With more movement expected in the Presidents' Trophy market, here is a look of the leading contenders in the betting.
Leading the list is the Atlantic Division’s Florida Panthers. The Panthers have been truly dominant this season, and they are a major contender for this trophy. Impressively enough, the Panthers are also coming off a Presidents’ Trophy win in the 2022-23 season.
Florida is nearly a perfectly built team. Up front, they are stacked with both skill and physical presence. You can never take a shift off, as guys like Matthew Tkachuk, Alex Barkov, and Sam Reinhart will make you pay. This also comes with some of the best depth in the entire league.
Defensively, they’ve got a few big dogs like Aaron Ekblad and Brandon Montour, but they also have a solid group overall. In net is one of the NHL’s usual Vezina Trophy candidates in Sergei Bobrovsky, who can take over any game himself.
A large portion of this group went to the Stanley Cup Finals last season, so they now have the experience under their belt as well. It is no surprise they are first in odds to win the Presidents’ Trophy.
If you were to tell the Vancouver Canucks team and fans that they would be in the hunt for the Presidents’ Trophy, there would be pure joy. As it currently stands, this Canadian team has the second-best odds to win the trophy. It has been a season to remember thus far, but there is a long way to go for this determined team.
Vancouver has one of the most skilled groups of forwards in the entire league. Elias Pettersson, JT Miller, and Brock Boeser have all been near the top of NHL scoring all season, as they are finding the scoresheet every night.
Furthermore, captain Quinn Hughes is easily the frontrunner to win the Norris Trophy, and young star Thatcher Demko is finally establishing himself as an elite goaltender in the league. This is a very fun team, who has absolutely killed it this season.
Next is the Metropolitan Division leading New York Rangers. These Rangers have been highly prevalent for years, but have never reached their ultimate goal. However, yet again they have proven to be an extremely powerful team, and look poised to finish near the top of the NHL standings.
New York doesn’t play as much of a run and gun style of play, but they are the real deal. They are eighth in goals per game average, sixth in goals against per game, and they own a top six power play and penalty kill.
Their roster is stacked, and they’ve done this well even with their starter Igor Shesterkin playing well-below his level. With a few acquisitions likely on the horizon, this powerhouse has a great chance of winning the NHL’s Presidents’ Trophy.
At the beginning of the season, the Boston Bruins were not expected to be as good as their record-breaking self from the previous year. This was due to the many major players they lost to retirement or free agency. However, Boston had other plans and they are looking incredible this season.
Boston has done so well this season due to their main players getting the job done each and every night. Forward David Pastrnak is excelling and is fourth in league scoring, with captain Brad Marchand leading on and off the ice in many ways.
Defenseman Charlie McAvoy continues to assert himself as one of the best young defensemen in the league, and the team still owns one of the best goalie tandems out there.
The Winnipeg Jets come in as the second Canadian team, and the NHL team with the fourth-best odds. Similar to Vancouver, they have leaped over expectations, and are giving many Canadians hope of a Stanley Cup win in Canada. This very strong team keeps that hope alive.
Winnipeg has been the NHL’s best team defensively without a question. They currently own the league’s best goals against average (2.35), due to an elite team structure, and a perennial top goaltender in Connor Hellebuyck shutting the door.
They are built as a playoff team, who are big, physical, and structured. At the beginning of the season, some Jets-related drama would have suggested they were in for a long season, but they are currently one of the best.
Any odds displayed were correct at the time of writing and are subject to fluctuation.