2014-15 NHL Player Award Futures

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

Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins+250
Ryan GetzlafAnaheim Ducks+400
Tyler SeguinDallas Stars+500
Alex OvechkinWashington Capitals+600
Corey PerryAnaheim Ducks+800
Claude GirouxPhiladelphia Flyers+850

Hart Memorial Trophy

PlayerTeamBovada (12/4)BetOnline (9/20)
Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins+115+325
Tyler SeguinDallas Stars+500N/A
Steven StamkosTampa Bay Lightning+550+600
Evgeni MalkinPittsburgh Penguins+700N/A
Claude GirouxPhiladelphia Flyers+750+1000
John TavaresNew York Islanders+1000+800
Patrick KaneChicago Blackhawks+1400+1600
Ryan GetzlafAnaheim Ducks+2000+500
Corey PerryAnaheim Ducks+2000N/A
Jonathan ToewsChicago Blackhawks+2000+1000
Alex OvechkinWashington Capitals+2500+1400
Patrice BergeronBoston Bruins+2500N/A
Mark GiordanoCalgary Flames+5000N/A
Anze KopitarLos Angeles KingsN/A+1600

Vezina Trophy

Henrik LundqvistNew York Rangers+250
Tuukka RaskBoston Bruins+250
Carey PriceMontreal Canadiens+550
Jonathan QuickLos Angeles Kings+800
Pekka RinneNashville Predators+800
Cory SchneiderNew Jersey Devils+1000
Josh HardingMinnesota Wild+1200
Corey CrawfordChicago Blackhawks+1400
Ben BishopTampa Bay Lightning+1600
Brian ElliottSt. Louis Blues+2000

Calder Trophy

PlayerTeamBovada (12/4)
Filip ForsbergNashville Predators-150
Johnny GaudreauCalgary Flames+350
Aaron EkbladFlorida Panthers+450
Tanner PearsonLos Angeles Kings+650
Andre BurakovskyWashington Capitals+650
Damon SeversonNew 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 was the Content Manager at Sports Insights. He has since moved on to greener pastures.

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