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Conn Smythe Odds: Rinne Back in the Discussion

Helping his team get back into the Stanley Cup final series with sparkling performances in Games 3 and 4, Pekka Rinne has thrust himself back into the Conn Smythe conversation and earned himself the moniker “Yellow Tarzan” as coined by the enthusiastic Finnish commentator Antti Makinen.

Rinne stopped 48 of the Penguins’ 50 shots during the Preds’ homestand and reclaimed his throne atop the odds to win the NHL’s playoff MVP trophy over at William Hill. Many people, myself included, had written Pekka off after his atrocious showing in Game 2 and were calling for Juuse Saros but Rinne’s sprawling efforts to rob Jake Guentzel and lock down the Game 4 win brought an end to that narrative.

That, however, can all change very quickly and if he reverts back to the bad version of himself that allowed eight goals on just 36 shots in the first two games, the Preds could be cooked.

Behind Rinne in Conn Smythe futures we have Evgeni Malkin (+350), Guentzel (+500), Sidney Crosby (+500), Filip Forsberg (+900) and Matt Murray (+1800) all still in contention for the hardware.

Of those guys, Crosby makes the most interesting case for reasons I cited in my last entry on this page. Sid scored a meaningless goal in Game 4 – his first in 12 Stanley Cup final games – but brought his point total to 22 with the effort and if the Pens end up lifting the Cup once again, it’s tough to see the NHL not gifting him the trophy.

All that said, this series is basically back to square one, now a best-of-three, and there’s still time for an unlikely hero to establish himself.

2017 NHL Conn Smythe Trophy Odds

Odds as of June 7 at William Hill

  • Pekka Rinne +250
  • Evgeni Malkin +350
  • Jake Guentzel +500
  • Sidney Crosby +500
  • Filip Forsberg +900
  • Matt Murray +1800
  • Roman Josi +1800
  • Ryan Ellis +1800
  • P.K. Subban +2500
  • Phil Kessel +2800
  • Viktor Arvidsson +3300

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With a 2-0 lead over the Predators in the Stanley Cup final, the playoff’s four leading scorers, and a starting goalie who’s posted a save percentage of .943 over seven games, the chances are high that someone wearing a Penguins jersey will take home the Conn Smythe Trophy when all is said and done.

Online sportsbook William Hill agrees with that analysis and has given the top four spots on its Conn Smythe futures board to Evgeni Malkin (+150), Jake Guentzel (+400), Matt Murray (+550) and Sidney Crosby (+650).

While I agree with the men the shop has chosen to populate its top four, I disagree vehemently with the order of the list. Malkin very much deserves to lead the charge with his four-point cushion in the postseason scoring race but beyond the Ruski, there are some really questionable lines.

The one that jumped right off the page and nearly smacked my glasses off was +650 for Crosby. Sid the Kid has played like a MAN this postseason, nutting up through what had to have been a worse concussion than he let on and surpassing his 19-point total from last year’s Conn Smythe campaign with 22 thus far.

I know he hasn’t bent the twine yet in the Cup final but that didn’t stop him from taking home the honors last year. The Penguins captain has now scored just one goal in his last 18 Stanley Cup final games but he contributes in so many other ways – this is by far the best value on the board.

Mario Lemieux was the last man to win consecutive Conn Smythe trophies and I think the NHL might just give it to Sid for the content it can create around the two Penguins' parallels.

No other professional league in North America likes to crown its golden boys as much as the NHL does and I would be shocked if they gave it to anyone else, barring a series-clinching performance from one of the other three top contenders.

