2019-20 NHL Art Ross Trophy Odds

  • Bovada has issued new NHL prop bets for the 2019/20 Art Ross Trophy
  • Connor McDavid (+275) and Nikita Kucherov (+275) are co-favorites to lead the league in points
  • Colorado center Nathan MacKinnon (+1100) is a strong bet to win the award

Can Lightning sniper Nikita Kucherov repeat as the NHL’s most prolific scorer or will Oilers’ superstar Connor McDavid claim his third Art Ross Trophy in four years?

Sidney Crosby, a two-time winner of the award (2006-07, 2013-14) and 2015-16 points-leader Patrick Kane are also in contention for the honor with just over two weeks until the start of the regular season.

Using the odds at Bovada, let’s examine who’s most likely to fill the nets and is worth your money on a wager.

NHL 2019-20 ART ROSS TROPHY ODDS

Player (Team) Odds
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) +275
Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) +275
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) +1000
Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) +1100
John Tavares (Toronto Maple Leafs) +1800
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) +1800
Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) +2500
Steven Stamkos (Tampa Bay Lightning) +2500
Brad Marchand (Boston Bruins) +2800
Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) +2800
Alex Barkov (Florida Panthers) +3000
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) +3000
Mikko Rantanen (Colorado Avalanche) +3000
Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils) +3000

NIKITA KUCHEROV

Coming off the league’s most prolific offensive season (128 points) in more than 20 years, Kucherov was quoted saying this recently: “I have to be better than I was last year with points, goals, assists, everything I do.”

So, let’s just say the 25-year-old Russian is motivated to defend his crown. Working in his favor is the fact that he plays on the league’s most talented team, with the league’s No. 1 power play.

Kucherov averaged almost three fewer minutes per game than McDavid in ice time last year, but thanks in large part to star teammates like Brayden Point and Steven Stamkos, Kucherov destroyed his peers in points per 60 minutes (4.69 vs. 3.95 for second place).

CONNOR MCDAVID

Edmonton’s generational talent leads the NHL in points over the past three seasons (324 points in 242 games), narrowly outpacing Kucherov who has 313 in 236 games.

McDavid’s past performance, combined with the fact that he’s still ascending at the young age of 22, would normally make him the favorite for the Art Ross, but he’s coming off a PCL tear last April.

While recent reports indicate he’ll be ready for the Oilers’ season opener, a few missed games or even a sluggish start could compromise his chances to increase his point total for the fourth-consecutive season.

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At just 19 years old, Sidney Crosby became the youngest Art Ross winner in NHL history in 2006-07. Leading the league in points for a third time will be much harder at age 32, but there is historical precedent. Martin St. Louis won the award in 2012-13 at age 37.

Patrick Kane put up a career-high 110 points last year, but he followed his 106-point explosion in 2015/16 with consecutive seasons under the 90-point mark.

Germany’s Leon Draisaitl looks like a great bet at 25/1, but his point totals were in the 70s in the two seasons preceding his 50-goal, 105-point outburst in 2018/19. The 23-year-old could just be getting better, but last year’s 21.6 shooting percentage is unsustainable.

If looking for an alternative to McDavid or Kucherov, 24-year-old Nathan MacKinnon would be my wager. The Avalanche star is coming off two seasons just under the 100-point plateau and plays on one of the top lines in hockey with Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen.

Steve Dominey

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