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[HKY] Jun 11, 2018

NHL Stanley Cup 2019: Five Value Bets For Next Season

By Gracenote

NHL Stanley Cup 2019: Five Value Bets For Next Season

Another NHL season is behind us but bettors are already asking themselves who'll be raising the Stanley Cup this time next season.

We are hopping over the favourites to find the best value bets to win the Stanley Cup in 2019. Here are five NHL teams we think could make a deep run in next year's playoffs.

New Jersey Devils

Why we like them: The Devils have one of the best offensive wingers in the game in 2018 MVP candidate Taylor Hall and an All-Star caliber goalie, Cory Schneider, due for a bounce back season. New Jersey is projected to have more than $20 million in cap space this summer and free-agent centre John Tavares would make a lot of sense in Newark playing on the No. 1 line with Hall.

Montreal Canadiens

Why we like them: The Habs were decimated by injuries to their top two players in defenceman Shea Weber and starting goalie Carey Price. A healthy Weber would be a big boost to the Canadians' penalty-killing unit which finished second last in the league. Price is still in his prime (turns 31 in August) and only three years removed by his Hart Trophy-winning season in 2015.

St. Louis Blues

Why we like them: There is still plenty of talent on the roster, and a solid crop of prospects that could chip in next season. St. Louis boasts a rising star in centre Brayden Schenn and an uber talented winger in Vladimir Tarasenko. There are few teams with a better group of defencemen and the Blues may have stumbled onto an elite goalie in career backup Carter Hutton.

Anaheim Ducks

Why we like them: The Ducks need to do some improving - no question. San Jose exposed Anaheim's lack of speed, but there are still plenty of reasons to be optimistic about the Ducks' chances next season. Anaheim reached triple digits in points despite slumps from key contributors throughout the lineup. The Ducks will be in much better shape this time next year if they have better luck injury-wise.

New York Rangers

Why we like them: The Rangers will enter free agency with close to $30 million in cap space and general manager Jeff Gorton proved his willingness to spend last summer when he signed defenceman Kevin Shattenkirk to a big deal.
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