While the St. Louis Blues are still busy celebrating after shooting the 2018-19 Stanley Cup, another 30 teams in the National Hockey League are preparing for the 2019 NHL Entry Draft that occurs on June 21-22.
In regards to odds on which player will be taken with the first overall pick, it is clear oddsmakers have already made their minds up. Jack Hughes is the substantial -1200 favorite to go at No. 1 at BetOnline, together with Kaapo Kakko coming back since the +600 underdog. No other players are available to bet on at the store.
Jack Hughes Is Your -1200 Favorite To Go First From The 2019 NHL Entry Draft.
This isn’t really much of a surprise considering Hughes has become the front-runner to really go off the board first since last year. The American centre had 112 points (34 goals, 78 assists) in 50 games with the U.S. National U18 Team in 2018-19 and is viewed as one of the very talented prospects to enter the draft in quite some time. Barring a major surprise, Hughes will likely visit the New Jersey Devils, who have the No. 1 pick.
Do not Sleep on Kakko
While Hughes has been hogging most of the accolades entering the draft, Kakko has emerged as a can not -miss prospect. The Finn amassed 38 points (22 goals, 16 assists) in 45 games with TPS Turku in SM-liiga and capped off his year with what would prove to be his coming-out party in the 2019 IIHF world championship when he scored six times in 10 matches for Finland.
That functionality pleased the New York Rangers brass, as the Rangers will take Kakko at select No. 2 if Hughes belongs to the Devils. Things can change quickly in the NHL, however, so if you feel that the Devils will jolt the hockey world and take Kakko with the first pick, his +600 cost is appealing.
More NHL Draft Props
At the same time, Sports Interaction has draft position OVER/UNDER props for another top prospects available in the 2019 NHL Draft on Friday, together with odds on which player will be selected third overall at the night behind Hughes and Kakko.
Kirby Dach out of Saskatoon of the WHL has an OVER/UNDER draft place of 5.5, with a -120 moneyline on each side of this bet. Fellow WHL ahead Dylan Cozens of Lethbridge sits using an OVER/UNDER draft place of 5.5 too, but the OVER is preferred at -160 together with the UNDER place at +115. American forward Cole Caufield’s OVER/UNDER is 6.5 (OVER favorite at -170), although Russian forward Vasili Podkolzin’s OVER/UNDER is 10.5 (UNDER favored at -145).
Defenseman Bowen Byram, by Vancouver of the WHL, is the preferred third full on Friday 24, to be selected. That pick is owned by the Chicago Blackhawks heading into the draft. American forward Alex Turcotte is next on that prop wager at -250, followed by the two Dach and Cozens at +1300, and Caufield at +3500.
To see chances on which NHL team will catch the 2019-20 Stanley Cup, take a look at our NHL futures page.
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