2017-18 NHL Awards Odds

2017-18 NHL Awards Odds

With the start of the regular season getting underway this week, Paddy Power has posted their odds for most of the NHL awards. Let’s take a look at who oddsmakers think has the best chance to take home the hardware when it’s all said and done. For a more detailed look at the Hart Trophy odds, click here.

The Art Ross trophy is awarded to the league’s most prolific scorer by season’s end. Connor McDavid, last year’s Art Ross winner, was the only player to record 100-points last season. To nobody’s surprise, the young phenom is the favorite lead the league in points for the second consecutive time.

While there isn’t much value to be had betting on McDavid (+260), further down the list guys like Nikita Kucherov (+1400) and Jack Eichel (+1700) are smarter wagers. In only 74 games last season, Kucherov racked up 85 points and could surpass that total with a healthy Steven Stamkos back in the mix.

Eichel nearly averaged a point-per-game as a 20-year-old despite missing the first two months of the season with a sprained left ankle. Mark Scheifele also offers great value at +1700. The 24-year-old center was one of only seven players to record 80+ points last year.

Art Ross

PlayerPaddy Power (10/4)
Connor McDavid+260
Sidney Crosby+333
Patrick Kane+500
Jamie Benn+850
Ryan Getzlaf+1400
Alex Ovechkin+1400
Evgeni Malkin+1400
Tyler Seguin +1400
Auston Matthews+1400
Nikita Kucherov+1400
Nicklas Backstrom +1400
Steven Stamkos+1700
Brad Marchand+1700
Jack Eichel +1700
Johnny Guadreau +1700
Brent Burns +1700
Valdimir Tarasenko +1700
Mark Scheifele +1700

The Norris Trophy is awarded to the top defenseman in the league. Voters have different criteria for how they gauge a player’s Norris candidacy, but recently offense has played a significant role in projecting which defender wins the award.

Last season’s recipient, Brent Burns, isn’t your typical stay-at-home defenseman. He put together a better season offensively than most forwards can only dream of achieving. The elite blueliner finished with an eye-popping 29 goals and 76 points.

This season Burns has the second-best odds at +450, behind two-time Norris Trophy winner Erik Karlsson, who’s listed at +300. My favorite pick to win the Norris this season is Victor Hedman, who has the third best odds at +500.

The 6’6 Swede is primed for another terrific year after breaking out with 72 points, 25 more than he amassed in 2015-16. After finishing seventh and third in the voting the last two seasons, Hedman is trending upwards and will continue to be a key-cog for the Tampa Bay Lighting.

Norris 

PlayerPaddy Power (10/4)
Erik Karlsson+300
Brent Burns+450
Victor Hedman +500
Kris Letang+450
PK Subban+900
Drew Doughty +1200
Roman Josi+1400
Dustin Byfuglien+1400
Justin Faulk+1700
Duncan Keith +1700
Oliver Ekman-Larsson+1700
John Klingberg +2000
Shea Weber+2000
Ryan Suter+2000
Dougie Hamilton +2200

The winner of the Rocket Richard trophy is the player who finishes with the most goals. After four consecutive years of leading the league in goals, Alex Ovechkin ceded the goal-scoring title to Sidney Crosby (44 goals).

Considering the Rocket Richard has been won by either Ovechkin or Crosby eight of the last eleven seasons, oddsmakers like the chances of one of the two stars capturing the trophy again in 2017-18. Ovechkin is the favorite at +333 to retake the crown, with Crosby sitting close behind at +550.

Some value picks I like to take home the hardware are Patrik Laine and Jamie Benn. Laine, who’s available at +1400, will be entering his second year as a pro after exploding onto the scene with 36 goals as a rookie. The Finnish sniper has a knack for finding the back of the net, and as he gets more comfortable at the NHL level his goal totals will likely continue to rise.

Benn (+1600) is another player who has the potential to lead the league in goals. He’s coming off down year, but is only a year removed from a 41-goal season. I like Benn’s chances to bounce back on a revamped Dallas Stars team.

Rocket Richard

PlayerPaddy Power (10/4)
Alex Ovechkin+333
Sidney Crosby +550
Vladimir Tarasenko+750
Connor McDavid+900
Steven Stamkos+900
Nikita Kucherov+900
Auston Matthews+1100
Patrik Kane+1100
Joe Pavelski +1400
Patrik Laine+1400
Jamie Benn+1600
Max Paccioretty +1600
Brad Marchand +1600
Evgeni Malkin+1600
Tyler Seguin +1800
Jack Eichel +2200
Phil Kessel+2500
Blake Wheeler +2500

The Vezina is the trophy awarded to the league’s best goalie. Last year’s winner, Sergei Bobrovsky isn’t a favorite to win again this season as he’s listed at +1100. According to oddsmakers the goalies most likely to win the Vezina in 2017-18 are Carey Price (+400) and Braden Holtby (+400).

I was surprised to see Cam Talbot at +1300, as he’s a sharp under-the-radar choice. The workhorse for the Edmonton Oilers is coming off a campaign where he led the league in games started with 73.

That number will almost certainly decline this season, but Talbot has proven he’s the real deal and it wouldn’t shock me if he’s in the Vezina conversation again after the season concludes. It also doesn’t hurt that the Oilers are projected to finish with the most points.

Vezina 

PlayerPaddy Power (10/4)
Carey Price+400
Braden Holtby+400
Devan Dubnyk+750
Ben Bishop+900
Matt Murray+1100
Henrik Lundqvist+1100
Sergei Bobrovsky+1100
Mike Smith+1300
Frederik Andersen+1300
Cam Talbot+1300
Andrei Vasilevskiy +1400
Tuukka Rask +1400
Corey Schneider+1700
Jonathan Quick +1700
Jake Allen+1700
Pekka Rinne+2200
Scott Darling+2200
Marc-Andre Fleury +2500
Craig Anderson+2500
John Gibson+2500
Corey Crawford+2500

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Mike Marsh

Mike Marsh is a Sports Information Specialist at Sports Insights. He can be reached via email at mike.marsh@actionnetwork.com.

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