2014-15 NHL Player Award Futures

We’re more than one quarter of the way through the NHL season and we’re starting to gain some more clarity regarding the playoff picture and award races. Previously we’ve written about Stanley Cup Futures, Playoff OddsDivisional Odds and Point Totals, and those articles are continually updated throughout the season.

Back in late September, BetOnline released a series of prop bets regarding three of the biggest NHL player awards. Although those odds were taken off the board when the season started, Bovada recently posted updated odds for a few of these prestigious awards.

Last season Penguins center Sidney Crosby (104 points) easily beat out Ryan Getzlaf (87 points) for the Art Ross Trophy which is awarded every year to the league’s top scorer. Crosby also edged out Getzlaf (and Claude Giroux) for the Hart Memorial Trophy which is awarded to the Most Valuable Player during the regular season.

The one award Sid the Kid did not win was the Vezina Trophy, which is awarded annually to the league’s best goaltender. That honor went to Bruins goalie Tuukka Rask who bested Tampa Bay’s Ben Bishop and Colorado’s Semyon Varlamov.

The tables below displays the preseason award odds at BetOnline along with updated odds from Bovada. Although no sportsbook posted odds for the Calder Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year) before the season, Bovada did post that prop in early December

Art Ross Trophy

Player Team Odds
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins +250
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks +400
Tyler Seguin Dallas Stars +500
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals +600
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks +800
Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers +850

Hart Memorial Trophy

Player Team Bovada (12/4) BetOnline (9/20)
Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins +115 +325
Tyler Seguin Dallas Stars +500 N/A
Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning +550 +600
Evgeni Malkin Pittsburgh Penguins +700 N/A
Claude Giroux Philadelphia Flyers +750 +1000
John Tavares New York Islanders +1000 +800
Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks +1400 +1600
Ryan Getzlaf Anaheim Ducks +2000 +500
Corey Perry Anaheim Ducks +2000 N/A
Jonathan Toews Chicago Blackhawks +2000 +1000
Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals +2500 +1400
Patrice Bergeron Boston Bruins +2500 N/A
Mark Giordano Calgary Flames +5000 N/A
Anze Kopitar Los Angeles Kings N/A +1600

Vezina Trophy

Player Team Odds
Henrik Lundqvist New York Rangers +250
Tuukka Rask Boston Bruins +250
Carey Price Montreal Canadiens +550
Jonathan Quick Los Angeles Kings +800
Pekka Rinne Nashville Predators +800
Cory Schneider New Jersey Devils +1000
Josh Harding Minnesota Wild +1200
Corey Crawford Chicago Blackhawks +1400
Ben Bishop Tampa Bay Lightning +1600
Brian Elliott St. Louis Blues +2000

Calder Trophy

Player Team Bovada (12/4)
Filip Forsberg Nashville Predators -150
Johnny Gaudreau Calgary Flames +350
Aaron Ekblad Florida Panthers +450
Tanner Pearson Los Angeles Kings +650
Andre Burakovsky Washington Capitals +650
Damon Severson New Jersey Devils +650

You may be interested to know that prior to the start of the 2013-14 NHL season, Sidney Crosby was the favorite to win the Art Ross Trophy (+225) and Hart Memorial Trophy (+300). Although Tuukka Rask (+700) was clearly considered a top contender for the Vezina last season, both Henrik Lundqvist (+400) and Jonathan Quick (+500) had better odds than the Bruins net minder.

Note: Historical futures taken from SportsOddsHistory.com

It’s no surprise that Sidney Crosby’s MVP odds have jumped from +325 to +115 since the start of the season. The star forward is currently tied with Jakub Voracek for the league’s lead in scoring with 33 points.

It’s also interesting to see that Stars forward Tyler Seguin, who leads the league with 18 goals, has the third best odds of winning the Hart Memorial Trophy (+500) despite not being listed as an option before the season.

Which players do you think are being undervalued? ArIte there any missing players who should be listed? Will Sidney Crosby win his third career MVP? Please leave any thoughts or comments in the section below.

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David Solar

David Solar is the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He specializes in sports betting analytics and creating data-driven betting systems. He can be reached directly at david@sportsinsights.com or on twitter at @TheDavidSolar.

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