2017 NHL Conn Smythe Trophy Odds

Odds as of June 1 at William Hill

  • Evgeni Malkin +150
  • Jake Guentzel +400
  • Matt Murray +550
  • Sidney Crosby +650
  • Pekka Rinne +1200
  • P.K. Subban +1600
  • Phil Kessel +1800
  • Chris Kunitz +2000
  • Filip Forsberg +2000
  • Justin Schultz +3300
  • Roman Josi +3300
  • Ryan Ellis +4000
  • Viktor Arvidsson +4000

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If you’re a fan of milk-based analogies, then you’re in luck – the cream has risen to the top in the NHL playoffs and we’re now down to just two teams. Nashville and Pittsburgh are set to duke it out in the Stanley Cup final and in the mind of this writer, there are just five names left in the Conn Smythe race.

Sportsbooks like Bovada (where I got these lines) tend to rip odds for this down suddenly and without warning so if you’re thinking of betting on who will be named the MVP of Lord Stanley’s playoffs, you should probably do it quickly so you’re not left crying over spilled milk.

Predators’ Candidates

Pekka Rinne +225: As the favorite to lift the trophy, this is hardly a surprise. With a .941 save percentage through 16 playoff games, Rinne is enjoying the best stretch of his career and if the trophy went to anyone else on Nashville right now, it would be robbery. It’s a definite argument that Rinne’s play has been greatly aided by the blue-liners playing in front of him but it would be impossible to pick one of them right now as their success has been very much by committee.

That said, plenty can change over the course of the next seven or fewer games and if one of P.K. Subban, Roman Josi, Mattias Ekholm or Ryan Ellis steps up and separates himself from a very tight pack, a d-man could win the Conn Smythe for the third time in the last 15 years.

Additionally, a goalie hasn’t been named MVP of the playoffs in five seasons so it kind of feels like a netminder is due for a win.

Filip Forsberg +1000: Riding a seven-game point streak heading into Game 1 of the final, Filip Forsberg can cement himself as a superstar in the league if he can help propel the Preds to a Stanley Cup win. Nashville’s goals have come from a wide range of sources this postseason but Forsberg has been a staple. He has 15 points and eight goals in 16 playoff games and will be relied upon heavily for offense with Ryan Johansen out of the lineup.

The Swedish sniper, who’s now had two straight seasons of 30-plus goals, is probably offering the best value of any Pred on the board at 10/1.

Penguins' Candidates

Sidney Crosby +250: This is pretty much a no-brainer. Sid has already eclipsed his 19-point total from last year’s Conn Smythe campaign with his 20 points in 18 games this postseason and he’s had to overcome yet another concussion to get there. We all know how much the NHL likes to crown its golden boys so it’s not a stretch to think they’ll award Sid his second straight Conn Smythe (making him the third player to ever do so) if the Pens win – even if he once again disappears in the final.

No. 87 has scored just one goal in his last 16 Stanley Cup final games and with P.K. Subban/Mattias Ekholm set to shadow him all series, it’s tough to see him making a huge impact. If he does, however, the trophy is his.

Evgeni Malkin +350: Probably the most deserving of the Conn Smythe right now, Evgeni Malkin probably won’t win it. He leads almost every offensive category this postseason and he’s scored some massive, momentum-changing goals in the Pens’ run. If it weren’t for him stepping up when Crosby went down concussed, it’s likely that the Capitals would be here instead of Pittsburgh.

So, why won’t he win it? The Russian pivot etched his name on the trophy in 2009, a year after Henrik Zetterberg did the same. Before and since those two took the honors in consecutive years, just one player born outside of North America has been awarded the Conn Smythe (Nicklas Lidstrom).

I gave Forsberg the benefit of the doubt because of his value but if he wants to take this trophy, he’ll need to have a massive series (as will Malkin).

Matt Murray +900: If karma has any weight in this discussion, Murray has a good chance to take the honors this year. Filling in as the starter for a down-and-out Marc-Andre Fleury during Pittsburgh’s champagne run last season, Murray posted a .923 save percentage and his team won 15 of the 21 games he started. Without him, it’s possible that the Pens don’t win at all and it was a head-scratcher when he wasn’t named the postseason’s MVP.

