Future betting is for those who want the opportunity to make a big splash with a small stake and don’t mind waiting to cash in on their wager. Basically, you’re betting on an outcome that won’t be determined until the end of the season.
In the NHL, there are both team and player future bet options.
Team Future Bets
The most common NHL team future book play is wagering on the outcome of that season’s Stanley Cup playoffs. Generally, even the top favorites to win the Cup will be offered at decent odds prior to the start of the season. For instance, bettors could access +500 odds on the eventual champion Colorado Avalanche to win the 2021-22 Stanley Cup when the first betting lines were posted in August of 2021. Thus, a $10 wager on the Avalanche would’ve returned a $60 payout – a $50 profit plus the refund of the $10 stake.
Bettors in New York can make similar wagers on which team will win the Presidents’ Trophy as the NHL’s top regular-season team or to win their respective division or conference title.
Another popular team-based wager is season point totals.
Each NHL team is assigned a projected point total by an online sportsbook such as BetMGM. Bettors wager on whether they think the team will go over or under that total.
Player Future Bets
Future book wagering is offered by online sports betting apps such as Caesars sportsbook on all of the major NHL awards. These include the Hart, Vezina, Art Ross, Calder and Norris Trophies. Solid prices can often be obtained through these wagers.
For instance, 2021-22 Vezina Trophy winner Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers was available at opening odds of +2000. In this case, a $10 bet would’ve brought a return on investment of $210.
Player stats season totals are another common player-based future book bet. Players will be assigned goal and point totals, while goalies may be given win totals. Wagering on whether the player will go over or under these digits is the task of the bettor.
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