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NHL Norris Trophy Odds: Hedman Favored to Win

Victor Hedman Leads Norris Trophy Odds.

Eight different players over the last eight years have won the Norris Trophy, which is awarded annually to the National Hockey League’s best defenseman. Online sportsbooks have released their favorites to win the 2020-21 award and Victor Hedman has the best NHL Norris Trophy odds at +500.

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Sportsbook Bovada has listed Norris Trophy odds for 40 contenders with Hedman leading the pack, followed by 2019-20 winner Roman Josi (+700), Dougie Hamilton (+800), John Carlson (+1000) and Cale Makar (+1200) to round out the top five choices.

Who Are the Norris Trophy Betting Favorites?

Odds to Win the 2020-21 Norris trophy
PlayerOdds
Victor Hedman+500
Roman Josi+700
Dougie Hamilton+800
John Carlson+1000
Cale Makar+1200
Alex Pietrangelo+1600
Quinn Hughes+1600
Erik Karlsson+2000
Torey Krug+2000
Shea Theodore+2000
Miro Heiskanen+2000
Brent Burns+2500
Seth Jones+2500
Morgan Rielly+2500
Zach Werenski+2500
Charlie McAvoy+2500
Kris Letang+2800
Thomas Chabot+3300
John Klingberg+3300
Rasmus Dahlin+3500
Shea Weber+4000
Ryan Ellis+4000
Adam Fox+4500
Mark Giordano+4500
Jared Spurgeon+5000
Ryan Suter+5000
Neal Pionk+5500
Ivan Provorov+5500
Anthony DeAngelo+6000
Keith Yandle+6000
Drew Doughty+6000
Oliver Ekman-Larsson+6500
Ryan Pulock+7000
Filip Hronek+7500
Cam Fowler+7500
Jaccob Slavin+9000
P.K. Subban+10000
Matthew Dumba+10000
Duncan Keith+12500
Hampus Lindholm+15000

Odds as of January 7 at Bovada

Josi Has A Strong Chance To Win Again

Roman Josi is one of the most complete players in the league. Superb defensively, he is also a very talented offensive performer. The two-way rearguard played in 69 games last year, finished with 16 goals and 65 points and was a plus-22 on his way to winning the Norris.

Josi has the second-best odds among all defensemen in Norris Trophy odds at +700. Last year, he logged the third-most minutes among defensemen, trailing only Thomas Chabot and Drew Doughty. Not only is Josi reliable in his own end but he is crucial to the Predators’ special teams on both the power play and penalty kill.

The Nashville captain was ranked as the league’s second-best defenseman in the NHL Network’s list of the top 20 blue-liners in the league and at 30 years old he is still in the prime of his career.

Carlson Is A Good Bet

John Carlson has the fourth-best odds to win the Norris Trophy at +1000. He is one of the best offensive weapons in the league. He led all defensemen last year with 60 assists and 75 points. He plays on the top unit of one of the most prolific offenses in the league in Washington.

It certainly helps when Alex Ovechkin is across the blue line from you on the power play and you can set him up for that lethal slapshot. To put in perspective Carlson’s offensive prowess last season, he finished tied for 12th in points among all players.

He also had six game-winning goals to tie for 10th in the league. Carlson has always been gifted offensively but last year he took a big leap in his defensive play. If Carlson can play at the same elite level he did last year, he will have a good shot to win the award.

Makar Has The Best Value

The defenseman that I think has the best value right now to win the award is Cale Makar with NHL Norris Trophy odds at +1200. Makar won the Calder Trophy last year as the top rookie in the league.

A dynamic offensive defenseman, Makar finished last season with 12 goals and 50 points in his first action in the NHL. His skating ability is off the charts and he has an incredible shot from the point.

The fourth overall pick in the 2017 draft has shown incredible poise and his dynamic play has given the Avalanche one of the best offenses in the league. It will be tough to leapfrog players like Josi, Carlson and Hedman, but everything is in place for Makar to build off his rookie season. If he improves his defensive game, he will be among all those big names as a potential candidate to win the Norris.