The NHL Draft has come and gone, and we are only three days away from NHL Free Agency opening up on July the 13th at 12 PM EST. Although the draft itself rarely has a direct impact on the upcoming season, there were some big trades and other rumors that I think clearly will impact the NHL playoff race and will have future implications for years to come.
I do have to stress, there is a lack of future options right now and this is the longshots article. There will be another article, once the cloud of doubt surrounding free agency clears up. Many of these teams I would want to take bets on whether or not they will make the playoffs, but a small sprinkle on their Cup futures can prove to be profitable with cash out options opening up on books such as FanDuel etc. If you want a safer option, wait until the sportsbooks open up “Make Playoffs” bets. As of right now we don't have these lines opened and are unsure when they will release, however I think it makes sense to do small sprinkles on these longshots and wait for a cashout option, should they start the season strong. Right now, pre Free Agency is the time to take these risks as I believe lines will move heavily if big moves are made by these teams, and they are all rumored to do so.