2016-17 NHL Awards Odds

Sports Interaction, one of Canada’s most well-known sportsbooks, has posted their odds for most of the NHL awards for the upcoming season. With the season set to start just one week from today, we take a look at how the Canadian oddsmakers expect the hockey season to shake out. For a more detailed look at the Hart Trophy odds, click here.

The Art Ross Trophy is given to the league’s top scorer each year. Since there’s no voting or judgment with this award, all you have to do is take your best guess at who will score the most points. To nobody’s surprise, Sidney Crosby is listed as the favorite at +200. In the past three seasons, Crosby has scored 104, 84, and 85 points, respectively. He is a safe bet, but the payout isn’t great. If you are looking to take a long-shot, Johnny Gaudreau provides terrific value at +3200. In his sophomore season last year, Gaudreau scored 78 points in 79 games. His Patrick Kane-like skills should allow him to improve upon that total in his age-23 season.

ART ROSS

Player Paddy Power (11/30) SIA (10/5)
Connor McDavid +170 +600
Nikita Kucherov +550 +7200
Sidney Crosby +700 +200
Patrick Kane +700 +495
Mark Scheifele +1000 N/A
Vladimir Tarasenko +1300 +1500
Tyler Seguin +1300 +1500
Evgeni Malkin +1300 +3000
Artemi Panarin +1700 N/A
Joe Pavelski +2000 +3500
Claude Giroux +2000 +3500
Brent Burns +2200 N/A
Jamie Benn +2500 +600
Erik Karlsson +2500 +2000
John Tavares +3000 +900
Alex Ovechkin +3000 +1500
Corey Perry +3000 N/A
Blake Wheeler +3500 N/A
Ryan Getzlaf +4000 +3000
Auston Matthews +4000 N/A
Nicklas Backstrom N/A +2500
Steven Stamkos N/A +3000
Johnny Gaudreau N/A +3200
Joe Thornton N/A +5000
Evgeny Kuznetsov N/A +6000
Anze Kopitar N/A +7500

The Calder Memorial Trophy, or rookie of the year, has a clear-cut favorite in Auston Matthews. Matthews, listed at -160, is this year’s Connor McDavid and has a similar situation on a rebuilding Maple Leafs team. Last year, a relatively unknown player named Artemi Panarin quickly made headlines playing alongside Patrick Kane and eventually earned himself the Calder by amassing 77 points. Some of these players could be risky picks since there’s no guarantee they will even play in the NHL for the entire season. However, the last player listed, Jesse Puljujarvi, is a smart risk to take at +1500. This year’s 4th overall pick could play alongside one of three very talented centers (McDavid, Nugent-Hopkins, Draisaitl), which gives him a good chance at racking up some goals.

CALDER

Player Paddy Power (11/30) SIA (10/5)
Auston Matthews +210 -160
Patrik Laine +260 +275
Zach Werenski +333 N/A
Mitchell Marner +450 N/A
Matt Murray +850 N/A
William Nylander +1000 +1000
Jimmy Vesey +1700 +1200
Travis Konecny +2000 N/A
Ivan Provorov +3000 N/A
Matthew Tkachuk +3000 N/A
Sebastian Aho +3500 N/A
Dylan Strome N/A +800
Pierre-Luc Dubois N/A +1200
Jesse Puljujarvi N/A +1500

The James Norris Trophy is given to the league’s best defenseman each season. While it is up to the voters to determine how they define “best defenseman”, the winner is generally a key contributor in the offensive end, as well. That being said, it makes sense that Erik Karlsson is the favorite at +290. Karlsson, who has won the award twice, finished with 82 points last year. Last year’s winner, Drew Doughty, edged out Karlsson in the voting for his first Norris. He is listed at +600.

The two franchise defensemen that swapped homes this summer, PK Subban and Shea Weber, both have less than 10/1 payouts, but given the uncertainty of how they will transition to their new teams, I would stay clear of both. One long-shot I like is John Klingberg, who finished 6th in the voting last year. With elite forwards like Jamie Benn, Tyler Seguin, and Jason Spezza playing in front of him, he will get the chance to put up a bunch of points, especially on the power play. And at +2500, he certainly provides great value.

