Matthews, Huberdeau Lead in the Hart trophy Odds (NHL MVP Odds)
The NHL Hart Trophy odds for MVP have largely focused around a few players this season.
Connor McDavid is carrying the Edmonton Oilers, Nathan MacKinnon is doing it all for the Colorado Avalanche, and David Pastrnak is leading the way for a powerful Boston Bruins top line. However, with McDavid and MacKinnon both at +150 and Pastrnak at +400, there’s not much value in those bets.
McDavid’s Oilers could easily fall out of the playoffs, essentially eliminating him in most voter’s minds, and MacKinnon’s linemates of Mikko Rantanen and Gabriel Landeskog could take some of the shine away from him. The same goes for Pastrnak, who is on one of the best lines in hockey with Patrice Bergeron and Brad Marchand.
Each of those three have a strong case for the Hart Trophy as the NHL MVP, but those same arguments can be made for other players who have much longer odds — and therefore more money for you – to win the Hart. There are even a few players without odds listed that are worth a bet if a sportsbook allows custom bet slips.
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Best Hart Trophy Odds from the Rest of the Pack Looking to be the NHL MVP
Let’s run down the rest of the players with longer odds. Alex Ovechkin (+1200), Auston Matthews (+1600), Evgeni Malkin (+2000), Patrick Kane (+3300) and Artemi Panarin (+4000) could all
easily make a run and they have the name recognition to garner votes. But are they having good enough seasons?Off the board you could look at Jonathan Huberdeau and Jack Eichel.
Ovechkin has racked up 26 goals in 46 games this season, but he only has 42 points and is on a pretty strong team, so +1200 still seems too short of odds for him.
Matthews is worth looking at. He has been a powerful force behind the Toronto Maple Leafs’ resurgence after they fired Mike Babcock. He is second in the league with 31 goals and is 11th in the league with 54 points. Matthews has 20 points since Dec. 17 and is on a great run for Toronto. He could easily make a run and be the 2020 Hart Trophy winner.
Malkin is an interesting case. He has only played in 32 games but has 44 points, trying him with Kyle Connor, who has played in 46 games, for 19th most in the league. He has 1.38 points per game, the sixth most in the league. Malkin missed time due to his own injury but then took over when Sidney Crosby missed time. If he keeps up this pace, +200 is a steal.
Kane and Panarin are in similar situations to each other. They are each in the top 10 in scoring (Kane 9th, Panarin 5th) but are on a non-playoff team. However, the Blackhawks are only seven points out of a playoff spot and the Rangers are six points out. If either of their teams make a run, it’ll be on their backs and they’ll get recognition for it; much like Taylor Hall in the 2017-18 season with the Devils. At +3300 and +4000, they’re a solid value bet.
Like Panarin and Kane, Eichel is on a team that is out of the playoffs by six points. He has proven his worth to the Sabres with a 17-game point streak that only ended due to an injury. If you want a longshot at +5000 (or however high a book offers), go for it.
Huberdeau is a name that should get some odds next to it soon. The Panthers are on the right side of the playoff bubble (for now) and Huberdeau is seventh in the NHL with 61 points in 45 games. He is making a name for himself and if the Panthers make the playoffs, watch out.
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