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Connor McDavid is a good bet to score in every hockey game he plays and the All-Star game in San Jose is no exception. With his offensive prowess in mind BetOnline has made McDavid a heavy favorite to bring home the MVP. Here’s a breakdown for McDavid’s chances of capturing the MVP, along with three other players that could be worth your action:
2019 NHL All-Star Game MVP Odds
|Who Will Be Named MVP of the 2019 NHL All-Star Game?||Odds at BetOnline (01/25/19)|
|Connor McDavid (PAC)||+500|
|Nikita Kucherov (ATL)||+900|
|Auston Matthews (ATL)||+900|
|Sidney Crosby (MET)||+1000|
|Nathan Mackinnon (CEN)||+1000|
|Johnny Gaudeau (PAC)||+1000|
|Elias Pettersson (PAC)||+1200|
|John Tavares (ATL)||+1200|
|Claude Giroux (MET)||+1400|
|Mark Scheifele (CEN)||+1400|
|Cam Atkinson (MET)||+1600|
|Mikko Rantanen (CEN)||+1600|
|Patrick Kane (CEN)||+1600|
|Brent Burns (PAC)||+1600|
|Erik Karlsson (PAC)||+1600|
|Steven Stamkos (ATL)||+2000|
|Leon Draisaitl (PAC)||+2000|
|Joe Pavelski (PAC)||+2000|
Connor McDavid (+500)
The NHL All-Star Game is a three-on-three contest with little to no defense being played. McDavid takes advantage of NHL teams and defenses with five players on the ice while they try their hardest to stop him. This game is specifically designed to showcase the skills McDavid has in spades: speed and scoring finish.
In spite of struggles, the @EdmontonOilers have seen Connor McDavid at his best practically all year & with his current totals he's tied for 2nd on this all-time franchise list of young superstars pic.twitter.com/RfdhCww7hJ
— StatsCentre (@StatsCentre) January 25, 2019
He’s putting up another fantastic season with 73 points in 49 games at the break. There’s also the turmoil that could ramp up McDavid’s intensity in the All-Star Game. He spent media day answering question after question about the recently fired Peter Chiarelli and his future in Edmonton.
The best way to stop the noise? Change the conversation with an MVP worthy performance. The price is steep though, he’s paying only +500 in a game that has 40 of the best players in the world (assuming a goalie doesn’t somehow capture the MVP).
Johnny Gaudreau (+1000)
My choice for league MVP at the All-Star break is getting decent odds for MVP. Since December 4th, Gaudreau leads the league in scoring with 42 points. He is on a James Harden-like tear offensively. He’s shifty, fast and skilled, all great things in this format. He’s also on the same team as McDavid, Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson.
As bad as the Pacific Division has been as a whole this season, when you cherry pick the best players it becomes a loaded lineup for the All-Star Game. One other reason to cheer for Johnny Hockey? If he beats McDavid for the MVP, he can give us another great dance celebration.
Johnny Gaudreau is pumped up after a big win in Edmonton pic.twitter.com/5FnMWZYhCy
— Heart of NHL (@HeartofNHL) January 20, 2019
Elias Pettersson (+1200)
Elias Pettersson is running away with the Calder Trophy. He’s been dominant in his first season with the Canucks tallying 45 points in 40 games. The All-Star Game is often a coming out party and I could see Pettersson putting up a performance like Dany Heatley did in 2003.
On this day in 2003, Atlanta's Dany Heatley scored four goals to tie an NHL All-Star Game record. The West defeated the East 6-5 in a shootout, with Heatley taking home MVP honours pic.twitter.com/UduDESW2VL
— Mike Commito (@mikecommito) February 2, 2018
Just like Gaudreau and McDavid, Pettersson is part of the loaded Pacific Division team that is likely to score goals in bunches. He’s a good bet to cement his status as one of the games young stars in San Jose.
Steven Stamkos (+2000)
Steven Stamkos is in cruise control playing for the soon-to-be President’s Trophy winners in Tampa. He’s been overshadowed by Nikita Kucherov, Victor Hedman and even goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy, but he’s in the middle of a great season.
The one part of Stamkos’ game that has slipped slightly since his injuries is his skating speed, but they’re playing three-on-three where it’s more about position, creativity, and space.
Stamkos is on pace to finish with 95 points which would tie his career-high. He’s playing on a team with Kucherov, Auston Matthews and John Tavares. Like the Pacific Division, the Atlantic is likely to score and score often as well.
The one part of Stamkos’ game that has slipped slightly since his injuries is his skating speed, but they’re playing three-on-three where it’s more about position, creativity, and space. At +2000 he’s definitely providing great value at the very least.
Picking an MVP winner on rosters this talented could feel a little bit like throwing a dart at a board, but I’d consider two things when making a play: Who has buzz entering the game that will garner him extra attention, and who has the unique skill set to separate themselves from their big-name teammates? Johnny Gaudreau checks both of the boxes and is the best play on the board for my money.
PICK: Johnny Gaudreau will win All-Star Game MVP (+1000)