This year’s plot has played out in a similar way and with his .946 save percentage in five appearances in the Eastern Conference final, Murray bailed out a floundering team and elevated them to their current pedestal.

Maybe now that Murray has a full season under his belt, he’ll be considered for the award. If I know the NHL, though, he will not be. Sad.

Bonus: Chris Kunitz +3300. This is with the caveat that he scores in overtime of the Stanley Cup clincher. Bet at your own risk.

2017 NHL Conn Smythe Trophy Odds

Odds as of May 29 at Bovada

  • Pekka Rinne +225
  • Sidney Crosby +250
  • Evgeni Malkin +350
  • Matt Murray +900
  • Filip Forsberg +1000
  • Phil Kessel +1000
  • P.K. Subban +1600
  • Roman Josi +2500
  • Ryan Ellis +3300
  • Viktor Arvidsson +3300
  • Jake Guentzel +3300
  • Chris Kunitz +3300
  • Any Other Player +1000

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With the NHL playoff field once again halved, so has the pool of players that could potentially win the coveted Conn Smythe Trophy. A few players have separated themselves from the pack after excellent second rounds and that’s been reflected in the most recent odds update. This prop won’t last long so get your bets in while you still can.

So, who are the top contenders from each remaining team?

Erik Karlsson +650: Opening the playoffs with +7500 odds to win the Conn Smythe at Bovada, bookmakers were not giving Karlsson or his team any respect. What he’s done since then is lead his team to the Eastern Conference final by being the best player on the ice in both of the Senators’ first two series wins. He has 13 points in 12 games played and he has Corsi-for-percentage of 57.14.

Despite playing on one good ankle, the Swede has produced several game-winning plays and he continues to block pucks with no regard for his own health. If the Sens are going to get by the Penguins, Karlsson will have to be a big part of that.

Marc-Andre Fleury +550: This is just a great story. With Matt Murray taking the reins during the Penguins’ Cup run in 2016, Fleury became a forgotten piece of this team and he started just 34 games in the regular season. Well, after Murray hurt himself prior to puck drop in the Pens’ first postseason game, Fleury was forced to step in and not only did he win that start, he’s gone on to start every playoff game for Pittsburgh and post an 8-4 record with a .927 save percentage in the process.

Fleury was critical in the Pens’ series win over the Capitals – shutting them out in Game 7 – and it’s likely that even if Murray does get fully healthy, the starting gig is now the Flower’s to lose.

Pekka Rinne +500: Although there’s a lot behind his glowing numbers, Pekka Rinne has been nearly unbeatable this postseason. He has a .955 five-on-five save percentage and he’s yet to allow a goal on a low-danger shot attempt in 10 games. His massive success during the Preds’ current run is a product of how well his blue-liners are playing in front of him but because the Conn Smythe Trophy can’t go to a group of players, Rinne is the best candidate for this award if Nashville can continue its trot to the top.

Ryan Getzlaf +500: It’s easy to understate how important this man has been to the Ducks because if it weren’t for Getz, it’s possible that the Oilers could have swept them after winning the first two games in Anaheim. What he did, however, was lead the Quackers to three straight wins, collecting eight total points for his efforts. He also was instrumental in their comeback from a 3-0 deficit on home ice in Game 5, scoring the first goal and assisting on Corey Perry’s game-winner in double overtime.

Getzlaf will continue to be the crank that turns the engine for the Quack Attack and at this point is the best candidate from his team to take home the Conn Smythe.

