only 33 games, but still put up 37 points. He’s healthy again, and that by itself makes the Devils a much better team.
About the Author
Adrian Dater writes about the NHL for Bookies.com. The longtime NHL writer spent 25 years at The Denver Post, 20 of which as the beat writer of the Colorado Avalanche. He also covered the Avs for BSN Denver and was the lead NHL columnist with Bleacher Report from 2013-16. Dater has written six books, including the best-selling hockey book "Blood Feud: Detroit Red Wings v. Colorado Avalanche, The Inside Story of Pro Sports' Best and Nastiest Rivalry of its Era," and was a regular contributor to Sports Illustrated from 2011-13.