The 2021-2022 season is now officially over. The Colorado Avalanche won the Stanley Cup title in six games over the Tampa Bay Lightning. This was Colorado’s first Stanley Cup title since 2001 against the New Jersey Devils in seven games. Tampa Bay won 11 consecutive series before this loss. Their last series loss was in the first round of the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Columbus Blue Jackets in a clean sweep.
The Lightning were back-to-back Stanley Cup Champions, but the three-peat was denied. The last time an NHL team did that was when the New York Islanders won four consecutive Stanley Cup titles in the 1980s. Speaking of Stanley Cup titles, who has the best odds via FanDuel Sportsbook to win the 2022-2023 Stanley Cup title?
Colorado Avalanche +500
To no surprise, the Colorado Avalanche are the favorites to repeat as the 2022-2023 NHL Stanley Cup Champions. Colorado will have a core of Nathan MacKinnon, Gabriel Landeskog, Mikko Rantanen, and Cale Makar returning. They are not going anywhere. However, the Avalanche will have a lot of role players as free agents and general manager Joe Sakic may not be able to afford to keep all of them. Nazem Kadri and Valeri Nichuskin will be expensive on the open market.
Colorado will keep reloading, but the thing that might cause them not to repeat is mediocre goaltending play from Darcy Kuemper. Jared Bednar is the head coach of this hockey team though.
Toronto Maple Leafs +900
The Toronto Maple Leafs will be the second-favorites to win the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup title. Toronto has not won a playoff series since 2004 against the Ottawa Senators, but yet every single year they seem to be one of the favorites to win it all. Maybe one day it will work out for the Maple Leafs faithful. Auston Matthews and Mitchell Marner will not be going anywhere anytime soon.
If Toronto shook things up, John Tavares or William Nylander might be moved. General manager Kyle Dubas improved the defense last season, but he will need to figure out the goaltending situation. If Jack Campbell leaves, keep an eye on them getting either Marc-Andre Fleury or trading for John Gibson from the Anaheim Ducks. Sheldon Keefe is the head coach of this hockey team though.
Florida Panthers +1000
The Florida Panthers have the third-best odds to win the 2023 NHL Stanley Cup title. Florida won a playoff series for the first time since 1996 but then were ousted in the second round of the 2022 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs against the Tampa Bay Lightning in a clean sweep. The Panthers decided to move on from Andrew Brunette as head coach and decided to hire Paul Mauricie, who last coached the Winnipeg Jets though.
Aleksander Barkov and Jonathan Huberdeau are the two main players on this hockey team. The Florida Panthers need to figure out who the role players will be next season, but keep an eye on Carter Verhaeghe and Anton Lundell. The last question will be will it Sergei Bobrovsky or Spencer Knight in net for this hockey team? Stay tuned.
Tampa Bay Lightning +1000
The Tampa Bay Lightning also have the same odds to win the 2023 Stanley Cup title as their in-state rivals, the Florida Panthers. Tampa Bay is the team to beat in the Eastern Conference until further notice. The Lightning will have a core of Brayden Point, Andrei Vasilevskiy, Steven Stamkos, Victor Hedman, and Nikita Kucherov returning. It will depend on what general manager Julian BriseBois decides to bring in personnel wise to be the role players next season.
Jon Cooper is the head coach if this hockey team though. He usually presses the right buttons for the most part. This will be another short offseason for the Tampa Bay Lightning and will see if they run out of gas or not next season.