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2017 NHL Awards in Las Vegas: Betting Odds and Picks

Las Vegas, the National Hockey League’s newest city, is preparing for a banner night on Wednesday during which Golden Knights general manager George McPhee will unveil his team’s roster and we’ll find out who hockey writers have picked to take home the NHL’s individual awards for the 2016-17 season.

Bovada has odds up for each award that’s up for grabs and if you’re in the majority of people who would prefer to watch paint dry or grass grow than to take in the NHL awards show – that is objectively awful – you may want to spice things up a bit and partake in some betting action.

Below you’ll find the odds, a brief analysis, and my pick for every award.

Hart Trophy

If you’re in a camp other than the one that thinks Connor McDavid was the best player in the NHL this season, you should leave that camp, it's a bad camp. Now commonly referred to as “McJesus,” Connor dazzled in his first full campaign in the show and he led all scorers with 100 points. He was also the main reason the Oilers got back into the playoffs for the first time since 2006 and a massive part of their playoff run.

Sidney Crosby is the only guy who was arguably as important to his team this year but he missed seven games and NHL writers are eager to put McDavid up on a pedestal similar to the one they thrust No. 87 upon early in his career. I’ll be dumbfounded if the Hart doesn’t go to Captain Connor. Feel free to bet accordingly.

Prediction: Connor McDavid -650.

Odds to win 2017 Hart Trophy

Odds as of June 21 at Bovada

  • Connor McDavid (EDM) -650
  • Sidney Crosby (PIT) +400
  • Sergei Bobrovsky (CLB) +1100

Calder Trophy

Put the house on Auston Matthews, there is zero chance he doesn’t take home rookie of the year honors. Not only did he have a marvelous introductory season for the Maple Leafs – picking up 69 points – he’s a North American playing in a Canadian market.

According to the voters, that’s a far more important factor than performance and Matthews ticks all the boxes.

Prediction: Auston Matthews -3000.

Odds to win 2017 Calder Trophy

Odds as of June 21 at Bovada

  • Auston Matthews (TOR) -3000
  • Patrik Laine (WPG) +600
  • Zach Werenski (CLB) +2000

Jack Adams Trophy

An award that rarely goes to the best actual coach, this year it might. Mike Babcock, who has surprisingly never won a Jack Adams, coached a team led by rookies into the playoffs and although the Leafs were knocked out in the first round, they performed admirably and pushed a Capitals team that many considered the best in the NHL to the brink of elimination.

Babs got a lot out of his players this year and if you’re a subscriber to the theory I proposed in my Calder Trophy analysis, you like the longtime Detroit bench boss for the Jack Adams.

If you look back at years past, you’ll see that the award normally goes to the coach of a team that performed significantly better than it was supposed to and by that criteria, John Tortorella fits the bill perfectly. Either guy could win the award but I think it will be Babcock’s Canadian passport that tips the scale in his favor.

Prediction: Mike Babcock -250

Odds to win 2017 Jack Adams Trophy 

Odds as of June 21 at Bovada

  • Mike Babcock (TOR) -250
  • John Tortorella (CLB) +260
  • Todd McLellan (EDM) +500

Norris Trophy

Erik Karlsson is not only the best defenseman in the NHL, he’s probably one of the best three players in the entire league and although he should win the Norris, he likely won’t. The NHL and its writers have been pumping Brent Burns’ tires all season and at -300, he’s a massive favorite to take the honors.

Doing absolutely everything for his team this year, Karlsson made massive strides as a defenseman and despite sacrificing a lot on the offensive end for the sake of Guy Boucher’s system, he still accumulated 71 points in 77 games.

I’m being a little stubborn with this one but I’m making a stand for No. 65 and I’m putting my money behind him purely on principle.

Prediction: Erik Karlsson +165

Odds to win 2017 Norris Trophy

Odds as of June 21 at Bovada

  • Brent Burns (SJ) -300
  • Erik Karlsson (OTT) +165
  • Victor Hedman (TB) +3300

Selke Trophy

This one’s easy for me. Patrice Bergeron – a three-time winner of the award – is the best two-way player in the NHL and he was one of the lone bright spots for an extremely poor Bruins team this season.

Prediction: Patrice Bergeron -130

Odds to win 2017 Selke Trophy

Odds as of June 21 at Bovada

  • Ryan Kesler (ANA) +130
  • Patrice Bergeron (BOS) -130
  • Mikko Koivu (MIN) +550

Vezina Trophy

Remember when Sidney Crosby won the Conn Smythe instead of Evgeni Malkin? Yeah. Refer to my theory about Canadians winning awards in this league.

