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Auston Matthews is favored in Rocket Richard Trophy odds for the 2021-2022 season.

In seven of the last nine NHL seasons, Alexander Ovechkin has won the Rocket Richard Trophy – awarded to the leading goal scorer during the regular season.

But there appears to be a bit of a changing of the guard as Maple Leafs center Auston Matthews has emerged as the best pure goal scorer in today’s NHL.

Oddsmakers at Bovada agree, as Matthews is the +375 favorite in NHL Rocket Richard Trophy odds after winning last season with 41 goals in 52 games.

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Following Matthews is Connor McDavid (+400), Ovechkin (+500), Leon Draisaitl (+750) and David Pastrnak (+1200) to round out the top choices on the board.

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NHL Rocket Richard Trophy Odds

Who will win the 2021-22 Rocket Richard Trophy?
Player Odds
Auston Matthews +375
Connor McDavid +400
Alex Ovechkin +500
Leon Draisaitl +750
David Pastrnak +1200
Sebastian Aho +1500
Alex DeBrincat +1600
Mika Zibanejad +1600
Kirill Kaprizov +1800
Nathan MacKinnon +1800
Brayden Point +2000
Kyle Connor +2000
Mikko Rantanen +2000
Alex Barkov +2500
Brad Marchand +2500
Jake Guentzel +2500
Steven Stamkos +2500
Nikolaj Ehlers +2800
Sam Reinhart +3000
Jesse Puljujarvi +3500
Nikita Kucherov +3500
Vladimir Tarasenko +4000

Odds as of October 28 at Bovada

Rocket Richard Trophy Odds: Top Choices

Auston Matthews (+375)

Matthews is the favorite in NHL Rocket Richard Trophy odds for good reason. Nobody has more total goals or even-strength goals than Matthews over the last three seasons and his power-play tallies are probably due for an uptick.

With Ovechkin nearing the end of his incredible career, Matthews could be the next player to dominate this award over the next several years.

On the flip side, he has missed several games due to injury in each of the last four seasons and his durability is definitely a question mark. In fact, his time missed is probably the only reason he doesn’t already have multiple Rocket Richard trophies.

There is no doubt that Matthews deserves to be the favorite for this award. But there are other players with far more attractive odds given his injury history.

Matthews has one goal in five games to start the season.

Leon Draisaitl (+750)

While his teammate, Connor McDavid, is the favorite to run away with the Art Ross Trophy, Leon Draisaitl is a solid bet in Rocket Richard Trophy odds. Though Matthews leads the NHL with 125 total goals over the last three seasons, Draisaitl is right behind him with 124.

Draisaitl has far fewer even-strength goals in that span than Matthews (91 to 73) but has been far more effective on the power play – and at the end of the year they don’t care how you scored them.

Draisaitl had 50 goals in the 2018-19 season (a mark Matthews has yet to hit) and deserves to be in the conversation for top goal scorer in the league. At +750, his odds are also twice as nice as Matthews’.

Draisaitl has four goals in six games so far in 2021-22.

Alex Ovechkin (+1200)

At 123 goals over the last three seasons, old man Ovechkin is right behind Matthews (125) and Draisaitl (124) atop the league’s list of prolific goal scorers. Ovie did have a career-low 24 goals last season (in 45 games, however) and has shown some signs of slowing down.

Sitting at +1200 before the season, we said there wasn’t much reason to bet against the greatest goal scorer of all time. Well, we hope you jumped on that price as Ovie has gotten off to a blazing start to the year, leading the league with eight goals in seven games played. 

Now down to +500, Ovechkin is still sitting with pretty attractive odds. He doesn’t appear ready to slow down any time soon in search of his 10th (!) Rocket Richard Trophy.

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Best Bet: Connor McDavid (+400)

Overshadowed by Ovechkin’s mind-blowing start is McDavid’s “quiet” seven goals (and 15 points) in six games.

There’s nothing this guy can’t do, and with what looks like improved linemates around him, he could shatter any recent point total records. That should include a boat load of goals, and at +400 odds, you could do worse than betting on the guy who could win the Art Ross Trophy by 30 points.