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  • The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the NHL’s regular-season points leader
  • Connor McDavid is the odds-on favorite to win the Art Ross Trophy
  • The graphs on this page track the average odds from the preseason to the playoffs

Leon Draisaitl enters the 2020-21 season as the reigning Art Ross Trophy winner. Draisaitl finished the 2019-20 NHL season with 43 goals and 67 assists for 110 points in 71 games.

In the graphs below, see where the Art Ross futures opened and how the odds change over the course of the year.

Odds for Top Art Ross Trophy Contenders

  • [May 21]: Connor McDavid has captured his third Art Ross trophy scoring 105 points in 56 games. McDavid opened the season as a +275 favorite, and has been the odds-on favorite to win since February.
  • [Mar 17]: As the Florida Panthers continue to roll, Aleksander Barkov continues to tally high point totals. Barkov’s average odds have shortened from +6300 to +3900.
  • [Feb 24]: Patrick Kane continues to carry the Blackhawks through this rocky season. Kane has tallied eight points in his last three games as his average odds shortened from +1900 to +1175.
  • [Feb 8]: Washington Capitals forward Nicklas Backstrom’s average odds have dropped from +8100 to +2000. Backstrom has six goals and 17 points in 12 games this season.
  • [Jan 26]: With 10 points in seven games, Leafs’ Mitch Marner has seen his average odds shrink from +1833 to +1050.
  • [Jan 6]: Lightning forward Nikita Kucherov has fallen out of the race for the Art Ross Trophy as he will miss the regular-season after undergoing hip surgery. Brayden Point has seen his average odds jump +5000 to +1900 with Kucherov out for the season.
  • [Dec 15]: Connor McDavid has opened as the favorite to win the 2021 Art Ross Trophy at +275. McDavid’s teammate, and last year’s winner, Leon Draisaitl has opened as the second favorite with +500 odds.

Art Ross Trophy Odds

Player (Team) Odds at Betfred
Connor McDavid (Oilers) -286
Leon Draisaitl (Oilers) +450
Patrick Kane (Blackhawks) +650
Mitch Marner (Leafs) +700
Auston Matthews (Leafs) +1700
Mark Scheifele (Jets) +2300
Jonathan Huberdeau (Panthers) +3500
Brad Marchand (Bruins) +3500
Nicklas Backstrom (Capitals) +4000
Mark Stone (Golden Knights) +4000
Anze Kopitar (Kings) +4000
Aleksander Barkov (Panthers) +4500
Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche) +5000
J.T. Miller (Canucks) +5000
Mikko Rantanen (Avalanche) +5500
Steven Stamkos (Lightning) +5500
Nikolaj Ehlers (Jets) +6000
Patrice Bergeron (Bruins) +6000
David Pastrnak (Bruins) +6000
Brayden Point (Lightning) +6000

Odds taken Mar 17th, 2021

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Notable 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.

10 Past Winners

Year Player Points
2020 Leon Draisaitl 110
2019 Nikita Kucherov 128
2018 Connor McDavid 108
2017 Connor McDavid 100
2016 Patrick Kane 106
2015 Jamie Benn 87
2014 Sidney Crosby 104
2013* Martin St. Louis 60
2012 Evgeni Malkin 109
2011 Daniel Sedin 104

*Denotes Lockout Season – Only 48 Games Played


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