Here are the rest of the Conn Smythe candidates from Bovada:

2017 NHL Conn Smythe Trophy Odds

Odds as of May 12 at Bovada

  • Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) +500
  • Pekka Rinne (NSH) +500
  • Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) +550
  • Evgeni Malkin (PIT) +600
  • Erik Karlsson (OTT) +650
  • Sidney Crosby (PIT) +750
  • John Gibson (ANA) +1400
  • Roman Josi (NSH) +2000
  • Ryan Ellis (NSH) +2000
  • Jake Guentzel (PIT) +2000
  • PK Subban (NSH) +2500
  • Jakob Silfverberg (ANA) +2500
  • Ryan Johansen (NSH) +2500
  • Craig Anderson (OTT) +2500
  • Phil Kessel (PIT) +3000
  • Corey Perry (ANA) +3000
  • Rickard Rakell (ANA) +3000
  • Mark Stone (OTT) +5000
  • Mike Hoffman (OTT) +5000
  • Kyle Turris (OTT) +5000

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Before the playoffs began, I made four Conn Smythe picks: Carey Price, T.J. Oshie, Vladimir Tarasenko and Ryan Kesler, one from each team I had in the conference finals in my bracket. Three of those men are still alive in Lord Stanley’s tournament but their odds to win the postseason’s MVP trophy have all been drastically reduced.

Recap of pre-playoff picks

The biggest of such reductions was applied to Tarasenko of the Blues. He opened the playoffs as a 75/1 long shot to win the award but after he and Jake Allen helped their team breeze past the Wild, he’s now +2500 at Bovada to lift the coveted trophy when the champagne bottles are popped. The Russian sniper recorded just three points in the Blues’ first-round five-game victory over the Wild but he fired 21 shots on net and was the Notes’ most dangerous skater all series. Expect him to have a big series as he and Filip Forsberg go head-to-head as the two most talented forwards in the Blues-Preds matchup.

T.J. Oshie began the postseason at +4000 to win the Conn Smythe but after seven points and three goals in the first round, his value has been halved. Oshie could have a field day against Marc-Andre Fleury and a limited Pens blue line and as his 10 points in just four games vs Pittsburgh in the regular season proves, he could easily double that output in this best-of-seven.

My other remaining player is Ryan Kesler and he’s about to prove his worth to the hockey world. The Ducks pivot will be given the undesirable task of shadowing Connor McDavid and if he keeps the 20-year-old superstar in check, Anaheim has a great shot to move on to the Western Conference finals. Kesler was one of the Ducks' most important players all season and with his line barely moving from +6000 to +5000, he’s still a solid pick.

Breakout Performers

Jake Allen +1800: If it weren’t for Jake “the Snake” Allen, it’s possible that the Blues wouldn’t have even made it to the second round. He was phenomenal against the Wild and will have to continue to be if the Notes have a shot against the offensively gifted Predators.

Pekka Rinne +1600: Similar to Allen, Rinne was crucial to the Preds’ first-round dominance over a team they weren’t expected to beat. My fear, however, is that a major collapse from the 34-year-old is coming and this is not a pick I can endorse.

Evgeni Malkin +1600: With 11 points in just five games against the Blue Jackets, Evgeni Malkin leads the field in postseason scoring and he’ll have to have another massive series if the Penguins are going to beat the Capitals in the playoffs for the seventh consecutive time. He’s off to a great start but I’m expecting the Pens to get knocked out this round.

Erik Karlsson +3500: If the Senators make a run to the Stanley Cup, beating either the Penguins or Capitals on their way there, it will be because of the efforts of this man. The Swedish blue-liner was arguably the most impactful player of any series in the first round, collecting six assists, and he did it on a busted foot. That kind of gutsy effort is what this award was built on and the Sens’ captain is getting great value at 35/1.

Steady Eddy

Braden Holtby +1100: It’s no surprise that Braden Holtby still paces the field in odds to eventually win the Conn Smythe Trophy. The Caps are once again favored to hoist the Cup after surviving a scare against the Maple Leafs and Holtby was a big part of that. He posted a .925 save percentage in the first round but really tightened up in Washington’s last two wins, allowing just two total goals on 61 shots.

