- Detroit Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider is the +225 favorite to win the Calder Trophy as NHL rookie of the year
- Anaheim Ducks forward Trevor Zegras is the second betting choice at odds of +275
- See the updated Calder Trophy odds, along with which rookie holds the best value to win
It’s been a few seasons since the NHL has seen this many contenders in the Calder Trophy odds that the 2021-22 season is showing.
From the Detroit Red Wings tandem of Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond to Trevor Zegras of the Anaheim Ducks, Michael Bunting of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Tanner Jeannot of the Nashville Predators, the quality of NHL rookies this year is as impressive as it is extensive.
Montreal’s Cole Caufield, who’s endured a rough rookie campaign, was the preseason favorite in the Calder Trophy odds. By October, Zegras had taken over the favorite’s role. November saw Raymond rise to be the cream of the crop.
Lately, though, there’s been another change at the top. Currently, it’s Seider who is standing as the Calder chalk at +225.
Calder Trophy Odds
|Moritz Seider (Red Wings)||+225|
|Trevor Zegras (Ducks)||+275|
|Lucas Raymond (Red Wings)||+300|
|Michael Bunting (Maple Leafs)||+450|
|Anton Lundell (Panthers)||+900|
|Tanner Jeannot (Predators)||+2000|
|Matt Boldy (Wild)||+2000|
|Jeremy Swayman (Bruins)||+2000|
|Dawson Mercer (Devils)||+3500|
|Alex Newhook (Avalanche)||+5000|
|Seth Jarvis (Hurricanes)||+5000|
|Alex Nedeljkovic (Red Wings)||+5000|
|Cole Caufield (Canadiens)||+6000|
|Spencer Knight (Panthers)||+7500|
|Jamie Drysdale (Ducks)||+7500|
|Vasily Podkolzin (Canucks)||+10000|
|Bowen Byram (Avalanche)||+10000|
|Karel Vejmelka (Coyotes)||+10000|
|Jonathan Dahlen (Sharks)||+10000|
Odds as of March 1st at DraftKings Sportsbook
No Red Wings player has been named NHL rookie of the year since goalie Roger Crozier won the Calder in 1964-65. Michigan sports bettors can hold their heads high heading into the home stretch of the regular season with two top contenders in the Calder Trophy odds.
Zegras Loses Lead in Calder Trophy Odds
If flash were the deciding factor in determining the Calder winner, Zegras would be the frontrunner. His improvisational revision of the so-called Michigan play, lifting the puck behind the net and flipping it out to teammate Sonny Milano for a baseball swing goal, will be the NHL’s highlight of the year.
— B/R Open Ice (@BR_OpenIce) February 23, 2022
Third among rookie scorers with 39 points, Zegras is helping the Ducks make a surprising appearance in the NHL playoff bracket. However, his -15 rating is the worst among the top-10 rookie scorers. Zegras held the top spot in the Calder Trophy odds, but Red Wings defenseman Moritz Seider has surpassed him.
Michigan Sports Bettors Lucky to Have Two Rookie Contenders
Detroit’s Raymond leads all rookie scorers with 42 points in 53 games. He’s fallen off, though, from the point-a-game pace he was on during the first quarter of the campaign.
— NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) February 27, 2022
He’s rebounded lately, however. Raymond has netted four goals in the last six games. He tallied once over the previous 23 games.
Seider doesn’t just lead NHL rookies with 34 assists, he leads the Red Wings in that department. He tops all rookies in power-play points (16), time on ice (22:56), and blocked shots (102).
Updated Calder Trophy Pick & Prediction
Playing for the Leafs, contenders to win the Atlantic in the NHL Divisional odds, Bunting leads all rookies with 19 goals. The Florida Panthers are also in the hunt to win the Atlantic. Florida forward Anton Lundell is a rookie-leading +29 and has 28 points since Dec. 2.
TANNER JEANNOT FROM OXBOW FOR CALDER pic.twitter.com/fR9Dui5O1d
— World Hockey Report (@worldhockeyrpt) February 23, 2022
Intriguing value is offered by Jeannot. With 18 goals, he’s battled for the lead in that department all season long. Jeannot also leads all NHL rookies with 179 hits.
Yes, there are a lot of Calder contenders. Really, though, there is only one candidate.
Seider is the man. Goaltender is the most important position on the ice but defense is the most difficult to master. Hockey theories are that it takes a defender 200 games to become comfortable patrolling an NHL blueline. It took Seider about 200 minutes to locate his comfort zone.
Seider is already Detroit’s #1 defenseman. He plays in all situations and is capable of playing any style of game that is required.
Teammate Raymond simply describes Seider as a force.
A force to be reckoned with. Seider currently holds the best value at +225 in the Calder Trophy odds. Barstool Sportsbook still lists the German defenseman at +275 if you’re looking for better value.
Pick: Moritz Seider (+225) at DraftKings Sportsbook