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2022 NHL Betting Preview – NHL Odds and Picks for Jack Adams, Rocket Richard, Art Ross Trophy and More

Ryan Bolta

by Ryan Bolta in NHL Hockey

Updated Oct 10, 2021 · 11:50 AM PDT

Edmonton Oilers center Conner McDavid watching the puck during an NHL game.
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid watches the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Arizona Coyotes Tuesday, Feb. 4, 2020, in Glendale, Ariz. The Coyotes defeated the Oilers 3-0. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
  • The NHL season begins Tuesday, October 12th with the Tampa Bay Lightning hosting the Pittsburgh Penguins
  • NHL odds on individual games and futures bets are now available
  • Below are in-depth breakdowns and NHL predictions for the Jack Adams Award and Rocket Richard Trophy

NHL odds have been released and there’s no better way to prepare for the new season than to take a deep dive into some intriguing futures bets.

Unlike some other leagues, NHL predictions are tough when it comes to futures with so much parity between the star players and teams. The good news though, the odds reflect just how tough making the correct pick can be. The most important thing to remember is making your decision early can pay dividends. NHL odds makers tend to make quick changes, so this is the best value you’ll see all year.

Here’s a look at two awards in particular that could result in handsome pay days if you lock in your wager before the season begins.

Jack Adams Award Odds

Coach Odds
Jon Cooper +600
Joel Quenneville +700
Dean Evason +750
Barry Trotz +900
Bruce Cassidy +1000
Rod Brind’Amour +1100
Gerard Gallant +1100
Sheldon Keefe +1200
Jared Bednar +1500
Dave Hakstol +2000
Dave Tippett +2000
Paul Maurice +2000
Peter Laviolette +2500
Dominique Ducharme +3500
Craig Berube +3500

All Odds as of October 10th at DraftKings

The Jack Adams can be tougher to predict than many other awards because it’s a bit of a moving target. While other awards are given to the best at a specific skill, defining the best coach comes with some level of opinion. While Jon Cooper of the Lightning is listed as the favorite, the award very rarely goes to the coach of the clear best team in the league. Tampa Bay has won back-to-back Stanley Cups, so is seems unlikely Cooper will be able to coach his team to the level they’ll be seen as overachievers.

With that in mind, move farther down the list and take a look at the new coach in New York Gerard Gallant. He won the award in 2018 after coaching the biggest group of underachievers in league history, the Vegas Golden Knights. Now with the Rangers, this is a prime position for him to capture the award yet again.

The Rangers are coming off a disappointing season in which they missed the playoffs but have a loaded roster in a division that could see some turnover. Defenseman Adam Fox is the reigning Norris Trophy winner, forward Artemi Panarin is once again expected to contend for league MVP and the Rangers have two good goalies in Igor Shesterkin and Alexander Georgiev. Add to that last year’s number one overall pick Alexis Lafreniere having a disappointing rookie reason, there’s lots of room for this team to improve.

The Pick: Gerard Gallant +1100

Rocket Richard Trophy Odds

Player Odds
Auston Matthews +300
Leon Draisaitl +700
Connor McDavid +750
David Pastrnak +1200
Alex Ovechkin +1200
Kyle Connor +1800
Alex Debrincat +1800
Sebastian Aho +1800
Nikita Kucherov +1800
Mikko Rantanen +1800
Mika Zibanejad +2200
Kirill Kaprizov +2200
Nathan MacKinnon +2500
Brad Marchand +2500
Brayden Point +2500

NHL public betting is going to be all over the map when it comes to the leagues top scorer. The Rocket Richard Trophy odds have the reigning winner Auston Matthews as the favorite followed by some of the leagues heaviest hitters. It’s tough to argue against Matthews and his scoring prowess but he did miss the entire pre-season recovering for off-season surgery. Taking a long look, there does appear to be one 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 over a full 82 game schedule and it’s reasonable to assume he takes another step forward this year. This is the only major award McDavid has yet to win, unless of course you’re including the Stanley Cup. Is it possible that McDavid and Matthews are dueling it out for this trophy again this season? It seems so, and McDavid is paying a much better price.

One last note about this award, Capitals forward Alex Ovechkin is trying to win it for the 10th time. That’s not a typo, this trophy will likely be named after him one day. Ovechkin was banged up in Washington’s final pre-season game but appears to have avoided major injury. If you’re looking for a player with greater than 10/1 odds, he’s likely the best choice on the board.

The Pick: Connor McDavid (+750)

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