The Edmonton Oilers will enter the upcoming NHL season with 20/1 odds to win the Stanley Cup according to Bodog.net. These odds have the Oilers ranked tied for ninth with the New York Rangers and Minnesota Wild who boast the same odds. Not surprisingly the Chicago Blackhawks are favored to repeat as Stanley Cup Champions with 6/1 odds, followed closely by the Pittsburgh Penguins at 13/2.
The Oilers provincial rivals and arch enemy, the Calgary Flames aren’t given much of a chance to win this year based on their odds of 100/1 to win it all which ranks them tied for second last with the Buffalo Sabres. Only the Florida Panthers are worse with 150/1.
Oilers’ fans can recall the dark days when their beloved club was ranked next to dead last in many categories including the odds to bring home Lord Stanley. To see the Flames buried at the bottom of the list is at least some form of happiness even though the Oilers are a long way from proving they belong any where near the top ten list of contenders.
The 20/1 odds for Edmonton is further proof that the media and those involved with the game of hockey expect bigger and better things from this Oilers club than they have delivered in the past couple of seasons.
Gone are the days of excuses and Craig MacTavish all but stated that when he took over as GM. There are still holes left on this club that will need to be addressed between now and the trade deadline, but at least there is plenty of optimism and promise in what has been assembled in the early stages of the Oilers roster.
It’s time to put up or shut up for these Oilers and while it is gratifying to see they are receiving some recognition and credit on the potential this team has, only the players can dictate if the Las Vegas odds makers are accurate or not. Bring on the season and let’s get to playing hockey already.