2022 NHL Betting Sneak Peek – NHL Odds & Picks for Jack Adams, Rocket Richard, Art Ross Trophy & More
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid watches the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes on Tuesday, February 4, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 3-0. (AP Photo / Ross D. Franklin)
- The NHL season kicks off Tuesday, October 12 with the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins
- NHL odds on individual games and futures betting now available
- Below are detailed NHL breakdowns and predictions for the Jack Adams Award and Rocket Richard Trophy.
The NHL odds have been released and there’s no better way to prepare for the new season than to dive into some intriguing future betting.
Unlike some other leagues, the NHL’s predictions are tough when it comes to futures with so much parity between star players and teams. The good news though, the odds reflect how difficult it can be to make the right choice. The most important thing to remember is making your decision early can pay dividends. The makers of NHL odds tend to make quick changes, so this is the best value you’ll see all year round.
Here’s a look at two specific rewards that could translate into a big payday if you block your bet before the start of the season.
Jack Adams Prize Odds
All odds as of October 10 at DraftKings
The Jack Adams can be harder to predict than a lot of other awards because it’s a bit of a moving target. While other awards are given to the best in a specific skill, defining the best coach comes with a certain level of opinion. While Jon Cooper of the Lightning is listed as the favorite, the award very rarely goes to the coach of the best team in the league. Tampa Bay have won back-to-back Stanley Cups, so it seems unlikely that Cooper will be able to train his team to the level where they will be considered overachievers.
With that in mind, scroll further down the list and take a look at new New York coach Gerard Gallant. He won the award in 2018 after coaching the biggest underachieving group in league history, the Vegas Golden Knights. Now with the Rangers, it’s a privileged position for him to win the award yet again.
Intended to be a Ranger. ðâ¤ï¸ pic.twitter.com/CXpSy8NKP7
– New York Rangers (@NYRangers) 10 October 2021
The Rangers have just had a disappointing season in which they missed the playoffs but have a loaded roster in a division that could see some turnover. Defender Adam Fox is the reigning Norris Trophy winner, forward Artemi Panarin is set to fight for the league MVP once again and the Rangers have two strong goalies in Igor Shesterkin and Alexander Georgiev. Add to that last year’s number one pick Alexis LafreniÃ¨re having a disappointing rookie reason, there’s plenty of room for this team to improve.
The choice: GÃ©rard Gallant +1100
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Rocket Richard Trophy odds
NHL public betting will be ubiquitous when it comes to the league’s top scorer. Rocket Richard Trophy odds have defending winner Auston Matthews as the favorite, followed by some of the league’s biggest hitters. It’s hard to argue against Matthews and his scoring prowess, but he’s missed the entire preseason to recover from off-season surgery. On closer inspection, there appears to be a bet on the board offering better value.
Oilers superstar Connor McDavid finished second in the Rocket Richard race last season, finishing with 33 goals in 56 games. That’s a 48-goal pace if you project on a full 82-game schedule and it’s safe to assume he’s taking another step forward this year. It’s the only major award McDavid hasn’t won yet, unless of course you include the Stanley Cup. Is it possible that McDavid and Matthews will fight for that trophy again this season? It seems so, and McDavid is paying a much better price.
This Connor McDavid (@ cmcdavid97) guy. ?? pic.twitter.com/1VkI8gyNIT
– NHL (@NHL) October 8, 2021
One final note about this award, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is attempting to win it for the 10th time. It’s not a typo, this trophy will likely bear his name one day. Ovechkin was hit in Washington’s last preseason game, but appears to have avoided a serious injury. If you are looking for a player with odds above 10/1, he is probably the best choice on the board.
The Choice: Connor McDavid (+750)
Ryan has worked at TSN for over eleven years and is now editor and content producer at That’s Hockey. Over the years, he launched and hosted TSN’s first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and has been featured on TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That’s Hockey 2Nite.