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2020 NHL Playoffs: Odds to Win the Conn Smythe Trophy

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman presents Ryan O'Reilly #90 of the St. Louis Blues with the Conn Smythe Trophy.

The 2020 NHL playoffs begin on August 1, and odds are out on which player will take home the Conn Smythe Trophy as the postseason MVP at sportsbooks.

Bovada has released odds on which man will claim the hardware in the postseason, with Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy leading the charge at +1600. Here’s a look at the shop’s list of the likeliest contenders:

2020 Conn Smythe Trophy Odds

Odds to Win the Conn Smythe Trophy
Andrei Vasilevskiy+1600
Tuukka Rask+1800
Nathan MacKinnon+1800
Nikita Kucherov+2000
Marc-Andre Fleury+2000
Philipp Grubauer+2000
Steven Stamkos+2500
Carter Hart+2800
Jordan Binnington+2800
Sidney Crosby+2800
David Pastrnak+3000
Brad Marchand+3000
Patrice Bergeron+3000
Braden Holtby+3000
Max Pacioretty+3500
Mark Stone+3500
Ryan O’Reilly+3500
Jakub Voracek+4000
Claude Giroux+4000
Alex Ovechkin+4000
Ben Bishop+4000
Connor McDavid+4000
Tristan Jarry+5000
Brayden Point+5000
Reilly Smith+5000
Gabriel Landeskog+5000
Evgeni Malkin+5000
Tyler Seguin+5000
Frederik Andersen+5000
Auston Matthews+5000
Travis Konecny+6000
Mike Smith+6500
Leon Draisaitl+6500
David Perron+6600
Brayden Schenn+6600
John Carlson+6600
Nicklas Backstrom+6600
Bryan Rust+6600
Jamie Benn+6600

Odds as of July 30 at Bovada

To see the full list of Conn Smythe odds, head over to Bovada.

Toronto, Edmonton Chosen As Hub Cities

The 2020 NHL playoffs will have a significantly different look, as the Stanley Cup will be awarded in Canada for the first time since 2011. That's because Toronto and Edmonton have been chosen as hub cities for the Eastern and Western Conferences, respectively, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bottom eight teams in each conference will play best-of-five play-in series, while the top four have a round robin to determine seeding. Once the field narrows to 16, the teams will play traditional best-of-seven series. The play-in series kick off on Saturday, August 1.

Considering the uniqueness surrounding this year’s postseason, it’s anyone’s guess what’s going to transpire. For the latest championship odds, head over to our Stanley Cup odds page.

Which Players are Presenting Conn Smythe Value?

This year’s edition of Conn Smythe odds present more value than we’ve ever seen due to the 24-team format, and that means long-shot odds for big-time players. Here are a few players I think are worth a wager before the play-in series begin.

Connor McDavid +4000

Let’s not overthink this one. You’re getting the best hockey player in the world at +4000 odds to be named the playoff MVP. Even if it’s only a sprinkle, the reasoning for this bet speaks for itself.

While McDavid’s linemate and Hart Trophy front-runner Leon Draisaitl stole most of the headlines this season, McDavid is still clearly the top player in the NHL. The Edmonton Oilers face the Chicago Blackhawks in a play-in series, and I believe they’ll dispose of Jonathan Toews and company with ease.

The modern-day Oilers aren’t exactly synonymous with lengthy postseason runs, but I really like what new general manager Ken Holland has done with this team. If the Oil make a charge through the playoffs, McDavid’s odds will certainly shrink, so take him now at +4000.

Auston Matthews +5000

I’m the furthest thing from a Maple Leafs fan, but I’m all over Matthews at +5000 for a few reasons. Toronto’s issues in the playoffs are well known, but the play-in format could be just what the Leafs need to get primed to potentially make a run in the Eastern Conference.

Toronto is facing the Columbus Blue Jackets in the play-in round, and while the Blue Jackets shocked the hockey world by beating the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lightning a year ago, I don’t think the Jackets have the talent to surpass Toronto.

Matthews’ penchant for finding the back of the net has made him one of the top goal scorers in the NHL. He has an abundance of talent surrounding him in the Leafs’ stacked top six up front, and he’s going to be near the top of the team in points no matter how far the Leafs make it in the playoffs.

It’s a bit risky considering Toronto’s recent inability to get past the first round, but the value is simply too good to pass up for a player of Matthews’ caliber.