2022 NHL Western Conference Futures Odds and Picks

The new NHL season will get underway in a little over a month and it will do so with a new 32nd team, the Seattle Kraken. The Kraken will play in the Western Conference and, while the expansion draft was good for the Kraken, they are not favored to win the West.

The 2021-22 NHL season will also have teams back in their normal divisions. That means there will be a representative from the Western Conference in the Stanley Cup final. So, who will it be? Here’s a look at the 2022 NHL Western Conference futures odds and picks.

Check out our 2022 NHL Stanley Cup futures picks and 2022 NHL Eastern Conference futures picks.

Favorites to Win the NHL Western Conference in 2022

They have some of the top scorers in the game. Nathan MacKinnon, Mikko Rantanen, and Gabriel Landeskog present issues for any opponent. Plus, the Avs have one of the best scoring defensemen in the NHL in Cale Makar who had 44 points in 44 games last season.

One issue for the Avs is that goaltender Philipp Grubauer, who went 30-9-1 last season, is now in Seattle. If the Avs can get some quality goalie play, they can live up to their roles as +200 favorites to win the West.

Contenders to Win the NHL Western Conference in 2022

As long as the Golden Knights continue to play defense, they will continue to have chances to win. Last season, they were outstanding leading the NHL by giving up just 2.18 goals per game. Vegas might have a more difficult time in maintaining that mark this season. Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury, the winner of the Vezina Trophy last season, was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks.

Still, the Golden Knights have a capable replacement in Robin Lehner who went 13-4-2 last season. This team is built around defense with Max Pacioretty, Mark Stone, and Jonathan Marchessault providing the offense. That may be just enough to take out Colorado.

Longshots to Win the NHL Western Conference in 2022

The Western Conference will be a two-team race – Colorado and Vegas – all season long. No other team in the West is given better than +1000 odds to win the conference. Minnesota and Edmonton are both listed at +1000. The Oilers, of course, have the top two scorers in the NHL returning – Connor McDavid (105 pts) and Leon Draisatl (84).

What the Oilers lack in goaltending, the Wild lacks on offense. Both teams could get hot at the right point in the season, but they could equally fall apart at the wrong time.

If there is a longshot bet worth making, it might be on Winnipeg. The Jets are listed at +1700 to win the conference, but they possess the right amount of scoring and solid goatending to do so.

Former Vezina Trophy winner Connor Hellebuyck is one of the top netminders in the NHL. The Jets had four scorers among the top 40 in the NHL last season: Mark Scheifele (63), Kyle Connor (50), Blake Wheeler (46), and Nikolaj Ehlers (46). There is just enough balance there to give the Jets a chance.

The Jets could end up as the second-best team in the Central Division behind Colorado. It will take a huge playoff run, but Winnipeg has the ability to do so.

2022 NHL Western Conference Predictions

Despite the love of the longshot, this is a two-team race. Both Colorado and Vegas lose their top goalie from a year ago. The Avs have the better scorers; the Golden Knights have the better defense. In the end, defense wins championships.

THE PICK: GOLDEN KNIGHTS +300

Odds to Win 2022 NHL Western Conference

Colorado Avalanche +200

Vegas Golden Knights +300

Minnesota Wild +1000

Edmonton Oilers +1000

Dallas Stars +1400

St. Louis Blues +1600

Winnipeg Jets +1700

Seattle Kraken +1700

Chicago Blackhawks +1800

Calgary Flames +2200

Vancouver Canucks +2500

Los Angeles Kings +3000

San Jose Sharks +4000

Nashville Predators +4000

Anaheim Ducks +10000

Arizona Coyotes +10000

Read our NHL player props betting guide.

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A native of Western Pennsylvania, Rick, a Generation X-er, who now lives just north of the Motor City, Detroit, Michigan. A former high school, college, and professional football player, Rick now spends his time as a high school coach and as a personal quarterback trainer. An all-state high school quarterback, he went on to become an Academic All-American at Division II Indiana University of PA. He later coached at his alma mater helping lead the program to the 1990 NCAA Division II national championship game. Rick has also served as a high school head coach and as an assistant in Pennsylvania, New York, and Michigan.

His passion for sports writing started when he was the sports editor for his high school newspaper and continued when he worked as a sportswriter for the Jamestown (New York) Post-Journal in the early 1990s. A true sports fanatic, Rick enjoys all things Pittsburgh: Steelers, Pirates, and Penguins. The Immaculate Reception, the 1979 We Are Family Pirates, and the ’91-’92 Penguins are among his favorites. After working as an educator and athletic director for several years, he again took up sports writing and has contributed to several websites and publications, including Coach & Player magazine, X & O Labs, American Football Monthly, and many others.

When not consumed with coaching, watching, thinking about, or writing about football and other seasonal sports, he finds himself working out like he was still in college and reading everything from military history to Brad Thor novels. Rick has also been chasing rock god stardom as a drummer who has played with bands that have opened for the likes of Fuel, Days of the New, and Alien Ant Farm. He continues to play with his church worship group. Most importantly, Rick is married to the love of his life, Lisa, and has two beautiful daughters.