Last Updated Apr 06, 2022, 1:10 PM

Hart Trophy Odds Show Tight Race

Edmonton has back-to-back Hart Trophy winners in Leon Draisaitl and Connor McDavid. Draisaitl and McDavid are among the favorites to be named the NHL’s MVP once again this season, but they have been surpassed by Auston Matthews and Igor Shesterkin for the honor since last week. Matthews is likely to win the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s leading goal scorer, and Toronto is five points behind Florida and Carolina for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

2022 NHL Hart Trophy Betting Odds

  • Auston Matthews (Toronto) +150
  • Igor Shesterkin (NY Rangers) +300
  • Connor McDavid (Edmonton) +400
  • Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton) +1000
  • Alex Ovechkin (Washington) +1000
  • Cale Makar (Colorado) +2000
  • Jonathan Huberdeau (Florida) +2000
  • Kirill Kaprizov (Minnesota) +3500
  • All Other Players +4000 or More

Odds Provided by DraftKings - Subject to Change

A Toronto player hasn’t won the Hart Trophy since Ted Kennedy claimed the award all the way back in 1955. Auston Matthews is out to change that though, as his 43 goals are five more than the next leading goal scorer in the NHL. His odds have dropped significantly given his play over the last week as he scored two goals against Vancouver on Saturday, notched a goal and an assist against Columbus on Monday, and netted a hat trick against Seattle on Tuesday.

Only two goaltenders have won the Hart Trophy in the last two decades, and they both played for the Montreal Canadiens. Jose Theodore was named MVP in 2002, and Carey Price picked up the award in 2015. That doesn’t bode well for Igor Shesterkin’s chances although he has played great this season. It’s tough to back a goaltender at this price no matter how well he is playing though.

We haven’t seen NHL voters split their votes between Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in the past, so both Edmonton players are still in the hunt for the award. However, the Oilers need to at least make the playoffs at this point given the team’s lack of success despite having arguably the two best offensive players in the league.

Of the two players with odds of 20-1 to win the Hart Trophy, only Cale Makar is worth a bet. Makar won the Calder Trophy two years ago, and he is already the best two-way defensemen in the NHL. His play is a big reason why Colorado is in line to win the Presidents’ Trophy as the best team in the league.

Jonathan Huberdeau is receiving some Hart Trophy buzz, but he is not going to win the award. His advanced numbers aren’t that great, as Dom Luszczyszyn of The Athletic pointed out earlier today.

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