The Winnipeg Jets have been Canada’s biggest surprise team to this point of the season, but is there value in backing their Stanley Cup odds?
Entering action on January 4, the Jets sit comfortably in the second spot in the Central division with 49 points. After a disappointing season in 2021-22, where they were sellers at the trade deadline, the Jets have found new life under veteran head coach Rick Bowness.
The Jets’ most noticeable difference is stronger defensive play and goaltending, which wasn’t evident last season.
Hellebuyck, Morrissey Leading Jets to Higher Flight Path
The Jets defenseman is gaining steam in his push to capture his first career Norris trophy, while Hellebuyck has continued to be in the hunt for his second Vezina trophy.
What’s crazy about Morrissey’s level of play is that he’s already eclipsed a career-high in points with 43 but has only played 38 games. The Calgary, Alberta, product is showing his true offensive upside and has given the Jets a reliable minute-eating defenseman who can run a power play and contribute at even strength. It’s hardly a coincidence that Morrissey has unlocked this new ceiling under Bowness, who did similar things in his time with Dallas and helped elevate some of their defensemen into stars.
We’ve also seen a much improved Hellebuyck in goal with the new defensive structure. The Winnipeg netminder might not be the front-runner for the Vezina, but he’s undoubtedly in the conversation and has continued to keep the Jets in games on a nightly basis. Through his first 29 starts this season, Hellebuyck has posted a 19-9-1 record with a .928 save percentage. If he can sustain this level of play, Winnipeg will unlikely drop from the top two spots in the Central division.
Do the Jets Have Stanley Cup Value?
Entering action today, the oddsmakers still aren’t giving the Jets the credit they deserve. Winnipeg sits with the 18th-best Stanley Cup odds at +4400 but is tied for the seventh-most points in the league. The difference in their Stanley Cup odds and current standing doesn’t add up, so oddsmakers expect a drop-off for the team. Not so fast. Nikolaj Ehlers is approaching a return to the lineup and is arguably their top offensive threat. Some of the Jets’ forward core has more to give, and even if you expect some regression from Morrissey, this team is much better than their current Stanley Cup odds suggest. As a result, buying into their price is something bettors should feel confident about right now at +4400.
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