The first (meaningful) puck drop of the NHL season is finally here. I don’t make a ton of bets on specific teams in the first month of the season because I like to get a look at the landscape first: who’s lining up with who, which players are adjusting to off-season moves, which goalies are performing, etc. I do enjoy putting my money where my mouth is with certain players in season long prop bets. These odds are provided by SportsInteraction.com (mostly because I find bodog’s website hard to use, and hockey props aren’t as widely available as I would like).
For trophy picks, I’ve highlighted 3 players in bold for each award.
Player Season Totals
Nobody should be cheering for injuries or player failures so I aim for the mid-range overs among players with potential for breakout years. I like all these plays, but Jordan Eberle is my lock to go over 58.5 points this season. He’s done it before: back in his sophomore year he scored 76 points, and every year he’s played over 70 games he’s been in the mid-60’s or higher. On top of that, if he ends up beside Connor McDavid who’s projected to be a point-per-game player or higher, Eberle could go off this season.
|Total Points – Brendan Gallagher: O/U – 57.5||Over|
|Total Points – Mitchell Marner: O/U – 40.5||Over|
|Total Points – Jordan Eberle: O/U – 58.5||Over|
|Total Points – Kyle Turris: O/U – 48.5||Over|
|Total Points – Nikolaj Ehlers: O/U – 47.5||Over|
Goalie Match-ups Props
|Highest Save Percentage – Price v Holtby||Holtby|
|Highest Save Percentage – Jones v Quick||Quick|
|Highest Save Percentage – Bishop v Schneider||Bishop|
|Highest Save Percentage – Rinne v Rask||Rask|
|Highest Save Percentage – Allen v Luongo||Luongo|
|Highest Save Percentage – Mrazek v Gibson||Mrazek|
|Highest Save Percentage – Varlamov v Dubnyk||Dubnyk|
|Highest Save Percentage – Bobrovsky v Niemi||Bobrovsky|
Player Match-up Props
|Most points – Tavares/Ovechkin/Malkin||John Tavares|
|Most points – Backstrom/Stamkos/Giroux||Nicklas Backstrom|
|Most points – Thornton/Kopitar/Getzlaf||Anze Kopitar|
|Most points – Tarasenko/Kuznetsov/Panarin||Vladimir Tarasenko|
|Most points – Matthews/Laine/Puljujarvi||Auston Matthews|
|Most points – Kucherov/Barkov/Johansen||Nikita Kucherov|
|Most points – Eichel/Huberdeau/MacKinnon||Nathan MacKinnon|
|Most points – Forsberg/Scheifele/Monahan||Filip Forsberg|
|Most points – Hall/Duchene/Eberle||Jordan Eberle|
|Most points – Wheeler/Perry/Voracek||Blake Wheeler|
|Most points – Drouin/Gallagher/Duclair||Jonathan Drouin|
|Most points – Burns/Subban/Letang||PK Subban|
|Most points – Klingberg/Hedman/Ekman-Larsson||John Klingberg|
|Most points – Josi/Gostisbehere/Barrie||Shayne Gostisbehere|
2016-17 Art Ross Trophy Winner
Sidney Crosby scares me this year. He’s already ruled out with a concussion and he’s had issues in the past. Jamie Benn is the safe pick here, and he gives you a better return. Others receiving votes if your looking further down the list: Tarasenko is a nice pick at 16 to 1. He has a good chance at high 40’s in goals this season. Also at 16-1, Tyler Seguin is a nice pick if he can stay healthy.
2016-17 Calder Memorial Trophy Winner
It’s Auston Matthews. Don’t overthink it.
2016-17 Hart Memorial Trophy Winner
2016-17 James Norris Trophy Winner
It’s Erik Karlsson again this year for me. The Norris should’ve been his last year and he seems like a lock for 80 points every year. If you are looking to go way off the board this year for better odds, I really like Shayne Gostisbehere at 31 to 1 as a long-shot. PK Subban is also very intriguing in his new role for Nashville.
2016-17 Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy Winner
Vladimir Tarasenko is the pick here at 6.5 to 1, going into his 25 year old season with 40 goals last year. After 3 straight years of at least 50 goals, I think this is finally the year Alex Ovechkin relinquishes the goal scoring crown and takes a step back. As a longshot pick, Pacioretty at 26-1 takes enough shots per game to be in the mix.
2016-17 Vezina Trophy Winner