NORRIS 

Player Paddy Power (11/30) SIA (10/5)
Brent Burns +350 +700
Erik Karlsson +450 +290
Shea Weber +450 +850
Victor Hedman +700 N/A
Duncan Keith +1000 +700
Kevin Shattenkirk +1000 +2000
Zach Werenski +1000 N/A
Ryan Suter +1200 +2500
Kris Letang +1300 +700
Drew Doughty +1700 +600
Shayne Gostisbehere +1700 +3000
Brent Seabrook +1700 N/A
Ryan McDonagh +2000 N/A
Oliver Ekman-Larsson +2000 +2500
PK Subban +2500 +700
Roman Josi +2500 +1000
Alex Pietrangelo +2500 N/A
Dustin Byfuglien +3000 +2500
John Klingberg +3500 +2500
Mark Giordano N/A +1200
John Carlson N/A +2500

The Rocket Richard Trophy, like the Art Ross Trophy, is a non-voting award that is handed to the league’s top goal scorer. Alex Ovechkin has won the award four straight times and is favored again this season at +200. Like Crosby with the Art Ross, Ovechkin is a relatively safe bet to make. He consistently takes around 400 shots each season and given his shooting percentage, that should result in approximately 50 goals. The question is, will anybody else be able to reach 50 this year? To score 50 goals, you need to take a ton of shots, and the forward closest to Ovechkin’s total of 398 last year was Max Pacioretty at 303. Tarasenko, Kane, and Seguin were also relatively close to 300, so if you feel that one of them can get that total closer to the 350 mark, they should be able to compete with Ovechkin.

ROCKET RICHARD

Player Paddy Power (11/30) SIA (10/5)
Alex Ovechkin +260 +200
Sidney Crosby +260 +1400
David Pastrnak +850 N/A
Nikita Kucherov +1000 +2500
Mark Scheifele +1000 N/A
Patrick Laine +1000 N/A
Connor McDavid +1300 +1600
Wayne Simmonds +1700 N/A
Vladimir Tarasenko +2000 +550
Patrick Kane +2200 +600
Jonathan Marchessault +2500 N/A
Alex Galchenyuk +2500 N/A
Rick Nash +2500 N/A
Auston Matthews +2500 N/A
Evgeni Malkin +2500 N/A
Artem Anisimov +2500 N/A
Brent Burns +3000 N/A
Jeff Skinner +3000 N/A
Artemi Panarin +3000 N/A
Jamie Benn +3500 +1000
Joe Pavelski +3500 +1200
Tyler Seguin +3500 +1800
Johnny Gaudreau N/A +2000
Max Pacioretty N/A +2500
Corey Perry N/A +1200
Brad Marchand N/A +2500
Steven Stamkos N/A +700
John Tavares N/A +1400

The Vezina Trophy, or league’s best goaltender, has probably been the most inconsistent trophy in recent history. Over the past ten seasons, eight different goaltenders have won it. Last year, Braden Holtby ran away with the award, receiving 26 of 30 first place votes. He is listed second on SIA’s odds list to Carey Price, the previous year’s winner, who missed most of last season due to injury. The big question is whether Price will come back as the same player that he was in the 2014-15 season. I don’t believe that he will. One goalie that I like is Ben Bishop at +750. Bishop has a 2nd and 3rd place finish to his name and could finally bring home the hardware this season if he continues to put up good numbers. The Lightning are also expected to be one of the top teams in the league, which is very helpful when it comes to the Vezina voting.

VEZINA 

Player Paddy Power (11/30) SIA (10/5)
Carey Price -138 +350
Tuukka Rask +333 +950
Devan Dubnyk +333 N/A
Braden Holtby +1300 +500
Sergei Bobrovsky +1300 N/A
Cam Talbot +2500 N/A
Cory Schneider +3000 +950
Henrik Lundqvist +3500 +750
Corey Crawford +3500 +850
Roberto Luongo +3500 +1400
Martin Jones +3500 +1500
Jake Allen +4000 +2000
Craig Anderson +5000 N/A
John Gibson N/A +3000
Ben Bishop N/A +750
Brian Elliott N/A +3000
Pekka Rinne N/A +800
Jonathan Quick N/A +850
Petr Mrazek N/A +3000

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Mark is a Sports Betting Specialist for Sports Insights. He can be reached at mark@sportsinsights.com.

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