The Las Vegas Golden Knights began taking season ticket deposits in late 2015. The NHL franchise projected they would have in the neighborhood of 10,000 requests in their inaugural campaign. In the blink of an eye they received deposits on all 16,000 season tickets available for the 2017-18 season. Not only did the team underestimate the metro area’s thirst for hockey the oddsmakers gave the team little chance to be successful in season one. Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup Championship: Vegas 7-to-1
The official website of the National Hockey League published a September piece on their portal in 2016 titled “Las Vegas reaches limit on season tickets.” The editors at NHL.com went on to report “Today, we are proud to announce that season tickets for the 2017 season are sold out,” owner Bill Foley said. “This is a truly historic event for the Las Vegas community, the NHL and all of our fans. I would like to thank everyone who has supported and continues to support our efforts to make the Las Vegas NHL franchise a success. The season-ticket drive began in February 2015 with a goal of 10,000 deposits. More than 5,000 tickets were sold within two days and 9,000 season tickets were sold within a month of the launch, according to the franchise.”
The 31st NHL franchise in the history of the league saw the World’s Largest Race and Sportsbook, Westgate, post odds for NHL teams to win the 2017-18 Stanley Cup Final in which Vegas opened at 200-to-1 odds. The latest WestGate update has the Knights at 7-to-1 to earn Sir Stanley’s title this June.
Vegas has been making history the entire season. The Knights were the first expansion team to start 5-1 in 100 years. In addition Vegas set a new record for an inaugural-season winning streak. And now, with the league preparing for the late January All-Star break, the Knights currently rest with the second lowest odds to win the NHL Championship behind only the Tampa Bay Lightning.
A quick look at WestGate‘s odds for the current team’s most likely to win the 2018 NHL crown:
Tampa Bay Lightning: 5/1
Vegas Golden Knights: 7/1
Toronto Maple Leafs: 12/1
Nashville Predators: 12/1
Washington Capitals: 14/1
Dallas Star: 14/1
Winnipeg Jets: 14/1
As mentioned, Vegas opened at 200-to-1 odds. The top of the charts finds a Tampa Bay squad that opened at 10-to-1. Toronto was 14-to-1 in the sportsbook’s initial May NHL futures release. Nashville was 14-to-1. Washington came in at 10-to-1 odds in May. Dallas was 14-to-1 and Winnipeg opened at 40-to-1.
A complete list of teams, opening and closing odds to win the Stanley Cup and Conference titles provided by WestGate of Las Vegas:
Odds to Win 2018 Stanley Cup Championship: Vegas 7-to-1