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  • The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the NHL’s regular-season points leader
  • Online sportsbooks intermittently release futures odds on who will take home the trophy
  • The graphs on this page track the average odds from the preseason to the playoffs

Nikita Kucherov enters the 2019-20 season as the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner. Kucherov’s 128-point total was the highest since 1995-96 when Mario Lemieux racked up 161.

But Kucherov (1.56 PPG) would have been neck and neck with Connor McDavid (1.48 PPG) if the Oilers star and two-time Art Ross-winner had played a full season. Oddsmakers had more confidence in McDavid heading into 2019-20, establishing the 23-year-old as preseason chalk at +280.

In the graphs below, see where the Art Ross futures opened and how they have changed over the course of the year.

Odds for 2020 Art Ross Trophy: Top Contenders

  • Nov. 1: Edmonton’s dynamic duo are still at the top, but the gap between the two is almost non-existent (+250 vs +275).
  • Oct. 23: The top-two favorites are now both Edmonton Oilers: McDavid is almost even money (+140), while Draisaitl is second at a distant +700.
  • Oct. 11: Kucherov has gotten a little longer (+280 to +300) while McDavid has gotten a little shorter (+280 to +250).
  • Sep. 15: Despite coming back from a broken leg, Connor McDavid has opened as the +280 favorite.

Art Ross Trophy Trophy Odds at BetOnline

Player (Team) Odds at BetOnline (Nov. 1, 2019)
Connor McDavid (Oilers) +250
Leon Draisaitl (Oilers) +275
Brad Marchand (Bruins) +600
David Pastrnak (Bruins) +600
Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche) +700
Alex Ovechkin (Capitals) +1000

Notable Art Ross Trophy Trophy Trends

  • Variety is the name of the game these days. Only one player has won multiple Art Ross trophies in the last decade (McDavid, 2016-17 & 2017-18).
  • That hasn’t always been the case. For just over 30 years (from 1980-2001), only three players won the Art Ross (Wayne Gretzky, Mario Lemieux, Jaromir Jagr).
  • Only one player over age 30 has led the NHL in points since 1997. In 2012-13, Martin St. Louis won at age 37. But that only adds more credence to the notion that the Art Ross is a sub-30 award as the 2012-13 season was strike-shortened. St. Louis’ aging body only had to play 48 games.

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