Why Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon Hold the Best NHL MVP Odds/Hart Trophy Odds
The race for the 2020 Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP is heating up as we reach the All-Star Game and festivities. There have been a few names at the top of the NHL MVP odds for a while now, and they’re continuing to show why they are the favorites.
Both Connor McDavid (with the help of Leon Draisaitl) and Nathan MacKinnon are helping to carry their teams into a playoff spot.
MacKinnon has the Colorado Avalanche at 62 points in 49 games, good for second place in the Central Division. McDavid has the Edmonton Oilers in the thick of the race in the Pacific Division. The Oilers are currently hanging onto the second seed in the Pacific, but there are three teams with just as many points (57) as them. The good news for the Oilers, however, is that they have only played 49 games while other teams have played as many as 52.
McDavid is the force behind the Oilers and one of the best players in the world (if not the best player in the world), but he has been left out of MVP voting in the past due to Edmonton not making the playoffs. While that may not be the case this season, there may be another reason why McDavid loses out on some votes.
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How Leon Draisaitl is Pushing McDavid’s NHL MVP Odds/Hart Trophy Odds
Draisaitl has as many goals (27) as McDavid with just one fewer assist (48 to McDavid’s 49), putting him second in the league in points. Some voters may see Draisaitl as just as important as McDavid to Edmonton’s success
and the two could split votes.
With all of that being said, McDavid is still the guy in Edmonton and provides highlight-reel plays every single night. He’s worth a bet at +150.
The other player on the board at +150 is MacKinnon.
MacKinnon is doing it all for the Avalanche, already having racked up 30 goals in just 49 games. Add 42 assists to that and he is third in the league with 72 points in 49 games for an Avalanche team that is much better than the Oilers.
MacKinnon also doesn’t have to worry about splitting votes with a teammate. Rookie defenseman Cale Makar is second on the team with 37 points, with Mikko Rantanen (34) and Andre Burakovsky (33) behind him. In other words, MacKinnon’s second- and third-best forward teammates have combined for fewer points than Draisaitl.
If you are going to bet on one of these two favorites, go for MacKinnon hands down.