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Odds to Win the Calder Trophy: Makar is the Fave, But Hughes is Making a Charge

Odds to Win the Calder Trophy

One of the biggest individual storylines of the 2019-20 NHL season has undoubtedly been the rise of Colorado Avalanche rookie defenseman Cale Makar. As a result, sportsbooks are expecting the young gun to claim the Calder Trophy at the end of the year as the league’s top rookie.

Makar is the -150 favorite to win the Calder at BetOnline, with Quinn Hughes (-110), Dominik Kubalik (+2000) and Victor Olofsson (+3300) also on the list.

Makar is Making History in Denver

As of February 7, Makar was sitting with 12 goals and 40 points. Just 52 games into the season, he has broken the previous franchise record for points by a rookie defenseman in a single campaign. The previous record of 37 had stood since 1984-85. Considering there are 30 games remaining, he is going to run up the score on the record book in Denver.

Makar is tied for second on the team in points with Andre Burakovsky at 40 apiece, trailing Nathan MacKinnon’s 74. Given that he’s already in the conversation for the Norris Trophy, it would be a surprise to see anyone but Makar win the Calder. I’m a little surprised his odds aren’t steeper, so bet him at the -150 price while you can.

Hughes is On the Move

If anyone is going to have a say about that, it’s Quinn Hughes. While his brother Jack was garnering most of the attention after getting selected with the first overall pick by the New Jersey Devils in last year’s draft, it’s the Vancouver Canucks defenseman who’s had more success in 2019-20.

Hughes was the only rookie to appear at NHL All-Star Weekend in St. Louis a few weeks ago, earning the vote as the last man in for the Pacific Division. The American leads all rookies in ice time, averaging 21:30 per game.

He’s a weapon on the power play, as half of his 40 points have come with the man advantage. Following in the footsteps of Brock Boeser and Elias Pettersson in previous years, Hughes is the latest rookie sensation to come out of Vancouver.

Makar was -275 on January 3 while Hughes was +275, so Hughes’ recent push has made the playing field much more even. Who do you think is going to win the Calder Trophy this year? Have your say in the comment section. For more hockey betting information, check out our NHL page.

Odds to Win the 2019-20 Calder Trophy
Cale Makar-150
Quinn Hughes-110
Dominik Kubalik+2000
Victor Olofsson+3300

Odds as of February 7 at BetOnline