Newark, NJ – If you haven’t already, put some respect on the New Jersey Devils’ name. They’ve received the fourth-best odds to win the 2024 Stanley Cup at +1200, tied with the Carolina Hurricanes.
The Vegas Golden Knights are your 2023 Stanley Cup Champions. However, the betting odds for the 2024 Stanley Cup were dropped the second Mark Stone lifted Lord Stanley. It’s always a little puzzling to not see the current champs as the favorite to lead the odds. Alas, the Colorado Avalanche are the favorites in 2024 to win the Stanley Cup at +800.
Funny enough, the Devils are also in the same favor to win the cup as the Golden Knights who literally just dominated the Panthers in five games, especially when they dismantled them in Game 5. The New York Rangers trail the Devils for the fifth-best odds at +1400.
A lot can change between now and October. The odds are likely made with the assumption that the Devils will be bringing back Jesper Bratt and Timo Meier. As of right now, both contract negotiations are underway and both have been a grind.
Reason for Optimism
The optimism about New Jersey is certainly justified. A massive step forward in 2022-23 will do this for the Devils. They were consistently in contention for first place in the Metropolitan Division with the Hurricanes. They wound up in second place, however, also stood at third overall in the NHL by the season’s end. Their 52-win season also made New Jersey the best regular season team in franchise history.
The pieces for the Devils to win are all mostly in place. Jack Hughes’ franchise record 99-point season put him on the map as one of the best players in the NHL. Nico Hischier’s 80-point breakout season firmly plants him in the conversation as one of the best two-way players in the game. And Dougie Hamilton’s 74-point season, the most ever among defensemen in franchise history, gives New Jersey a legitimate No.1 defenseman.
The scary thing is the Devils aren’t even at their peak. The young Devils team is mostly complete. If GM Tom Fitzgerald decides to upgrade his goaltending this summer after inking Bratt and Meier, don’t be surprised to see those odds increase. Get used to the Devils as a Stanley Cup favorite for the foreseeable future, they’re here to stay.