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NHL Calder Trophy Odds: Kaprizov is the Odds-On Fave

Kirill Kaprizov of the Minnesota Wild headlines 2021 NHL Calder Trophy odds.

A new crop of rookies are displaying their talents in the NHL this season and Minnesota Wild forward Kirill Kaprizov is the undisputed favorite in odds to win the 2020-21 Calder Trophy as the league’s top first-year player.

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Online sportsbook Bovada has listed Kaprizov at -400 in NHL Calder Trophy odds. He’s followed by Tim Stutzle (+900), Josh Norris (+900), Ty Smith (+1200) and Pius Suter (+1200) as the top choices on the oddsboard.

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Who are the NHL Calder Trophy Betting Favorites?

Odds to Win the 2020-21 Calder Trophy
Kirill Kaprizov-400
Tim Stutzle+900
Josh Norris+900
Ty Smith+1200
Pius Suter+1200
Kaapo Kahkonen+1600
Kevin Lankinen+2000
Ilya Sorokin+2000
Nils Hoglander+2500
Philipp Kurashev+3000
Alexander Romanov+4000

Odds as of April 22 at Bovada

Kaprizov Looks to Have the Calder Locked Up

Kirill Kaprizov was selected in the fifth round of the 2015 draft, going 135th overall. He had been playing in the KHL for the past six years before moving to North America.

Kaprizov is off to a red-hot start in Minnesota with 37 points in his first 44 games. He finished third in KHL scoring last season, so he has a knack for getting points on the board. He’s not the biggest player on the ice at five-foot-nine, but he does make an impact both offensively and defensively. He also has laid out a few big hits this season, which only adds to his game.

Kaprizov’s game is very similar to that of veteran teammate Zach Parise. Both players are small and gritty forwards, and always seem to be in the right position in the offensive end. Kaprizov is slowly making a name for himself around the league and at 23 years old he has a bright future ahead of him.

At -400 in NHL Calder Trophy odds, oddsmakers are convinced the Russian will win the Calder, and it’s hard to argue with them at this point.

Does Anyone Else Stand a Chance?

If anyone outside of Kaprizov is in the conversation for winning the hardware as the league’s top rookie, it’s Norris. The 19th overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft is already a favorite of Ottawa Senators fans in his first year with the team, as the American has 13 goals and 29 points in 46 games.

The Senators are an up-and-coming team and figure to be in contention within the next few years. Norris already looks like a future star for the Sens and gives Ottawa a solid young core along with Stutzle, Brady Tkachuk and Thomas Chabot.

Norris’s numbers aren’t up to the standard of Kaprizov’s, which means it would be a major upset if he’s able to pull it off, which is evident in his +900 NHL Calder Trophy odds. Stranger things have happened when it comes to players winning NHL awards, however.