The Edmonton Oilers made a deep playoff run a year ago, making it all the way into the Western Conference finals before losing to the eventual-champion Colorado Avalanche.
The Oilers know that they are just a piece or two away from putting themselves in Stanley Cup contention and it looks like they might have found just that.
Does that mean that they’re a good bet in terms of their futures? Let’s take a closer look at their NHL betting odds for 2022-23.
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Edmonton Oilers Odds
- To win Stanley Cup +1500
- To win Western Conference +700
- To win Pacific Division +230
- To make playoffs Yes -750 / No +500
Player to Watch
Arguably, the only reason that the Oilers weren’t able to win a Stanley Cup last season and cash on those NHL odds was that they didn’t have the goaltending necessary to do so.
In the offseason, they signed Jack Campbell to a five-year deal. Campbell played 49 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs and had a 31-9-6 record with a 2.64 goals-against average and a .914 save percentage.
Campbell will be tasked with taking this team to the next level – if they Oilers are able to make it into the postseason. He has to be better than Mike Smith, who was 8-6 with a 3.37 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage in the playoffs.
The Oilers have long had goaltending shortcomings and made it far with a makeshift effort from Smith. Steady play from Campbell could put them over the top.
- Player to Watch: G Jack Campbell
Can lightning strike the same place twice? The Oilers saw Evan Bouchard break out with 43 points last season after having six points in the previous campaign.
The breakout was so strong that he now has the potential to be a top-pair defenseman for them moving forward. This time around, they have a player in Philip Broberg in the exact same situation.
Broberg scored just three points in 23 games a season ago. Now, the 21-year-old player has the potential to turn it up a notch just like Bouchard and become their next big breakout player.
- Breakout Watch: D Philip Broberg
Anytime a team has this much offensive talent on the roster, they are immediate playoff contenders. The trio of Connor McDavid, Evander Kane and Leon Draisaitl are enough to get them to the playoffs.
McDavid is the best player in hockey, Draisaitl isn’t far behind and Kane was a ferocious scorer that provided great depth last season. It’s hard to beat a team that has this much star power upfront.
The major issue was defense and goaltending, but it appears the Oilers fixed that by adding Campbell to the rotation.He played incredibly well with the Maple Leafs last season.
If he keeps playing to his potential, this is a Stanley Cup team. If he underperforms, the worst that could happen is they bow out early in the playoffs.
Not to be a downer, but it feels like this team has more room to disappoint than surprise to the upside. That being the case, go under their regular-season point total with your NHL picks.
If Campbell doesn’t work out or if Kane falls off or if injuries factor, this team will fall short of expectations in the sportsbook.