Here’s a look at the complete list of odds for the 2017 Conn Smythe Trophy:

2017 NHL Conn Smythe Trophy Odds

Odds as of April 25 at Bovada

  • Braden Holtby (WAS) +1100
  • Sidney Crosby (PIT) +1400
  • Connor McDavid (EDM) +1500
  • Evgeni Malkin (PIT) +1600
  • John Gibson (ANA) +1600
  • Pekka Rinne (NAS) +1600
  • Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) +1800
  • Alex Ovechkin (WAS) +1800
  • Cam Talbot (EDM) +1800
  • Jake Allen (STL) +1800
  • Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) +1800
  • Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) +2000
  • T.J. Oshie (WAS) +2200
  • Justin Williams (WAS) +2200
  • Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT) +2500
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) +2500
  • Phil Kessel (PIT) +3000
  • Corey Perry (ANA) +3000
  • Rickard Rakell (ANA) +3500
  • Leon Draisaitl (EDM) +3500
  • Ryan Johansen (NAS) +3500
  • Bobby Ryan (OTT) +3500
  • Erik Karlsson (OTT) +3500
  • Craig Anderson (OTT) +3500
  • Filip Forsberg (NAS) +4000
  • Mats Zuccarello (NYR) +4000
  • Ryan Kesler (ANA) +5000
  • Milan Lucic (EDM) +5000
  • Jordan Eberle (EDM) +5000
  • Alexander Steen (STL) +5000
  • Vladimir Sobotka (STL) +5000
  • Viktor Arvidsson (NAS) +5000
  • Mika Zibanejad (NYR) +5000
  • Rick Nash (NYR) +5000
  • Derek Stepan (NYR) +5000
  • Derick Brassard (OTT) +5000
  • Jaden Schwartz (STL) +5000
  • Bryan Rust (PIT) +6000
  • Roman Josi (NAS) +6000
  • Mike Hoffman (OTT) +6000

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The 2017 NHL playoffs are upon us and so is all the wild speculation of who will raise the Stanley Cup at the end of it all and who will lead his team to the pinnacle of that oh so hard to climb mountain and be given the coveted Conn Smythe Trophy. For those new to the NHL playoffs, the Conn Smythe is awarded to the player deemed most valuable to his team during the playoffs and is almost always given to a player on the winning team.

Bovada has odds up for Conn Smythe futures for your betting pleasure and I’ve picked some of my favorite wagers as we get set for puck drop on Lord Stanley’s playoffs.

One of the most important things to consider when placing a Conn Smythe futures bet is what team you think is going to win the Stanley Cup. A player from the winning team has taken home the MVP hardware 12 straight years and in 18 of the last 20 playoffs. That being the case, all my picks will come from teams I have in the conference finals of my bracket.

Carey Price +2800

The Montreal Canadiens are Carey Price’s team. They will go as far, this postseason, as No. 31 allows them to. Carey had a lull in the middle of the season during the final days of Michel Therrien’s stewardship over the Habs but since Claude Julien took over, he’s been lights out.

If the Habs’ No. 1 netminder can get in the zone, like he was during the 2014-15 playoffs before Chris Kreider took him out, Montreal’s ceiling is incredibly high. If Montreal gets to the Stanley Cup finals, it’s because of this man.

T.J. Oshie +4000

There’s always a guy who steps up offensively in the playoffs and contributes in a way he wasn’t expected to – T.J. Oshie is my favorite candidate to be that guy. He had 56 points in 68 games this season and while that’s pretty good, he can do better playing on a line with Alex Ovechkin and Nicklas Backstrom.

In last year’s postseason run, when Oshie was in his first year with Washington, he scored six goals (one more than Ovi) and contributed four assists in 12 games. 

If the Capitals are going to go deep this year, they’ll need their secondary scorers to fill the gaps when the Great 8 isn’t lighting the lamp and I think Oshie fills that role. 

Ryan Kesler +6000

Ryan Kesler is coming off a regular season that saw him compile 58 points in 82 games but it was his prowess as a two-way centerman where he really shone. In his third season with the Ducks, Kesler won over 1,000 faceoffs for the first time in his career and led a penalty kill that operated at an 86.8 percent efficiency. 

