Some good news for Canadian fans of NHL teams, the world is beginning to realise just how good the teams are, as they begin to attract betting interest worldwide.
The NHL covers both the United States and Canada, with seven teams from Canada taking part in the league.
These are Toronto, Montreal, Ottawa, Winnipeg, Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver. The Stanley Cup is not easy to win, but that doesn’t stop many gamblers trying to predict who they think will lift the crown.
Players have the option of betting before the season begins on who they think will win the Stanley Cup, or you can wait until mid-season, or even until the playoffs begin if you are not sure.
Which Canadian Teams Attract Betting Interest?
At the moment, three Canadian teams appear to have a realistic chance of winning the Stanley Cup when the new season begins.
Toronto and Edmonton are now in their prime and have top quality stars to build their team around while Vancouver are set to fall into that category themselves.
Big bookmakers such as Paddy Power have betting available right now for the Stanley Cup race, and as the season progresses, odds will change depending on the chances a team has. They are a big brand, known for offering good ice hockey markets and perhaps Paddy Power is most famous for their money back promo.
Although not the favourites, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver all have enough to be considered as potential winners and will be attracting money, even if that is only small at the moment. A good start to the season could certainly see that increased.
Is Winning the Stanley Cup a Realistic Aim?
Winning the Stanley Cup is not easy. Anyone up to date with the latest sports news will know that there are many teams out there who fancy their chances of winning the Stanley Cup sometime soon, and those chances are realistic.
But not everyone can win the cup of course. Of the three teams already mentioned, Vancouver are the least likely, simply because they are younger. The feeling is that they will have a much stronger challenge in a couple of years.With Conor McDavid leading Edmonton and Austin Matthews leading Toronto, the two teams both have a superstar at the helm, and they have a supporting cast behind.
What could hold back these two though is their experience of winning. Both have shown a weakness here, and need to turn this around, but the only way to do that is to win.
Can Canada Dominate the NHL in the Future?
The three teams, already spoken about, especially Vancouver, look set to challenge for the next 5, probably 10 years.
Then alongside those teams, throw in Montreal who are rapidly improving and have a very young core to work with. Even Ottawa are making strides towards becoming a playoff team once again.
With so many teams coming to the fore at a similar time, there is every chance that Canada can dominate hockey again.
Yes, these teams will have big challengers from the States, perhaps none more so than the Colorado Avalanche, who have built an incredibly exciting core.We have not seen the Stanley Cup raised by a Canadian hockey team since Montreal lifted the crown in the 1992/93 season. There is nothing that can be said for certain, but the current crop of teams look to have the potential between them to win another one for the country soon.