2022 NHL Hart Trophy Picks and Predictions

  • BetOnline favors Connor McDavid (+225) to win his third Hart Memorial Trophy in the past six seasons
  • Alex Ovechkin (+350) is seeking his fourth NHL MVP award and his first one since 2013
  • Auston Matthews (+775) and Johnny Gaudreau (+3500) have the Leafs and Flames in contention to win their respective divisions

While Connor McDavid is widely regarded as the best hockey player in the world, there is no way he should be a +225 favorite to claim his third-career Hart Trophy.

With his teammate Leon Draisaitl outpacing him in goals and points and the Oilers currently outside of playoff position, there are far better bets on the board.

Before we check out the latest NHL MVP betting odds and make our picks, here’s where you can find the top betting sites for NHL hockey in 2022 and smart wagering tips in our 2022 Stanley Cup betting guide.

2022 Hart Trophy

Connor McDavid+225
Alex Ovechkin+350
Jonathan Huberdeau+550
Leon Draisaitl+700
Auston Matthews+775
Kirill Kaprizov+1600
Igor Shesterkin+1800
Nazem Kadri+2000
Nathan MacKinnon+2200
Mikko Rantanen+2500
Alexander Barkov+3300
Andrei Vasilevskiy+3300
Johnny Gaudreau+3300
Artemi Panarin+4000
Brad Marchand+4000

Two Stars on One Bad Team

Connor McDavid (+225) is averaging 1.43 points-per-game through 45 contests. Undoubtedly impressive, but a far cry from his 1.88 ppg average from last year’s MVP season. The 25-year-old’s two Hart Trophies also corresponded with his only two postseason appearances, so interim coach Jay Woodcroft will need to get Edmonton back in playoff position for McDavid even to be considered.

There’s also the Leon Draisaitl (+700) factor. The big German had nine more goals than his Canadian teammate heading into Tuesday’s action, along with one more point. While the Oilers’ poor performance also makes Draisaitl a longshot to win the award, at least he’s priced like one.

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Three-time Hart winner Alex Ovechkin (+350) is currently fifth in league scoring with 60 points, and his 29 goals put him just four back in the Rocket Richard race. The 36-year-old has carried his team through injuries and shaky goaltending, but his candidacy could continue to fade if his Capitals (6-9-2 in 2022) don’t get out of their recent funk.

Meanwhile, Jonathan Huberdeau (+550) is enjoying the best season of his career, with a 1.36 points-per-game average and a league-leading 47 assists. Team success is central to the 28-year-old’s MVP candidacy as the Panthers are currently holding down the top spot in the East.

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Auston Matthews (+775) is available at even better odds at some sportsbooks so be sure to shop around. The 2021 Rocket Richard Trophy winner’s 32 snipes have him just one behind Draisaitl and Chris Kreider for the league lead, but more importantly, he’s drawing praise for his two-way play this season.

The Maple Leafs sit only four points back of the Panthers in the Atlantic with a game in hand. If Toronto claims the division (and even perhaps the Eastern Conference) and Matthews leads the NHL in goal scoring once again, it’s hard to see anyone else taking home the Hart.

Johnny Gaudreau (+3300) also makes for an intriguing longshot. Available at 75-1 at some books, “Johnny Hockey” is sixth in the league in points (58) and his Flames are trending towards a Pacific Division title, just one point back of the Golden Knights with three games in hand.

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