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NHL Calder Trophy Odds: Raymond Leads Crop Of Rookies

Detroit's Lucas Raymond is the current favorite in NHL Calder Trophy odds.

This year’s crop of rookies are already making an impact on the NHL season about a quarter of the way through the year and oddsmakers are looking ahead to who the best of those rookies might be. For now, Red Wings forward Lucas Raymond tops the list in NHL Calder Trophy odds. 

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Online sportsbook Bovada has Raymond listed at +250 odds to win the award, followed by teammate Moritz Seider (+300) and Trevor Zegras (+400) to round out the clear top three selections on the oddsboard.

Let’s take a look at the rest of the list.

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Who Is Favored In NHL Calder Trophy Odds?

Odds to Win the 2021-22 Calder Trophy
Lucas Raymond (Red Wings)+250
Moritz Seider (Red Wings)+300
Trevor Zegras (Ducks)+400
Jeremy Swayman (Bruins)+1000
Dan Vladar (Flames) +1000
Alex Nedeljkovic (Red Wings)+1000
Spencer Knight (Panthers)+1200
Jonathan Dahlen (Sharks)+1400
Bowen Byram  (Avalanche)+2000
Michael Bunting (Maple Leafs)+2000
Jamie Drysdale (Ducks)+2500
Cole Caufield (Canadiens)+2500
Vasily Podkolzin (Canucks)+2800

Odds as of December 2 at Bovada

NHL Calder Trophy Odds: Top Contenders

Lucas Raymond (+250)

The young Swede was the fourth overall pick in the 2020 draft and has had an incredible start in his first action on North American ice. Raymond has 10 goals and 22 points (leading all rookies in both) in 24 games played.

Raymond has slotted perfectly on the right wing alongside captain Dylan Larkin for the surprising Red Wings, who actually sit in the East’s first wild-card spot as of the beginning of December. 

We expect the Wings to fall back down to earth, but it’s fair to expect Raymond’s production to continue.

He’s still good value at +250

Moritz Seider (+300)

Second in NHL Calder Trophy odds, Raymond’s teammate Moritz Seider looks like a future star and longtime stalwart on the back end for Detroit.

Seider is fourth in rookie scoring with two goals and 16 points in 24 games and is the top rookie defenseman on the scoring list. 

At just 20 years old, Seider is already the best d-man on the Wings and is a serious contender for this award.

Jeremy Swayman (+1000)

Longtime Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask’s status for this season is still up in the air, leaving new addition Linus Ullmark and the rookie Swayman as Boston’s tandem so far.

Ullmark got a four-year, $20-million deal from the Bruins in the offseason and was the presumed starter with Rask and former backup Jaroslav Halak both gone, but it has been Swayman who has started more games this season (10-9).

That said, Ullmark has a slightly better save percentage (.911 vs .908) and has played a little more often of late. But Swayman has the better goals-against average and has six wins to Ullmark’s five.

It looks like a true tandem for now, and the Bruins are currently outside of a playoff spot, but if the team can turn things around and Swayman plays the majority of the games, he could be a serious contender in NHL Calder Trophy odds.  

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Best Bet: Trevor Zegras (+400)

Selected ninth overall in the 2019 NHL Draft, Trevor Zegras made an immediate impact by scoring over a point per game in his one and only season at Boston University.

He followed that up about a year later with a dominant showing at the 2021 World Junior Hockey Championship where he led the tournament in scoring with seven goals and 18 points in seven games, winning the MVP and leading his team to a gold medal in the process. It was apparent to anyone who watched that event that the Ducks might have a special player on their hands.

Zegras’ exceptional blend of movement and playmaking has already translated to the NHL, where he is tied for second in rookie scoring and second in points per game behind Raymond.

Zegras has six goals and 17 points in 22 games for the upstart Ducks as the second-line center while getting time on the top power play.

At more attractive odds than Raymond and Seider, we like betting on Zegras right now in NHL Calder Trophy odds.