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Hart Memorial Trophy Odds: McDavid Out In Front

Connor McDavid leads Hart Memorial Trophy Odds.

The race for the Hart Memorial Trophy, won last season by Leon Draisaitl of the Edmonton Oilers, is completely wide open in 2020-21 according to sportsbooks.

Several big names sit atop the oddsboard, starting with Connor McDavid of the Edmonton Oilers, who currently has the best odds to win the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL’s most valuable player. 

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Online sportsbook Bovada has released the Hart Trophy odds with McDavid grabbing the top spot at +450, followed by Nathan MacKinnon (+550), Auston Matthews (+800), Leon Draisaitl (+1000) and Artemi Panarin (+1100) to round out the top five choices on the oddsboard.

Who are the NHL Hart Trophy Betting Favorites?

Odds to Win the 2020-21 hart Trophy
PlayerOdds
Connor McDavid+450
Nathan MacKinnon+550
Auston Matthews+800
Leon Draisaitl+1000
Artemi Panarin+1100
Brayden Point+1800
Elias Pettersson+1800
Jack Eichel+2000
Alex Ovechkin+2000
Mitch Marner+2400
Sidney Crosby+2500
Brad Marchand+2500
Evgeni Malkin+2500
David Pastrnak+3000
Patrick Kane+2800
Steven Stamkos+2800
Connor Hellebuyck+3000
Mark Stone+3000
Jonathan Huberdeau+3300
Sebastian Aho+3300
Taylor Hall+4000
Mika Zibanejad+4000
Mikko Rantanen+5000
Patrice Bergeron+5000
Mathew Barzal+5000
Mark Scheifele+5000
Aleksander Barkov+5500
Carter Hart+5500
John Gibson+5500
Carey Price+6000
John Tavares+6000
Blake Wheeler+6500
Sean Couturier+6500
Johnny Gaudreau+7000
Ryan O’Reilly+7000
Roman Josi+7000
Dougie Hamilton+7500
John Carlson+8000
Evgeny Kuznetsov+8500
Teuvo Teravainen+8500
Alex Pietrangelo+9000
Claude Giroux+9000
Logan Couture+9000
Dylan Larkin+9000
Victor Hedman+9500
Pierre-Luc Dubois+9500
Quinn Hughes+10000
Cale Makar+10000
Gabriel Landeskog+10000
Anze Kopitar+10000
Thomas Chabot+12500
Miro Heiskanen+12500
Kris Letang+12500
John Klingberg+15000
Zach Werenski+15000
Seth Jones+15000
Aaron Ekblad+17500

Odds as of January 7 at Bovada

Nate The Great

Nathan MacKinnon finished as the runner-up in the 2020 Hart Trophy voting behind Draisaitl. MacKinnon, one of the great talents of the game with his dynamic speed and electric offensive play, is second in the preseason Hart Trophy betting odds at +550.

Last year marked the third season in a row that he eclipsed 90 points. He finished with 35 goals and 58 assists as the leader of one of the best offensive teams in the league.

MacKinnon plays on arguably the best line in the NHL with Gabriel Landeskog and Mikko Rantanen. Toss in reigning Calder Trophy winner Cale Makar on the power play with MacKinnon and company and they become an unstoppable force.

MacKinnon got 48 first-place votes for the 2019-20 award and the motivation of losing out will surely add fuel to the fire this year. Combine that with the fact that he was super bummed for being knocked out of last year’s playoffs in the second round, and the stage is set for MacKinnon to have an extraordinary year.

Who Is Providing The Best Value?

There are a lot of great choices in the odds to win the Hart Trophy with these being the elite of elite hockey players. However, the player I think provides the best value to win the award is Buffalo Sabres captain Jack Eichel at +2000 odds.

Eichel, who netted a career-high 36 goals in 2019-20, is a gifted offensive player but has suffered in the past due to a shortage of talent around him. The Sabres brought in proven goal scorer Jeff Skinner a year ago, though he struggled in his first season in Buffalo, and recently added some more firepower by scooping up Taylor Hall on the free-agent market.

Hall gives Eichel the scoring winger he has desperately been seeking and his addition should boost Eichel’s offensive stats from last year’s 78 points.

The one thing that might work against Eichel is that he plays in a smaller market in Buffalo and does not get the national attention that he rightfully deserves. He finished eighth in the Hart Trophy voting last year and should improve on that this season.