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 Odds, Divisional 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 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|
|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|
|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.