Now that the 2017-18 season and Stanley Cup playoffs are officially in the books, it's time to move forward. 

Even though the 2018 NHL Draft is only June 22nd and free agency isn't until July 1st, it's still time to take an early gamble on the 2018-19 Stanley Cup Champions. 

Bovado released their first set off odds for the 2018-19 Stanley Cup Champs and the Chicago Blackhawks were surprising given some respect. . 

Despite missing the playoffs this past season, getting swept the year before and not much cap space to make any significant changes, the Hawks were ranked in the top half of the league odds. wise.

The Hawks were given 22/1 odds to win the 2018-19 Stanley Cup the same odds given to the Anaheim Ducks, the ranking put them ahead of the Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild and San Jose Sharks who were all given 30/1 odds and did better than the Hawks last season.

The Tampa Bay Lightning top the list with 9/1 odds. 

Sitting in the basement are the Ottawa Senators at 100/1 with the Arizona Coyotes and Vancouver Canucks not too far behind at 80/1. 

Check out the full list below:

Source: Bovada