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Hart Memorial Trophy Odds: McDavid Remains In Front

Connor McDavid leads the NHL Hart Trophy Odds.

The NHL season is less than a month old and you can already make a strong case for certain players in the odds to win the Hart Trophy. There are several big names that sit atop the oddsboard, starting with Connor McDavid of the Oilers, who currently has the best odds to win the Hart, awarded to the NHL’s most valuable player. 

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Online sportsbook Bovada has released Hart Trophy odds with McDavid grabbing the top spot at +200. He’s followed by Nathan MacKinnon (+400), Artemi Panarin (+900), Auston Matthews (+900), Jack Eichel (+1100), Leon Draisaitl (+1100) and Mitch Marner (+1100) to round out the top choices on the oddsboard.

Who are the NHL Hart Trophy Betting Favorites?

Odds to Win the 2020-21 hart Trophy
Connor McDavid+200
Nathan MacKinnon+400
Artemi Panarin+900
Auston Matthews+900
Jack Eichel+1100
Leon Draisaitl+1100
Mitch Marner+1100
Brayden Point+1200
Mikko Rantanen+2000
Elias Pettersson+2000
Alexander Ovechkin+2000
David Pastrnak+2000
Brad Marchand+2500
Steven Stamkos+2500
Sebastian Aho+2500
Sidney Crosby+2500

Odds as of February 10 at [ol-sportsbook-bp:48:Bovada:26:Bodog

Can Anyone Catch McDavid?

Connor McDavid is the face of the NHL and he’s certainly showing that with his play on the ice. McDavid has 27 points in his team’s first 15 games, putting him on pace for over 100 points in a shortened 56-game season. Every time he’s on the ice, it’s must-watch TV with his game-breaking speed and dynamic offense.

McDavid has surprisingly only won one Hart Trophy in his career, and that came back in 2017. The Oilers struggle defensively and their goaltending is subpar at best, so Edmonton’s playoff hopes rest squarely on the shoulders of McDavid and Leon Draisaitl. If the Oilers qualify for the postseason playing in the North Division, it will be due in large part to McDavid, who will probably lead the league in points.

He’s been the betting favorite to win the Hart since the preseason, with his odds opening at +500 before moving to +375 and now +200. It’s still worth putting money on him because he is the likeliest candidate to take home the league’s MVP award.

Matthews Provides Great Value

Auston Matthews had his best statistical season last year, putting up 47 goals in just 70 games and finishing with a career-best 80 points. This year, head coach Sheldon Keefe has kept Matthews on a line with Mitch Marner, a combination that perfectly fits both of their games. Matthews leads the NHL with 11 goals in 12 games and is on pace to score 50 goals even in the drastically shortened season.

At +900 odds to win the Hart Trophy, he is a legitimate candidate to rival McDavid and any other player in the league for this prestigious award. The Maple Leafs are the favorites to win the North Division and they’re also among the favorites to win the Stanley Cup. If Matthews continues this torrid pace, he should be heavily considered as one of the players up for the MVP by the end of the season.