During the Canucks’ run to the Cup final in 2011, Kesler had 19 points in 25 games and two years ago, when the Ducks made it to the Western Conference finals, he compiled 13 points in 16 games. This is a man who excels in the playoffs and after having one of his best ever overall campaigns, I expect him to dominate this postseason.

Vladimir Tarasenko +7500

The Blues are my long-shot pick to win the Stanley Cup and if that’s going to happen, Vladimir Tarasenko needs to take over. He flies under the radar a little playing in St. Louis but make no mistake, Tara is a bona fide superstar and he’s capable of putting up 30+ points if the Blues make a run.

Vlad-dad finished tied for third in the NHL goal-scoring race this season with 39 and he added 36 assists to bring his point total to 75. The Blues aren’t the deepest scoring team in the league so they’ll lean heavily on the Russian sniper for offense like they did in their 20-game postseason campaign last season when Tarasenko bent the twine nine times.

Here’s a look at the complete list of odds for the 2017 Conn Smythe Trophy:

2017 NHL Conn Smythe Trophy Odds

Odds as of April 12 at Bovada

  • Braden Holtby (WAS) +1000
  • Corey Crawford (CHI) +1200
  • Patrick Kane (CHI) +1500
  • Alex Ovechkin (WAS) +1800
  • Devan Dubnyk (MIN) +2000
  • Sergei Bobrovsky (CLB) +2200
  • Jonathan Toews (CHI) +2000
  • Sidney Crosby (PIT) +2000
  • Connor McDavid (EDM) +2000
  • Artemi Panarin (CHI) +2500
  • Nicklas Backstrom (WAS) +2500
  • Matt Murray (PIT) +2500
  • Zach Parise (MIN) +2500
  • Carey Price (MON) +2800
  • Henrik Lundqvist (NYR) +2800
  • Evgeni Malkin (PIT) +3000
  • Phil Kessel (PIT) +3500
  • Martin Jones (SJ) +3500
  • T.J. Oshie (WAS) +4000
  • Mikael Granlund (MIN) +4000
  • Eric Staal (MIN) +4000
  • Cam Atkinson (CLB) +4000
  • Brent Burns (SJ) +4000
  • John Gibson (ANA) +4000
  • Ryan Getzlaf (ANA) +4000
  • Cam Talbot (EDM) +4000
  • Nick Foligno (CLB) +5000
  • Max Pacioretty (MON) +5000
  • Alex Galchenyuk (MON) +5000
  • Rick Nash (NYR) +5000
  • Corey Perry (ANA) +5000
  • Pekka Rinne (NAS) +5000
  • Auston Matthews (TOR) +5000
  • Tuukka Rask (BOS) +5000
  • Craig Anderson (OTT) +5000
  • Brandon Saad (CLB) +6000
  • Mats Zuccarello (NYR) +6000
  • Joe Pavelski (SJ) +6000
  • Logan Couture (SJ) +6000
  • Ryan Kesler (ANA) +6000
  • Brian Elliott (CAL) +6000
  • Johnny Gaudreau (CAL) +6000
  • Alexander Radulov (MON) +7500
  • Derek Stepan (NYR) +7500
  • Leon Draisaitl (EDM) +7500
  • Jordan Eberle (EDM) +7500
  • Sean Monahan (CAL) +7500
  • Matthew Tkachuk (CAL) +7500
  • Viktor Arvidsson (NAS) +7500
  • Ryan Johansen (NAS) +7500
  • Filip Forsberg (NAS) +7500
  • William Nylander (TOR) +7500
  • Mitch Marner (TOR) +7500
  • Frederik Andersen (TOR) +7500
  • Brad Marchand (BOS) +7500
  • David Pastrnak (BOS) +7500
  • Patrice Bergeron (BOS) +7500
  • Erik Karlsson (OTT) +7500
  • Mike Hoffman (OTT) +7500
  • Mark Stone (OTT) +7500
  • Jake Allen (STL) +7500
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) +7500
  • Jaden Schwartz (STL) +7500
  • Paul Stastny (STL) +7500

