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Rocket Richard Trophy Odds: Matthews Favored to Score Most Goals

In Odds to Win the Rocket Richard Trophy, Austin Matthews is the favorite.

In seven of the last eight seasons, Alexander Ovechkin has won the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, handed out annually to the player who leads the NHL in goals scored. Last year the Washington Capitals sniper shared the award, tying David Pastrnak of the Boston Bruins for the league lead with 48 goals.

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Online sportsbook Bovada has released odds for the 2020-21 season and has listed Auston Matthews as the +450 favorite to win the award. He’s followed closely by Ovechkin at +550, with Leon Draisaitl (+750), Connor McDavid (+1000) and Nathan MacKinnon (+1400) making up the rest of the top five options on the oddsboard.

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Who are the Rocket Richard Betting Favorites?

Odds to Win the 2021 Rocket Richard Trophy
Auston Matthews+450
Alexander Ovechkin+550
Leon Draisaitl+750
Connor McDavid+1000
Nathan MacKinnon+1400
Jack Eichel+2000
David Pastrnak+2000
Kyle Connor+2000
Steven Stamkos+2000
Patrik Laine+2000
Max Pacioretty+2200
Mika Zibanejad+2200
Patrick Kane+2500
Brayden Point+3000
Artemi Panarin+3000
Sebastian Aho+3000
Oliver Bjorkstrand+3300
Mikko Rantanen+4000
Alex DeBrincat+4000
Patrice Bergeron+4000
Evgeni Malkin+4000
Taylor Hall+4000
Sidney Crosby+4000
Brad Marchand+5000
John Tavares+5500
Evander Kane+6000
Elias Pettersson+6500
Jeff Skinner+7000
Mark Scheifele+7000
Dominik Kubalik+7000
William Nylander+8000
Elias Lindholm+8000
Brendan Gallagher+8000
Filip Forsberg+8500
Matthew Tkachuk+9500
Anders Lee+9500
Phil Kessel+10000
Cam Atkinson+12500
Aleksander Barkov+12500
Dylan Larkin+15000
Brady Tkachuk+15000

Odds as of January 8 at Bovada

Matthews and Ovechkin Lead The Group

Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs fell one goal short of matching Ovechkin and Pastrnak for the league lead in goals a season ago. Matthews will look to build off his 47 goals and notch his first Rocket Richard Trophy win this year. He is the +450 betting favorite, with 18.18 percent implied odds according to our Sports Betting Calculator.

Don’t overlook Ovechkin, who at age 35 is still the league’s most elite marksman and has monopolized this accolade. At +550 he has the second-best odds and that even seems too low considering what he’s done over the last decade.

Before sharing last season’s honors with Pastrnak, he’d won the award outright in six of the previous seven seasons and his lowest output over that span is 33 goals back in 2016-17, when Sidney Crosby wrestled the Richard trophy away from him.

Best Value Pick: Brayden Point

Brayden Point currently has +3000 odds to score the most goals this season and that comes as a bit of a surprise. With Nikita Kucherov out for the season, Point will have more responsibilities at even strength and on the power play.

He is slated to play alongside Steven Stamkos and the two should be able to score an abundance of goals. There are a lot of good choices on the oddsboard, but Point stands out as a great value pick for a guy who is a year removed from scoring 41 goals.