Prediction: Braden Holtby +400

Odds to win 2017 Vezina Trophy

Odds as of June 21 at Bovada

  • Sergei Bobrovsky (CLB) -1400
  • Braden Holtby (WSH) +400
  • Carey Price (MTL) +4000

Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

The Lady Byng is the most subjective of all the trophies – in my humble opinion – and because of that, I’m going value here all day long. Mikael Granlund finally had that breakout season we were waiting for and by all accounts, he went about his business in a very gentlemanly fashion.

Prediction: Mikael Granlund +400

Odds to win 2017 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy

Odds as of June 21 at Bovada

  • Johnny Gaudreau (CGY) EVEN
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) EVEN
  • Mikael Granlund (MIN) +400

Archived Articles

The NHL’s version of the Oscars will take place Wednesday in the city that, conveniently enough, will be the host of the newest NHL franchise. Betting odds have been released for the NHL awards and a few players jump off the page as potential value picks.

Braden Holtby is by far the biggest favorite at -3000 to take home the Vezina Trophy for being the league's best goaltender. He isn’t as much of a lock as Carey Price was last year at -10000, but he’s pretty close. At +1500, Jonathan Quick is a laughable candidate for the Vezina, don’t waste your money.

The most value on the board would seem to be Sasha (Aleksander) Barkov, who is +300 to win the Lady Byng. For those who don’t know, the Lady Byng goes to the player who best demonstrated sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct along with a high standard of playing ability. The Panther’s center had a breakout season with 59 points in 66 games and looks like a future superstar.

Another value pick could be Drew Doughty (+155) to undeservedly win the James Norris Trophy for being the leagues best defenseman. Some analysts are saying the LA blue liner may get the award because he has never won it before – even though Erik Karlsson (82 points in 82 games) had by far the best season of any defenseman.

If you are into conspiracies – and why wouldn’t you be? Connor McDavid may be an interesting pick at +270 for the Calder Memorial Trophy. Although he played far fewer games, scored far fewer points and played for a much worse team, McDavid could win the award for best rookie because of his marketability. Number 97 is the future face of the NHL and as such, he could be anointed by the league.

A legitimate argument for McDavid over Panarin is that the Chicago winger’s lofty point total was a product of playing on a line with Patrick Kane, who is -1000 to win the NHL’s MVP award after leading the league in scoring. McDavid was also ridiculously productive when he was healthy, illustrated by his 48 points in 45 games.

Normally, the Jack Adams award for top head coach is given to the coach who made a team do a little better than they were expected to do, not the coach of the best team. The nominees this year are Barry Trotz (-105), Gerard Gallant (-115) and Lindy ruff (+800). The only coach who fits the mold of this trend is Gallant – he (and Jaromir Jagr) took a young Panthers team to the top of the Atlantic division.

Here’s the complete list of odds:

NHL Awards - Odds to win the 2016 Hart Memorial Trophy 
  • Patrick Kane (CHI) -1000
  • Jamie Benn (DAL) +700
  • Sidney Crosby (PIT) +700
NHL Awards - Odds to win the 2016 Vezina Trophy
  • Braden Holtby (WAS) -3000
  • Ben Bishop (TBL) +700
  • Jonathan Quick (LAK) +1500
NHL Awards - Odds to win the 2016 James Norris Trophy
  • Erik Karlsson (OTT) -140
  • Drew Doughty (LAK) +155
  • Brent Burns (SJS) +450
NHL Awards - Odds to win the 2016 Calder Memorial Trophy
  • Artemi Panarin (CHI) -350
  • Connor McDavid (EDM) +270
  • Shayne Gostisbehere (PHI) +800
NHL Awards - Odds to win the 2016 Lady Byng Trophy
  • Anze Kopitar (LA) -210
  • Aleksander Barkov (FLA) +300
  • Loui Erikkson (BOS) +333
NHL Awards - Odds to win the 2016 Frank J. Selke Trophy
  • Patrice Bergeron (BOS) EVEN
  • Anze Kopitar (LAK) -110
  • Ryan Kesler (ANA) +650
NHL Awards - Odds to win the 2016 Jack Adams Award
  • Gerard Gallant (FLA) -115
  • Barry Trotz (WAS) -105
  • Lindy Ruff (DAL) +800

Odds as of June 21 at Bovada

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