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NHL Norris Trophy Odds: Can Anyone Catch Hedman?

According to NHL Norris Trophy odds, Victor Hedman is the favorite to win the award for a second time in 2021.

Eight different players over the last eight years have won the Norris Trophy, which is awarded annually to the NHL’s best defenseman.

With the 2021 season in its late stages, online sportsbooks have updated their NHL Norris Trophy odds with a familiar face topping the oddsboard.

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Sportsbook Bovada has listed NHL Norris Trophy odds with Victor Hedman leading the pack as the -145 favorite, followed by Adam Fox (+450), Cale Makar (+900), Charlie McAvoy (+1000) and John Carlson (+1000) to round out the top five choices.

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Who Are the Norris Trophy Betting Favorites?

Odds to Win the 2021 Norris trophy
VIctor Hedman-145
Adam Fox+450
Cale Makar+900
Charlie McAvoy+1000
John Carlson+1000
Jeff Petry+1800
Drew Doughty+1800
Shea Theodore+1800
Darnell Nurse+2000
Samuel Girard+4000
Morgan Rielly+5000
Dougie Hamilton+5000
Quinn Hughes+6000
Aaron Ekblad+8000

Odds as of April 23 at Bovada

Is Hedman in Line for Yet Another Norris?

Hedman, a four-time Norris Trophy finalist, won the trophy in 2018 and is in an excellent position to add a second Norris to his trophy case in 2021.

Hedman has already racked up a significant amount of hardware in his career, as the defenseman is a three-time all-star, was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in 2018 and won both the Stanley Cup and the Conn Smythe Trophy as the playoff MVP with the Lightning last year.

As of April 23, Hedman was tied with Carlson as the league’s highest-scoring defenseman with 42 points. Hedman’s contributions don’t just come down to offense, however, as the towering Swede is just as good in his own end as he is at putting the puck in the back of the net.

You won’t find much value in betting Hedman to win at his -145 NHL Norris Trophy odds, but he definitely looks like the likeliest candidate right now.

Fox’s Emergence Has Been Something to Behold

Fox sits slightly behind Hedman and Carlson on the points list at 41, but his plus/minus of 19 stands out. The American has enjoyed a major coming-out party in his second NHL season after finishing his rookie campaign with 42 points in 70 contests.

Fox has been a major part of the Rangers’ blue-line corps in 2021, and he ranks third on the team in points behind only Artemi Panarin (52) and Ryan Strome (44). 

At 23, Fox looks like a Norris Trophy contender for years to come. It would be incredibly impressive if he was able to claim the award in just his second NHL season.

Out of all the defensemen on the list behind Hedman, he’s the one with the best shot to win, and that makes him an incredibly appealing value play at +450 in NHL Norris Trophy odds.