Based on the 2023 NHL free agency period thus far, the Pacific Division’s status will stay the same: Vegas stays on top. The defending Stanley Cup champion may have longer NHL betting lines than Edmonton, but it brought back two of its key members in goaltender Adin Hill and winger Ivan Barbashev. As for the rest of the division, they’re still scrambling to upgrade.
Pacific Division: Offseason Outlook
Vegas Golden Knights
- Key Signings: NA
- Top Draft Picks: C David Edstrom
- 2024 Stanley Cup Odds: +1200
Vegas’s two biggest deals came in the form of giving Hill and Barbashev new contracts. The former was arguably Vegas’s most important player, while the latter will continue to bring the physicality and championship heart. The Golden Knights had to trade Reilly Smith to re-ink Barbashev, however. In the NHL Entry Draft, Vegas took Edstrom with the last pick in the first round.
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- Key Signings: RW Connor Brown, C Lane Pederson
- Top Draft Picks: D Beau Akey
- 2024 Stanley Cup Odds: +1000
Edmonton has the shortest NHL odds to win the Stanley Cup. This team could still use more depth and consistent netminding. Brown provides 448 games of NHL experience and was the 2021 World Championship points leader. In the draft, Edmonton did not have a first-round pick, using its second-round pick to add to its defense.
Los Angeles Kings
- Key Signings: C Trevor Lewis, G David Rittich, G Cam Talbot
- Top Draft Picks: D Jakub Dvorak
- 2024 Stanley Cup Odds: +2200
The Kings acquired Pierre-Luc Dubois thus giving the team one of the best center depth charts. While they had to give up Gabriel Vilardi and Alex Iafollo, the team brought back Trevor Lewis and shored up its goaltending. Its odds have not shift since prior to the NHL Entry Draft. Los Angeles too did not have a first-round pick, getting Dvorak on the second round.
- Key Signings: RW Kailer Yamamoto, D Brian Dumoulin, G Joey Daccord
- Top Draft Picks: LW Eduard Sale
- 2024 Stanley Cup Odds: +4000
The Kraken make NHL news in small ways. There is nothing eye-popping with its signings, replacing Carson Soucy with Dumoulin and signing Yamamoto. Daccord could also be taking Martin Jones’s place, who remains a free agent. Seattle drafted Eduard Sale, the fourth-highest-rated European skater with its 20th overall pick.
- Key Signings: D Jordan Oesterle, RW Yegor Sharangovich
- Top Draft Picks: LW Samuel Honzek
- 2024 Stanley Cup Odds: +2500
Calgary will be the Pacific Division team that looks the most different given its roster turnover. Gone are Lewis and Tyler Toffoli, while Oesterle and Sharangovich are in. Calgary’s online gambling odds will remain steady as this team still has its biggest stars staying put. The team drafted Honzek, who fits right in with the Flames’ archetype of player: big and skilled.
- Key Signings: D Carson Soucy, D Ian Cole, C Teddy Blueger, D Matt Irwin
- Top Draft Picks: D Tom Willander
- 2024 Stanley Cup Odds: +6000
One word to summarize Vancouver’s offseason so far: defense. The team just spent its first-round pick and over $14 million to upgrade its defense. The most notable are Seattle’s Soucy and two-time champion Cole. Blueger is also a solid defensive center coming over from Vegas. Overall, Vancouver may be a sharp NHL picks to improve if their deals pay dividends.
San Jose Sharks
- Key Signings: G MacKenzie Blackwood, D Kyle Burroughs
- Top Draft Picks: C Will Smith, LW Quentin Musty
- 2024 Stanley Cup Odds: +15000
San Jose still has plenty of dealing to do, given how it’s barely filled its cap space. To start, the Sharks signed Blackwood to be one of their goaltenders. All eyes will be on Will Smith as the team’s top draft choice at fourth overall. He likely won’t join the team until next year at least. Quentin Musty is another first-round pick via New Jersey.
- Key Signings: LW Alex Killorn
- Top Draft Picks: C Leo Carlsson
- 2024 Stanley Cup Odds: +25000
The Ducks created quite a commotion by drafting Leo Carlsson over Adam Fantilli. Still, the big Swede could be the team’s next franchise center in succession of Ryan Getzlaf. And via the free agent market, Anaheim had a coup in acquiring Alex Killorn. The all-around player has 466 career points with a Calder Cup and two Stanley Cup rings to his name.