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NHL Calder Trophy Odds: Shesterkin Is The Favorite

Igor Shesterkin leads NHL Calder Trophy Odds.

Last year’s award for NHL top rookie honors went to defenseman Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche. This year, a new crop of rookies is looking to display their talents and goaltender Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers is the favorite in 2020-21 NHL Calder Trophy odds.

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Online sportsbook Bovada has given Shesterkin the best odds to win the 2020-21 Calder Trophy at +250. He’s followed by teammate Alexis Lafrenière (+300), Kirill Kaprizov of the Minnesota Wild (+400), Tim Stuetzle of the Ottawa Senators (+900) and Dylan Cozens of the Buffalo Sabres (+1200) to round out the top five choices on the oddsboard.

Who are the NHL Calder Trophy Betting Favorites?

Odds to Win the 2020-21 Calder Trophy
PlayerOdds
Igor Shesterkin+250
Alexis Lafrenière+300
Kirill Kaprizov+400
Tim Stuetzle+900
Dylan Cozens+1200
Gabriel Vilardi+1500
Owen Tippett+1600
Trevor Zegras+1800
Grigori Denisenko+2500
Philip Tomasino+2500
Alexander Romanov+2500
Josh Norris+2500
Ville Heinola+2800
Ilya Sorokin+2800
Nick Robertson+3500
Bowen Byram+3500
Evan Bouchard+4000
Quinton Byfield+4500
Alex Turcotte+4500
Kieffer Bellows+5500
Morgan Frost+5500
Ty Smith+5500
Liam Foudy+5500

Odds as of January 7 at Bovada

Shesterkin Is The Real Deal

Not since 2009 when Steve Mason took home the top rookie award has a goaltender won this accolade. Enter Igor Shesterkin, who will get the starter’s role for the New York Rangers following the departure of Henrik Lundqvist. Shesterkin has the best Calder Trophy odds at +250 after starting in 12 games last year. He finished with an impressive 10-2 record and 2.52 goals-against average.

The native of Russia has had high expectations ever since he was drafted back in 2014. He is now finally able to prove everyone right as the starting goalie for the Rangers. He started last season with the Rangers’ affiliate team in Hartford where he posted a 17-4-3 record with a minuscule 1.90 GAA. When he was called up, he became the first goalie in NHL history to post three 40-save wins within his first seven games.

The Rangers did the smart thing last season by helping to acclimate him to the speed of the NHL with those 12 starts. Shesterkin will have big shoes to fill following behind Lundqvist, but he’s already proven he is capable of being the guy in New York, and playing in a big market should help his cause to win the award.

Lafrenière Is An Elite Talent

Sticking with those Rangers, they got a huge boost by winning the NHL lottery and earning the right to choose first overall in this year’s draft. They made no mistake with the consensus top pick in Alexis Lafrenière. He currently owns the second-best odds to win the Calder Trophy behind his new teammate at +300.

Lafrenière is coming off a World Junior gold medal with Canada last year and a 112-point season with the QMJHL’s Rimouski Oceanic. He is one of the best prospects to come out of junior hockey since Connor McDavid. Not only is he an elite playmaker and talented scorer but he’s an explosive player off the puck with a great hockey IQ.

There is a reason that the pair of young Rangers are the top choices in the Calder Trophy odds. They are the top prospects in the league and should be must-watch TV as the season moves along.