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NHL Rocket Richard Trophy Odds: Matthews Favored To Repeat

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 favorite in NHL Rocket Richard Trophy odds after winning last season with 41 goals in 52 games.

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Following Matthews at +150 is Connor McDavid (+190), Leon Draisaitl (+300), Nikita Kucherov (+750), Mikko Rantanen (+750) and David Pastrnak (+750) 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?
PlayerOdds
Auston Matthews+150
Connor McDavid+190
Leon Draisaitl+300
Nikita Kucherov+750
Mikko Rantanen+750
David Pastrnak+750
Alex DeBrincat+1200
Brad Marchand+1200
Alex Ovechkin+1200
Kirill Kaprizov+2500
Mika Zibanejad+2500
Nathan MacKinnon+2500
Mitch Marner+2500
Alex Barkov+3000
Tyler Toffoli+4000
Brayden Point+6600
Jake Guentzel+6600
Sidney Crosby+10000
Sebastian Aho+10000
Brock Boeser+10000
Nikolaj Ehlers+10000
Steven Stamkos+10000
Sam Reinhart+10000

Odds as of August 19 at Bovada

Rocket Richard Trophy Odds: Top Choices

Auston Matthews (+150)

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.

Leon Draisaitl (+300)

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 combined, 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 scorers in the league. At +300, his odds are also twice as nice as Matthews’.

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.

But at +1200, there’s not much reason to bet against the greatest goal scorer of all time having a renaissance season. Ovechkin had totals of 48, 51 and 49 in the three seasons prior to last year, and a number in that range should have him right near the top of the league in search of his 10th (!) Rocket Richard Trophy.

It should go without saying that Ovie also has a certain record to chase over the next few seasons. He should be hungrier than ever.

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Best Bet: David Pastrnak (+750)

At these odds, Bruins winger David Pastrnak is a screaming value in NHL Rocket Richard Trophy odds. The co-winner of this award in the 2019-20 season with 48 goals, Pastrnak is fifth in total goals over the last three combined seasons – including a down year of 20 tallies last season.

It is fair to expect the Czech phenom to bounce back from last year and challenge for the league lead once again. At +750, Pastrnak is a very attractive bet.