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The puck is set to drop on the 2016 Stanley Cup Final as the Pittsburgh Penguins host the San Jose Sharks in Game 1 Monday night. You probably have your futures bet in and your Game 1 wagers down as well, but if you are looking for some more puck action before the season ends, consider the postseason MVP.

San Jose Sharks captain Joe Pavelski is the front-runner to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the NHL Playoffs MVP at online shop Bovada, coming in at +250. Pavelski leads all scorers in the playoffs with 13 goals and is second behind teammate Logan Couture (+750) in points with 22.

Phil Kessel tops the candidates from the Penguins at +550 entering the series opener Monday night. Kessel enters Game 1 as the Pens’ leader in points (18) and goals (nine).

Right on his heels on the oddsboard is teammate Matt Murray, who has been a revelation in the crease and has been integral in the Pens getting this far. Murray, who boasts a goals-against-average of 2.22 and a save percentage of .924, is presesntly being offered at +600 to win the postseason MVP.

Here’s a look at the complete list of odds for the 2016 Conn Smythe Trophy:

2016 NHL Conn Smythe Trophy Odds

Odds as of May 30 at Bovada

  • Joe Pavelski (SJ)+250
  • Phil Kessel (PIT)+550
  • Matt Murray (PIT)+600
  • Sidney Crosby (PIT)+600
  • Logan Couture (SJ)+750
  • Martin Jones (SJ)+900
  • Brent Burns (SJ)+900
  • Joe Thornton (SJ)+900
  • Evgeni Malkin (PIT)+900
  • Kris Letang (PIT)+1400

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We are now entering the conference final round of the NHL postseason so the futures board for the Conn Smythe Trophy winner (the playoff MVP) has really thinned out.

Entering the playoffs, Washington Capitals netminder Braden Holtby was the favorite to win the award at +850 but, now that the Caps have been eliminated, that has obviously changed.

The new favorite is Pens captain Sidney Crosby, who entered the postseason at +1600 and has moved to +450 ahead of the Eastern Conference Final clash with the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Crosby has recorded just three goals and seven assists in 11 postseason games thus far and is nowhere near the top of the points leaders list. In fact, he isn’t even at the top of the points list on his own team. That honor belongs to Phil Kessel, who has five goals and seven assists and is currently +950 to win the award.

A pair of Blues follow Crosby on the odds board as winger Vladimir Tarasenko and goaltender Brian Elliott come in at +700.

Tarasenko has registered seven goals and six assists for 13 points through 14 games so far while Elliott has really been the backbone to the Blues’ success during their Cup run. The 31-year-old carries a 2.29 goals against average and .929 save percentage into the Blues’ Western Conference finals meeting with the San Jose Sharks.

If you believe in the Sharks, Logan Couture will be integral to the team winning the Cup and he can currently be had at +950 on the futures board. Couture leads the playoffs in scoring with seven goals and 10 assists through San Jose’s first 12 games.

Here’s a look at the complete list of odds for the 2016 Conn Smyth Trophy:

2016 NHL Conn Smythe Trophy Odds

Odds as of May 13 at Bovada

  • Sidney Crosby (PIT) +450
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (STL) +700
  • Brian Elliott (STL)+700
  • Ben Bishop (TB) +850
  • Phil Kessel (PIT) +950
  • Logan Couture (SJ) +950
  • Evgeni Malkin (PIT) +1000
  • Matt Murray (PIT) +1100
  • Joe Pavelski (SJ) +1100
  • Nikita Kucherov (TB) +1200
  • Kevin Shattenkirk (STL) +1400
  • Martin Jones (SJ) +1600
  • Tyler Johnson (TB) +1600
  • Kris Letang (PIT) +2000
  • Robby Fabbri (STL) +2000
  • David Backes (STL) +2000
  • Brent Burns (SJ) +2000
  • Jonathan Drouin (TB) +3500
  • Joe Thornton (SJ) +5000
  • Victor Hedman (TB) +5000

