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Draft odds: Which player will Vancouver draft first (As of June 19)

Matthew Boldy: 2.20
Alex Newhook: 4.50
Peyton Krebs: 5.50
Victor Soderstrom: 8.00
Philip Broberg: 8.00
Cole Caufield: 10.00


The NHL Draft goes Friday in Vancouver, which means we are being bombarded with wave after wave of speculation about what the hometown Canucks could do.

Will they make a splash in the trade market? Which player will they take with the 10th overall pick? The anticipation continues to build, with seemingly a plethora of options on the table for general manager Jim Benning.

The betting odds currently favour the Canucks taking Matthew Boldy with their first selection in the opening round on Friday. Those odds were, as of Wednesday morning, 2.20 at PlayNow.com, followed by odds of 4.50 for the Canucks taking Alex Newhook and 5.50 for the Canucks selecting Peyton Krebs.

The book on Boldy is he’s an offensive left winger, with size at 6’2” tall and 188 pounds, and the hands and skill to match. The numbers reflect that. He put up 33 goals and 81 points with the U.S. National U18 Team this past season, and scored three goals and 12 points in seven games with the U.S. U-18 team at the World Under-18 Championship.

The Canucks could always use another scoring winger, especially if they have plans to place that winger alongside Elias Pettersson and Brock Boeser, who formed some nice chemistry this past season.

Boldy is committed to Boston College for next season.

Interestingly, while the odds favour the Canucks taking Boldy with their first pick, there has not been a single bet made on that selection as of Wednesday morning. The largest portion of money wagered on this market is on the Canucks to take Vasili Podkolzin, at 18.94 per cent. Those odds are currently 13.00 at PlayNow.com.

About 16.6 per cent of money wagered is on the Canucks selecting Krebs with their first pick. There were reports last week that Canucks management was flying Krebs in for an additional interview. The versatile forward recently suffered an Achilles injury, which is expected to result in a lengthy recovery, but shouldn’t necessarily impact his draft stock.

Krebs is touted as a strong two-way player, with plenty of dynamic ability in the offensive zone.

Another question for the Canucks, as it pertains to that 10th overall pick: Will they look to move it as part of a trade? Do they look to trade up in the draft order? Do they deal it to a team looking to move up in the order, which could fetch the Canucks additional assets to work with?

The current betting odds for the Canucks to trade the 10th overall pick are 5.00 at PlayNow.com.

Meanwhile, much like the NBA Draft with Zion Williamson, it appears bettors are locked into Jack Hughes – the brother of Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes – going No. 1 overall to the New Jersey Devils.

The odds on the first overall pick being Jack Hughes are currently 1.05 at PlayNow.com, while the odds are 6.00 for Kaapo Kakko going to the Devils first overall.

The New York Rangers have the second overall pick on Friday.

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