The 5 Best NHL 2022-2023 Future Picks and Why

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Igor Shesterkin #31 of the New York Rangers gives up a goal to Steven Stamkos #91 of the Tampa Bay Lightning. Julio Aguilar/Getty Images/AFP.

The clock is ticking towards the start of the NHL season, what better time than now to get your NHL future bets locked and loaded.

Here are our 5 best NHL future selections, whilst some may be obvious choices, others we have gone for better NHL picks.

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1. Andrei Vasilevskiy (Vezina Trophy)

Tampa Bay goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy is the second favorite behind fellow Russian Igor Shesterkin to win the Vezina trophy in 2023.

Now these two have been performing at such a high level recently that’s it is kind of hard to see one of the two not winning again this year. It especially helps when you have a solid defence in front of your goaltender.

Vasilevskiy has led the league with the most regular season wins in each of the previous 5 seasons. He has been nominated four times for the trophy, only winning on one occasion in 2019.

We like Vasilevskiy’s odds much better than Shesterkin who is coming in at NHL Odds of +250, if Tampa Bay want to ride off into the sunset with one more Stanley Cup, this is the guy who’s going to get you there.

Vezina Trophy Winner: Andrei Vasilevskiy (+500) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)

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2. New York Rangers (Metropolitan Division)

The Metropolitan Division in the East looks to be a two horse race again this season between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers. Last season the Hurricanes came first with 116 pts, the Rangers tied up 2nd with 110 pts and Pittsburgh 3rd with 103 pts.

If anything the Rangers and Hurricanes have gotten better this off-season, whilst the glory days of Sidney Crosbys Penguins or Alex Ovechkin’s Capitals seem to be fading fast. We expect these two teams to battle it out for 3rd again this season.

We believe the Rangers are a more evenly matched team to the Hurricanes than the top-rated sportsbooks will have us believe, give us a shot at the Rangers to win the division at +325 compared to the Hurricanes +175.

Interestingly the last time the Rangers won the Metropolitan division in 2014-15 the Hurricanes came last.

Metropolitan Division Winner: New York Rangers (+325) at Everygame (visit our Everygame Review)

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3. Minnesota Wild (Regular Season Points)

Minnesota are in a relatively easy division as they get to face the two biggest outsiders to win this year’s Stanley Cup (Arizona Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks) as well as being in a division with the Nashville Predators (+5100) and Winnipeg Jets (+5100).

Even the St Louis Blues and Dallas Stars are not priced any lower than +2000 to lift the Stanley Cup. Not that being in a division with a huge amount of Stanley Cup outsiders guarantees victory, but it helps to explain why we believe they should get above 99.5 regular season points; we expect them to win slightly more than average.

Added to the fact they scored 113 points last season, we have the Wild to hit a projected 106 points in 2023, which is well above 99.5 points. If forward Kirill Kaprizov can stay hot and take another leap forward in terms of ability, this should be an easy over.

Regular Season Points: Minnesota Wild Over 99.5 Regular Season Points (-110) at Everygame

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4. Edmonton Oilers (Stanley Cup)

Obviously, the Oilers have the best duo in hockey right now with Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid on their roster, but they haven’t managed to get close to a Stanley Cup yet, with last season being their best attempt making it to the Conference finals were they crashed out to the eventual winners Colorado.

The Oilers main issue in recent years has been their defensive aspect of the game, they were well capable of winning in a high scoring open affair more often than not, but when teams took it to the nitty gritty, defensive shut down that’s when the Oilers tend to struggle.

They have also had a lot of trouble finding a solid long term goaltender, which would be ideal. This could be one of the deadly duos last attempt to win a Stanley cup together. They might have a somewhat potentially solid goaltender in Jack Campbell who joined this off season.

Honestly, it’s hard to see them overcoming the likes of Colorado over a 7 game series, but at +1600 it’s a position we like very much for a potential hedge bet down the line. They should slip past the first round of the playoffs at least and become available to bet at around odds of +500 or that hopefully.

Stanley Cup Winners: Edmonton Oilers (+1600) at BetOnline

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5. Leon Draisaitl (Rocket Richard Trophy)

Edmonton Oilers’ forward and part of the deadly duo, Leon Draisaitl has finished 2nd / 4th / 4th and 2nd in the previous four years as the regular season top goalscorer (also known as the Rocket Richard trophy or award).

The sportsbooks have him down as second favorite over Toronto Maple Leafs forward Auston Matthews in the market. Matthews is available to bet at +225 whilst Draisaitl is almost double with odds of +550.

The German forward looks determined more than ever to become the league’s top goalscorer and we believe this is the year to pounce. Last season he had 55 goals, the highest in his career.

Rocket Richard Trophy: Leon Draisaitl (+550) at Everygame

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