Calder Trophy Odds (NHL Rookie of the Year Odds): Cale vs. Quinn vs. Mystery Candidate
The 2020 Calder Trophy odds have been trimming the fat as only three players have odds listed as of the beginning of February. It is a race between two defensemen and an injured forward, but there is another contender emerging.
Will one of the favorites take home the crown? Or will a longshot come from behind to win it?
Let’s take a look.
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Cale Makar (Calder Trophy Odds/NHL Rookie of the Year Odds: -160)
Colorado Avalanche defenseman Cale Makar has been the frontrunner for the Calder Trophy for the better part of three months. However, Makar is no longer the rookie leader in points.
Makar does have the most points per game, however, as he missed a stretch of time due to injury. He has 11 goals and 27 assists for 38 points in 43 games. He also has a +8 rating while playing 20:38 per game for the Avalanche.
The Avalanche are the best team in this race, so Makar will continue to rack up the points, but it’s going to be a tight race to the finish.
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Quinn Hughes (Calder Trophy Odds/NHL Rookie of the Year Odds: +100)
Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes has been climbing up the ranks all season. Hughes has far surpassed his brother, Jack, who was the first overall pick in last year’s draft. In fact, he’s surpassed every rookie in points.
Quinn Hughes leads all rookies with 39 points and 31 assists with eight goals as well. He is a -4 rating, but does play nearly a minute more (21:36) than Makar.
Hughes had eight points in 11 January games after posting just six points in 13 December games. He also has three points (two goals, one assist) in his first three games in February.
If Hughes keeps up this pace, he’ll have a real chance to pass Makar in the odds for the Calder Trophy.
Victor Olofsson (Calder Trophy Odds/NHL Rookie of the Year Odds: +1200)
Victor Olofsson is the forgotten man in the race. The Buffalo Sabres forward has been out for a month since January 3rd with a lower-body injury. He was initially given a five-to-six week recovery timeline and could return to practice within the next week.
Olofsson was far and away the rookie points leader when he went down with his injury. He has 16 goals and 19 assists for 35 points in 42 games. On January 3rd that was five goals more than any other rookie and four more points than Makar, who had the second most points.
Those 35 points are still good for third among rookies and he is five goals behind Dominik Kubalik, who has slown down. If Olofsson returns and scores at the rate he was before, those +1200 odds are a great value.
Which Calder Trophy Odds/NHL Rookie of the Year Odds Should You Bet on?
At this point, Quinn Hughes has a slight advantage over Cale Makar due to both point totals and value. However, if you’re willing to take a bit of a risk, go for Olofsson and it could pay off.
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