Please continue to peruse our 2023 NHL Prop Bets as we search for potential value in the Jack Adams Award category as the season approaches. Our focus is on coaches who are best set up for success.
Now, the nice part of this award is this. One can bet now or bet later. That is correct. There is a bit longer shelf life for season-long awards sometimes. Expect the "Coach Of The Year" to be one of those races that go down to the end of the 2022-23 NHL regular season.
The Jack Adams Awards Is That Wide Open For NHL Props?
So, the Jack Adams Awards is that wide open for NHL Props. The lines are very reasonable early on because there are never any clear-cut favorites for such an award. Any coach of the year award has so many variables to consider. Yes, the coach of a team is essential. However, there are so many swings of momentum, injuries, and obstacles to overcome.
Our goal this season was to promise new 2022-23 NHL Props. Yes, these come with significant risks in some cases. However, there is the potential for even greater reward. The reality is should you throw your entire bankroll on one of these wagers? That answer is not.
It is imperative to keep looking at these NHL odds. Award races like the Jack Adams Awards are typically updated about every two to three weeks or so. Sites will try their best to keep up with coaches that get off to hot or cold starts.
Below is our table on numbers for the "Coach Of The Year" this 2022-23 NHL season.
|NHL Props - The Jack Adams Award
Okay, so let's begin with one of the favorites.
2023 NHL Prop Bets - Gerard Gallant For Jack Adams
Gerard Gallant has entered the Jack Adams Award conversation for NHL Prop Bets. Gallant made a solid case to win the award last year as the New York Rangers topped the 100-point mark. Furthermore, they nearly won the Metropolitan Division. The NHL Online Betting Odds seem hesitant to make Gallant a clear-cut favorite.
The impact of the New York Rangers head coach not winning cannot be disputed. This was a team that proved they could win in the playoffs, even when it appeared everything was against them. New York was down three games to one against Pittsburgh. They came back. New York was counted out against the Carolina Hurricanes. They fought back. Even versus the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Rangers nearly won the series and advanced to the Stanley Cup Final.
Yes, New York Expectations Are Greater
Last season, some slept on the New York Rangers, and there was a heavy price to pay. This year, yes, New York expectations are more significant. Even Gerard Gallant figures to have extra motivation after what happened in the postseason. Then, there was the Jack Adams Award vote in June. It was not so much that Darryl Sutter won the award. It became more than Gallant finished third in the voting. Many experts felt the Rangers' bench boss was the winner.
Gallant was a distant third in the voting as well. Consider the coach tallied 142 points and 12 first-place votes. Andrew Brunette wound up with 249 voting points, while Sutter amassed 353 voting points. Also, the Metropolitan Division is considered a race between the Carolina Hurricanes and the New York Rangers. Ironically, Carolina coach Rod Brind'amour won the Jack Adams a couple of seasons ago.
Gallant set up well for a good run at the Jack Adams Award. He has the goaltender in Igor Shesterkin, great forwards like Mika Zibanejad and Artemi Panarin, and a Norris Trophy winner in defenseman Adam Fox. Add in-depth, and the pucks are stacked, fortunately in his favor.
What About Jay Woodcroft?
The 2023 NHL Prop Bets focuses on Jay Woodcroft. The Edmonton Oilers' head coach guided the Oilers to the Western Conference Final before bowing to the Colorado Avalanche. Given how Edmonton performed over the second half of the season (26-9-3), it is easy to see why the Oilers and Woodcroft are a viable choice here. That .724 winning percentage was second in the NHL over that span.
While it never hurts to have Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl as forwards, Edmonton did have a bit of an adventure regarding their defensive corps. Woodcroft turned Mike Smith back into the primarily reliable goaltender he was a few seasons ago. The hope for the Oilers is that Woodcroft can work his magic again. However, over an 82-game season, challenges are tougher to come by.
The biggest question for Edmonton is how they compete in a Pacific Division against teams like the Calgary Flames and Los Angeles Kings. The Kings are the up-and-coming team. Los Angeles added Kevin Fiala while Calgary revamped its forward group. Woodcroft has the advantage of stability and somewhat lower expectations than, say, Gerard Gallant. At Online Sports Betting, we use the word somewhat generously. Up in Canada, every Canadian team believes they can win the Stanley Cup.
With a reasonable number, this is one of those NHL Prop Bets to pull the trigger on with Jay Woodcroft.
NHL Prop Bets - Feeling The St. Louis Blues?
What do we feel about the St. Louis Blues for NHL Prop Bets? Many do not believe in the Blues, but they were that one team which gave Colorado fits in the playoffs last season. Craig Berube has won the Stanley Cup before with the Blues, and if he can guide them close to winning the Central Division, that may be enough to win the Jack Adams Award. At +3500, Berube is worth a second look.