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The Stanley Cup Playoffs yield a different brand of hockey than we have been used to seeing in the long, grueling regular season. The skating is faster, the checks are harder and the goals are bigger as teams take things up a notch in the postseason.

When the playoffs end, not only will Lord Stanley’s mug be presented to the victors, but the Conn Smythe Trophy will also be given out to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during their run.

Online shop Bovada has introduced odds on who will win the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs and it is Washington Capitals netminder Braden Holtby that is tabbed as the fave (+850) going in.

The Caps won the Presidents’ Trophy as they went on to the most points in the league (120) and Holtby was a massive part of the team's success. That doesn’t necessarily translate to playoff success, however. Of the 29 seasons which the Presidents’ Trophy has been awarded, only eight teams that won the Presidents' Trophy have gone on to win the Stanley Cup. It has happened just once in the past seven seasons with the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Cup and Patrick Kane winning the Conn Smythe back in 2012-13.

Here is a look at everyone on the board at Bovada on the eve of the first postseason games.

2016 NHL Conn Smythe Trophy

Odds as of April 12 at Bovada

  • Braden Holtby (WAS)+850
  • Jonathan Quick (LA)+1500
  • Patrick Kane (CHI)+1500
  • Sidney Crosby (PIT)+1600
  • Alex Ovechkin (WAS)+1800
  • Jamie Benn (DAL)+2000
  • Corey Crawford (CHI)+2000
  • Frederik Andersen or John Gibson (ANA)+2200
  • Ryan Getzlaf (ANA)+2200
  • Antti Niemi or Kari Lehtonen (DAL)+2200
  • Marc-Andre Fleury (PIT)+2500
  • Anze Kopitar (LA)+2500
  • Corey Perry (ANA)+2500
  • Henrik Lundqvist (NY)+3000
  • Vladimir Tarasenko (STL)+3000
  • Brian Elliott (STL)+3000
  • Roberto Luongo (FLA)+3000
  • Evgeny Kuznetsov (WAS)+3500
  • Nicklas Backstrom (WAS)+3500
  • Tyler Seguin (DAL)+3500
  • Phil Kessel (PIT)+3500
  • Joe Pavelski (SJ)+3500
  • Martin Jones (SJ)+3500
  • Jaromir Jagr (FLA)+3500
  • Ben Bishop (TB)+3500
  • Pekka Rinne (NAS)+3500
  • Jonathan Toews (CHI)+4000
  • John Tavares (NYI)+4000
  • Devan Dubnyk (MIN)+4000
  • Jeff Carter (LA)+5000
  • Artemi Panarin (CHI)+5000
  • Alexander Steen (STL)+5000
  • Mats Zuccarello (NYR)+5000
  • Rick Nash (NYR)+5000
  • Joe Thornton (SJ)+5000
  • Thomas Greiss (SJ)+5000
  • Claude Giroux (PHI)+5000
  • Steve Mason (PHI)+5000
  • Jimmy Howard (DET)+5000
  • Nikita Kucherov (TB)+6000
  • Jonathan Huberdeau (FLA)+7500
  • Victor Hedman (TB)+7500
  • Filip Forsberg (NAS)+7500
  • James Neal (NAS)+7500
  • Kyle Okposo (NYI)+7500
  • Mikko Koivu (MIN)+7500
  • Ryan Suter (MIN)+7500
  • Wayne Simmonds (PHI)+7500
  • Henrik Zetterberg (DET)+7500
  • Pavel Datsyuk (DET)+7500