The season starts tomorrow so I’ve been looking at the individual players on Canadian NHL teams and predicting their point totals against the over/under totals.
This post will look at the players from the 4 Canadian Western Conference teams. Check out the Eastern Conference team post here.
The two sportsbooks do have different totals for some players, so make sure that you bet with the bookie that gives you the most cushion for your bet.
Taylor Hall – Edmonton Oilers
- Over 81.5
- Under 81.5
I do think that Hall is a dominant player that is only going to get better in this league, but betting on him to be over a point per game player while playing an entire season is a lot to ask. He got 80 in 75 games last year and he has struggled with some minor injuries throughout his NHL career.
Jordan Eberle – Edmonton Oilers
- Over 71.5
- Under 71.5
Eberle only had 65 points last season and that was playing a full 80 games. He does have the ability to play point per game hockey, but I think this total is perfect for an 82 game season. Then add in the risk of an injury and I take the under.
Ryan Nugent-Hopkins – Edmonton Oilers
- Over 61.5
- Under 62.5
The Nuge has had some problems with injuries in his career, but he did play 80 games last season and totalled only 56 points. I look at Nugent-Hopkins and think he has to have a bounce back year. He’s the only legitimate centerman on the Oilers team and he will be put in every position to succeed. He gets at least 70 points this season if he plays 80+ games.
Nail Yakupov – Edmonton Oilers
- Over 41.5
- Under 41.5
Yakupov has to have a better season this year and if he gets some chemistry with Leon Draisatl that is very possible. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt in this one because if he doesn’t get hurt and plays all the games he will at least get 40 points just by being given powerplay time and playing top 6 minutes. He has to take a step forward this season.
Mark Giordano – Calgary Flames
- Over 50.5
- Under 54.5
This is the easiest bet on this list. You have to take the under here with Giordano. He scored 47 points in 64 games last season, which equals out to 60 points over an 82 game season. That said there is no way he keeps up those offensive numbers and he also runs the risk of missing games from injury once again.
Sean Monahan – Calgary Flames
- Over 43.5
- Under 43.5
Monahan had a strong rookie season, scoring 34 points in 75 games as an 18 year old. That said I’ve seen many times when Sophomore’s take a step back after their rookie season. Combine in the fact he is still only 19 in a league when young players are still sometimes more susceptible to injury and I have to take the under here.
Jiri Hudler – Calgary Flames
- Over 48.5
- Under 48.5
Hudler never gets the respect he deserves, but he keeps putting up points in the NHL. I expect more of the same this year as he will be put in every opportunity to be the Flames main offensive weapon.
Henrik Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
- Over 65.5
- Under 66.5
I expect a bounce back season from the Sedin’s. Everything was going wrong in Vancouver last season. Sometimes when the team is doing poorly it can spread among the players on the team. The Sedin’s were point per game players just a year earlier and I expect them to get back to that.
Daniel Sedin – Vancouver Canucks
- Over 61.5
- Under 61.5
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Radim Vrbata – Vancouver Canucks
- Over 51.5
- Under 52.5
The Canucks seem intent on getting chemistry between the Sedin’s and Vrbata, which should result in a big year for Radim. Add in that Vrbata was already scoring 51+ points on the Coyotes and you have to take the over here.
Alex Edler – Vancouver Canucks
- Over 39.5
- Under 40.5
Edler is going to have a tough time getting to 40 points before you include the risk of injury. Last year his point total was 29 points prorated over a full season and he has only cracked 40 points twice in his career.
Blake Wheeler – Winnipeg Jets
- Over 62.5
- Under 64.5
I like Wheeler to continue to build on a solid season that saw him get 69 points. He’s become the go-to guy on the Jets and he’s finally starting to pot some of the chances that he has always been able to create with his size and speed.
Bryan Little – Winnipeg Jets
- Over 57.5
- Under 58.0
I actually don’t have Little getting 59 points this season. He got 64 last year while playing a full season, but he has never reached that level before. I expect a bit of regression and when you add in possible injuries the smart money is on under.
Evander Kane – Winnipeg Jets
- Over 48.5
- Under 52.5
The 4th overall pick from 2009 really needs a breakout season. He’s making the big money and he needs to still prove he is worth what is now $6 mill this season. Kane’s prorated stats for last season have him recording 53 points over an 82 game season and the year before that it was 57 points. I think Kane has to have a bounce back season and if he stays healthy there is no doubt he gets 60+ points.
Dustin Byfuglien – Winnipeg Jets
- Over 55.5
- Under 57.5
There is a lot of talk about Byfuglien moving to forward this season, but I actually think that would hurt him offensively. Wherever he plays I don’t expect him to put up big numbers.
Check out the other half of this article (Eastern Conference) by clicking here.