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  • The Art Ross Trophy is awarded to the NHL’s regular-season points leader
  • Leon Draisaitl was awarded the Art Ross trophy when the regular season was deemed over
  • The graphs on this page track the average odds from the preseason to the playoffs

Editor’s note (May 26): Commissioner Gary Bettman announced the regular season is over. Leon Draisaitl will be awarded the Art Ross trophy.

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

  • Mar. 2: The race is all but over thanks to McDavid’s injury. Draisaitl leads the scoring race by 11 points with only 15-18 games to go for each team.
  • Feb. 3: McDavid is still the odds-on favorite, but his odds have gotten longer, now sitting at -140 because he trails Draisaitl by two points for the scoring title.
  • Jan. 3: McDavid is now a prohibitively short -275 favorite; his teammate Leon Draisaitl (+275) remains his closest competitor.
  • Dec. 2: McDavid has taken over the scoring lead, but is still at plus-money on average (+130), somewhat surprisingly.
  • 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

Player (Team) Odds
Leon Draisaitl (Oilers) -900
Connor McDavid (Oilers) +350
David Pastrnak (Bruins) +1600
Artemi Panarin (Rangers) +1600

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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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With five years of sports journalism under his belt already, Ryan Sura may be young, but he is already making his mark. He has written for publications such as Fantasy Pros, SB Nation and TSN.ca, covering NFL, NBA, and college sports.