NHL MVP Odds/Hart Trophy Odds: is MacKinnon Pulling Ahead?
Connor McDavid and Nathan MacKinnon remain as the top two contenders and are neck-and-neck in the Hart Trophy race as NHL MVP. McDavid is sharing the spotlight in Edmonton with Leon Draisaitl, while Nathan MacKinnon is a solo show for the Colorado Avalanche.
Will McDavid prevail as the new face of the NHL? Or will MacKinnon pull ahead for good? Let’s take a look at this week’s Hart Trophy Odds (NHL MVP odds).
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Connor McDavid (Hart TrophyOdds/NHL MVP Odds: +125)
Connor McDavid has been out with an injury for the past 10 days, which could hamper his chances for the Hart Trophy. He is stuck at 30 goals and 51 assists for 81 points in 55 games this season. Meanwhile, his teammate (Leon Draisaitl) is stealing the show. Draisaitl leads the league with an incredible 95 points (34 goals, 61 assists).
McDavid is the star in Edmonton, however, and will assumably receive more votes than Draisaitl. There is a likely chance that McDavid and Draisaitl split some votes or even not receive many votes if the Oilers don’t make the playoffs.
The Oilers are currently first in the Pacific Division but are just three points away from being out of a playoff spot. If the Oilers don’t make the playoffs, you might have to count McDavid out. That opens the door for MacKinnon and a few others.
Nathan MacKinnon (Hart Trophy Odds/NHL MVP Odds: +200)
The Colorado Avalanche were also dealt with a tough injury recently, but this one will likely increase MacKinnon’s case for the Hart Trophy. Mikko Rantanen, the Avalanche’s second-best forward, will likely miss the rest of the season with a broken collarbone. MacKinnon was already ahead of the pack in Colorado and this just puts more pressure (and attention) on him.
MacKinnon is tied for second in the league with 82 points. He has 33 goals and 49 assists in just 58 games for the Avalanche. He has as many points (82) as David Pastrnak, but has played in two less games.
While McDavid has to worry about splitting votes with Draisaitl, MacKinnon has no such concern. MacKinnon has nearly as many points as Colorado’s second- and third-leading scorers (Andre Burakovsky and Cale Makar) combined. MacKinnon has 82 points while Burakovsky and Makar have 87 combined.
When you think of the Colorado Avalanche, you think of Nathan MacKinnon. He is one of the best players in the league and without a doubt one of the most valuable.
David Pastrnak (Hart Trophy Odds/NHL MVP Odds: +400)
David Pastrnak is working his way into the conversation. He has 42 goals, good for second in the league, and is also tied for second in the league with 82 points.
All in all, Pastrnak provides good value with his Hart Trophy Odds (NHL MVP Odds) at +400.