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NHL Preseason Power Rankings: Futures Edition

Who do the sports books think are the favorites for the Stanley Cup? How much has changed since last year?

All 30 teams are ranked according to their average odds to win the Cup this year and last year…with brief analysis. Boston is the biggest climber moving up 14 spots from 19 to 5, while the Stars have the biggest drop, going from 8 to 18.

This week I look at how sports books have ranked all 30 NHL squads and compared them to last year’s rankings. What’s changed?

1Detroit Red Wings1Best team in NHL last few years
2Pittsburgh Penguins2Defending Champs
3San Jose Sharks3Perennial regular season monsters
4Chicago Blackhawks12Young players getting better
5Boston Bruins19Last year’s surprise team
6Washington Capitals6Met expectations last year, few changes
7Philadelphia Flyers11Pronger but questions in net
8Calgary Flames13Bouwmeester
9New Jersey Devils9Consistently in top 10
10Anaheim Ducks5Fall in rankings after disappointing season
11Vancouver Canucks17Exceeded expectations
12Carolina Hurricanes18Played a strong second half in ’09
13Montreal Canadiens4Failed to follow succesful ’08 campaign
14New York Rangers7Questions on offense and defense
15St. Louis Blues26Young, talented, strong finish to ’09
16Ottawa Senators10Disappointing ’09, Heatley
17Buffalo Sabres20Unable to recreate magic of previous years
18Dallas Stars8Biggest disappointment of ’09
19Edmonton Oilers21What’s changed since last year?
20Minnesota Wild15Quietly disappointing year
21Columbus Blue Jackets25Improve after 1st playoff birth in team history
22Nashville Predators24What has changed?
23Florida Panthers22Adjusted well under new coach
24Los Angeles Kings30Improved but by how much?
25Toronto Maple Leafs27Still building for the future
26Tampa Bay Lightning14Think the books got this wrong last year
27Colorado Avalanche16Suddenly rebuilding
28Phoenix Coyotes23Team in turmoil
29Atlanta Thrashers29The second worst team in the league…again
30New York Islanders28The worst team in the league