Cale Makar is the 2022 Conn Smythe Trophy winner after putting up an incredible 29 points in 20 games.
Makar led both Stanley Cup Final teams in playoff scoring and was third overall behind Edmonton’s Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl and became just the third defenseman ever to win both the Norris Trophy and the Conn Smythe in the same season.
Makar is also the seventh d-man to win the award in the last 30 years and his 29 playoff points were the fourth most all-time by a defenseman and the most since 1993-94.
Having played just 20 playoff games, Makar’s points per game number (1.45) is the fifth highest all-time among defensemen who played in at least three rounds of the playoffs, behind Paul Coffey, Brian Leetch, Denis Potvin and Bobby Orr.
We were all over Makar after Game 2 of the finals at +175, but he was down to -650 prior to Game 5.
The 2021-22 Stanley Cup playoffs have reached the final series and oddsmakers have posted the latest choices in Conn Smythe Trophy odds.
Online sportsbook BetOnline Sportsbook is updating its odds throughout the playoffs and Avalanche superstar Cale Makar is the favorite to be named playoff MVP at -650.
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2022 Conn Smythe Trophy Odds: The Favorites
Odds as of June 24 at BetOnline Sportsbook
Conn Smythe Odds Betting Strategy
Only five times since 1965 has a player on the losing team in the Stanley Cup Final won the Conn Smythe, with the last being Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim back in 2003. It would have to be an otherworldly individual performance for it to happen again, so we’re looking for a player on the team we think will win it all.
Although Tampa’s Andrei Vasilevskiy was awarded the Conn Smythe last year, goalies have won the trophy only six times in the last 20 years and eight times in the last 30.
Conn Smythe Odds Favorites
If you read our Stanley Cup odds article, you will understand why the top of the Conn Smythe odds list looks the way it does.
The Avalanche are one win away from hoisting the Cup and naming an MVP, which is why their star defenseman Cale Makar is such a big favorite, with teammates Nathan MacKinnon and Mikko Rantanen second and third on the odds list.
We were all over Makar after Game 2 at +175, but his number now won’t win you much.
Conn Smythe Odds Value Bets
Andrei Vasilevskiy (+1400)
If you’re going to bet a long shot because you think the Lightning still have a chance to come back and win this thing, Vasilevskiy has to be the guy.
Through four games we’ve seen the Avalanche be the better team for the vast majority and the recipe for a Lightning win has pretty much been “our goaltender plays out of his mind while Colorado’s plays poorly.”
That’s why Vasilevskiy has to be the bet if you think Tampa will come back. If they somehow do, it will largely be because of last season’s Conn Smythe winner.
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