The Colorado Avalanche are one of the favorites to win the Stanley Cup in this shortened NHL season, so perhaps it’s not surprising that the man behind their bench is the favorite in odds to win the Jack Adams Award as the league’s coach of the year.
NHL coaches are navigating a very interesting time managing their team during this 56-game season, having to contend with expanded rosters, taxi squads and the absence of players due to COVID-19.
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Online sportsbook Bovada has listed Colorado head coach Jared Bednar as the +800 favorite to win the Jack Adams Award. He’s followed by Jon Cooper, John Tortorella, Bruce Cassidy, Sheldon Keefe and Ralph Krueger, all at +1100 odds, to round out the top choices on the oddsboard.
Cassidy, the head coach of the Boston Bruins, won the award last year.
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Who are the Jack Adams Betting Favorites?
Odds as of February 10 at BetOnline
Jared Bednar is the Jack Adams Betting Favorite
Jared Bednar is the head coach of the Colorado Avalanche, who are currently the co-favorites to win the Stanley Cup along with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Bednar took the Avalanche to the Western Conference semifinals last year and will look to improve on that this season. He is the +800 betting favorite, representing 11.11 percent implied odds to win according to our Sports Betting Calculator.
The Avalanche are currently two points behind the Vegas Golden Knights for the top spot in the West Division.
Best Value Pick: Claude Julien
Claude Julien currently has +1200 odds to win the Jack Adams Trophy, and you should be strongly considering him as an option. The Canadiens lead the league in goals scored per game and they are right on the tails of the Toronto Maple Leafs as the top team in the North Division.
Julien, now in his fourth full season as the head coach of the Canadiens, won the award back in 2009 as the bench boss of the Boston Bruins. If the Canadiens make the playoffs and finish at or near the top of the division, he will be heavily considered as a choice to win the top coaching award.