Draisaitl Now Co-Favored With McDavid to Win Hart Trophy

  • BetOnline has Connor McDavid (+200) and Leon Draisaitl (+200) as co-favorites for the Hart Trophy
  • The last MVP winner with a teammate in the top-four of voting in the same year was Lemieux in 1995-96
  • Nathan MacKinnon (+300) has 39 more points than his next closest teammate

Did you ever think you would live in a world where Connor McDavid wasn’t even the best player on his own team?

It almost seems beyond the realm of imagination, but here we are. After recording his second five-point night of the season (4G, 1A) against Nashville on Monday, Leon Draisaitl is on pace for 133 points, the most since Mario Lemieux (161) and Jaromir Jagr (149) back in 1995-96.

When we checked in a month ago, the 24-year-old German was somehow not even listed by oddsmakers in the Hart Trophy race despite leading the league in points. Today, he’s a +200 co-favorite for the award along with his Oilers teammate.

Let’s check the latest odds at BetOnline and make our bet for MVP.

2019-20 NHL HART TROPHY ODDS

Player Current Odds Trending Feb. 6, 2020
Connor McDavid +200 +125
Leon Draisaitl +200 N/A
Nathan MacKinnon +300 +150
David Pastrnak +400 +400
Artemi Panarin +800 +3300
Brad Marchand +1000 +800
John Carlson +2500 N/A
Nikita Kucherov +3300 N/A

THE FAVORITES: DRAISAITL AND MCDAVID

Last year, Draisaitl became the first player in six years to score 50 goals and 100 points but didn’t get full credit for his breakout campaign because he shared a line with the great Connor McDavid.

However, the Oilers superstars started anchoring their own lines this December, giving the big German a chance to shine on his own. Draisaitl notched four goals and eight assists in the six games that McDavid missed in January, keeping the Oilers in the thick of the playoff race.

With nine points in his last three games, Draisaitl now has 43 goals and 65 assists in 67 games this season. While he has played six more games than his Oilers teammate, he has 11 more goals and 13 more points with 15 games left on the schedule.

Together accounting for about 50 percent of Edmonton’s offense, Draisaitl and McDavid are co-favorites for the Hart Trophy at +200, but it’s worth mentioning that only four winners have had a teammate in the top-four of voting in the same year, with Lemieux and Jagr being the most recent in 1995-96.

Still, given their franchise has missed the postseason 12 of the past 13 years, voters might be generous with their votes towards both guys if the Oilers surpass Vegas in the Pacific to win their first division championship since 1991-92.

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Nathan MacKinnon’s MVP odds have doubled from +150 to +300 in the past month through no real fault of his own. The 24-year-old has led his team to seven straight wins and sits fifth in NHL scoring at 86 points.

While the Avs center is 22 points back of Draisaitl, he has 39 more points than his next closest teammate, rookie defenseman Cale Makar, and has helped Colorado survive injuries to Mikko Rantanen, Nazem Kadri and Gabriel Landeskog.

Like MacKinnon, Artemi Panarin is doing most of the heavy lifting on his own, shortening his odds from +3300 to +800 since our last check-in. A recent 13-game point streak has catapulted the Rangers’ prized free-agent acquisition into fourth in league scoring with 90 points, but the strength of his candidacy depends on his team making the playoffs.

While New York was making a charge for the postseason with nine wins in 10 games, the club has now lost three straight and sits four points back of the last Wild-Card spot in the East.

Despite leading the race for the Rocket Richard Trophy with 47 goals, David Pastrnak (+400) isn’t in a great position to win the Hart.

The 23-year-old Czech sniper is 16 points back of Draisaitl and plays on a line with Brad Marchand (+1000) and Patrice Bergeron on a loaded Bruins team that’s poised to win the President’s Trophy.

Best Bet: Leon Draisaitl (+200)   

Steve Dominey

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