- Bovada‘s NHL Futures favor Connor McDavid (+300) to win his third-career Hart Trophy in 2022
- Maple Leafs star Auston Matthews (+700) led the league with 41 goals last season
- 2019 NHL MVP Nikita Kucherov (+800) paced all players in playoff scoring this year with 32 points
A player hasn’t claimed the Hart Trophy in consecutive seasons since Alex Ovechkin in 2008 and 2009, but Connor McDavid certainly seems poised to accomplish the feat after leading the league in scoring with 105 points in 56 games last year.
The Oilers superstar is the heavy favorite to win his third Hart Trophy in six seasons – which would seem even more impressive if Wayne Gretzky hadn’t won the award a record nine times with eight straight wins.
Let’s take a look at the opening odds to see what players are in the mix for NHL MVP next year and make sure to check out our NHL betting tips page for advice on how to wager on hockey.
2022 Hart Trophy Odds
Can anyone dethrone McDavid?
Last season, Connor McDavid (+300) became only the second unanimous Hart Trophy winner in the 97-year history of the award after finishing 21 points ahead of the field. Given McDavid is just entering his prime at 24-years-old, it’s hard to imagine anyone else being named the league’s most valuable player if he stays healthy.
Just as the Avalanche have been listed as pre-season Stanley Cup favorites every year for the past few campaigns, Nathan MacKinnon (+500) always seems to generate plenty of Hart Trophy buzz. With Gabriel Landeskog expected to leave in free agency, MacKinnon will likely take over the captaincy and shoulder even more responsibility. However, the Nova Scotia native finished a whopping 40 points back of McDavid last year.
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Auston Matthews (+700) won the Rocket Richard Trophy in 2020-21, pacing the NHL with 41 goals in 52 games, but the 23-year-old’s numbers could drop when the Maple Leafs say goodbye to the all-Canadian North Division and re-join the tighter-checking Northeast Division next season.
Fresh off back-to-back Stanley Cups, 2019 Hart winner Nikita Kucherov (+800) is the stronger value. After missing the entire regular season with an injury, the Russian led all players in playoff scoring with 32 points.
Hart Trophy Longshots
With the caveat that anyone winning MVP aside from McDavid is a longshot, we might as well take a few big swings. Leon Draisaitl (+1200) just won the Hart Trophy in 2020 in a season where he scored 13 more points and nine more goals than his Oilers teammate while playing in seven more games. If Connor goes down and the big German keeps the Oilers in the playoff race, history could repeat itself.
Artemi Panarin (+1200) averaged 1.38 points per game last year (third in the NHL behind McDavid and Draisaitl) and only trailed the two Oilers in points the previous season with 95. As long as he stays out of Russian politics next year, the “Bread Man” will be a frontrunner for the award – especially if new head coach Gerard Gallant has the Rangers in playoff position for a change.
Ahead of post-game interviews tonight, here is how Nikita Kucherov showed up to talk to the press after the Tampa Bay Lightning won the Stanley Cup earlier this week. pic.twitter.com/K6Z46lTETs
— Jonathan Hatfull (@JonathanHatfull) July 11, 2021
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