NHL awards 2021-22: Odds, best bets, predictions for the Hart Trophy



The 2021-22 NHL season is just around the corner and, while the awards won’t be handed out for a handful of months, the debate is already raging regarding who will take home the hardware.

Last year saw a few expected names in Connor McDavid (Hart Trophy), Auston Matthews (Rocket Richard Trophy) and Aleksander Barkov (Selke Trophy). There were a bunch of surprises, such as Marc-Andre Fleury winning his first Vezina (then getting traded) and sophomore defenseman Adam Fox winning the Norris. A couple of winners went wire to wire, including Kirill Kaprizov’s Calder Trophy twirl.

What the upcoming season will bring is anyone’s guess, but expect those names mentioned above — and a couple more — are in the conversations. Sporting News breaks down the talk heading into the new season with predictions, odds and the best bets for the Hart Trophy. The award is given to the league’s most valuable player and voted on by the members of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.

ODDS, PREDICTIONS: Stanley Cup | Calder | Vezina | Norris

Hart Trophy best bets

As mentioned below, this is McDavid’s trophy to lose — but there are a bunch of other guys who could snatch it away, including our dark horse prediction, Auston Matthews. Other guys who could break through include three-time finalist (including the last two cycles) Nathan MacKinnon, 2020 winner and McDavid teammate Leon Draisaitl and 2019 winner Nikita Kucherov, who missed all of last season with a hip injury (yes, we all know, he played in the postseason). There’s also Alex Ovechkin as he hunts for Wayne Gretzky’s record, Conn Smyth winner Andrei Vasilevskiy between the pipes and American sniper Patrick Kane.

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SN’s Hart Trophy dark horse prediction: Auston Matthews

Can you call a guy who won the 2021 Rocket Richard Trophy a dark horse? Debatable. But when you have McDavid hitting the ice, really anyone else is a dark horse. The American forward continues to get better and better. After scoring 47 goals in 70 games in 2019-20, he potted 41 in 52 last season. Translation: He almost scored a goal per game (0.79, to be exact). Oh, and he had a bad wrist for pretty much the entire season. The Leafs will rely heavily on Matthews’ offensive punch in 2021-22, and he’s expected to deliver; that said, most Leafs fans will be focused on one thing — the postseason.

SN’s Hart Trophy prediction: Connor McDavid

It’s Connor McDavid’s world, and we’re just living in it. At just 24 years old, he won his third career Art Ross Trophy (105 points in 56 games) and second career Hart Trophy — this one, as expected, unanimously — in 2021. McDavid is a dynamic force who creates offense at a moment’s notice. His speed is in another world and is powered by his stride and quick feet. How the Oilers go is how McDavid goes. According to Hockey Reference, he led the NHL in goals created per game (0.66), offensive point share (10.7) and point share (13.0) in 2021. There’s no stopping McDavid.

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2021-22 Hart Trophy winner odds

Odds courtesy of DraftKings.

Player Team Odds
Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers +200
Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche +650
Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs +950
Nikita Kucherov Tampa Bay Lightning +1200
David Pastrnak Boston Bruins +1600
Leon Draisaitl Edmonton Oilers +1600
Artemi Panarin New York Rangers +1600
Sebastian Aho Carolina Hurricanes +1900
Mikko Rantanen Colorado Avalanche +1900
Brayden Point Tampa Bay Lightning +1900
Andrei Vasilevskiy Tampa Bay Lightning +2200
Field All other players not listed +2200
Brad Marchand Boston Bruins +2500
Mathew Barzal New York Islanders +2500
Mitchell Marner Toronto Maple Leafs +2500
Aleksander Barkov Florida Panthers +2500
Mark Stone Vegas Golden Knights +2500
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks +3000
Cale Makar Colorado Avalanche +3000
Jonathan Huberdeau Florida Panthers +3500
Max Pacioretty Vegas Golden Knights +3500
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins +3500
Kirill Kaprizov Minnesota Wild +3500
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals +3500
Kyle Connor Winnipeg Jets +3500
Marc-Andre Fleury Chicago Blackhawks +4000
Philipp Grubauer Seattle Kraken +4000
Mark Scheifele Winnipeg Jets +4000
Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins +4000
Elias Pettersson Vancouver Canucks +4000
Sean Couturier Philadelphia Flyers +4000
Mika Zibanejad New York Rangers +4000
Jake Guentzel Pittsburgh Penguins +4000
Quinn Hughes Vancouver Canucks +4000
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings +4000
John Tavares Toronto Maple Leafs +4000
Nikolaj Ehlers Winnipeg Jets +4000
Ryan O’Reilly St. Louis Blues +4000
Connor Hellebuyck Winnipeg Jets +4000
Semyon Varlamov New York Islanders +4000
Adam Fox New York Rangers +4000
Petr Mrazek Toronto Maple Leafs +4000
Carey Price Montreal Canadiens +5000
Dougie Hamilton New Jersey Devils +5000
Victor Hedman Tampa Bay Lightning +5000
Brock Boeser Vancouver Canucks +5000
Jack Eichel Buffalo Sabres +5000
Thatcher Demko Vancouver Canucks +5000
Robin Lehner Vegas Golden Knights +5000
Igor Shesterkin New York Rangers +5000
Jordan Binnington St. Louis Blues +5000
William Nylander Toronto Maple Leafs +5000
Jason Robertson Dallas Stars +5000
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning +5000
Alex Debrincat Chicago Blackhawks +5000
Gabriel Landeskog Colorado Avalanche +5000
Brendan Gallagher Montreal Canadiens +5000
Teuvo Teravainen Carolina Hurricanes +5000
Andrei Svechnikov Carolina Hurricanes +5000





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