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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2021 NHL Hart Trophy?
  • Colorado’s Nathan MacKinnon opens as the favorite to win this year’s Hart Trophy
  • Track and visualize how odds fluctuate throughout the 2020-21 NHL campaign

The Professional Hockey Writers’ Association has awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy to the league’s most valuable player since 1926, a whopping 16 years before the original six era officially began. With 31 teams in the NHL and league parity at an all-time high, the Hart Trophy race has never been more exciting.

We’ll be tracking all the odds available at sportsbooks all year, providing you with coverage on how notable players’ odds to win the Hart fluctuate throughout the season.

Odds for 2021 Hart Trophy

  • [Nov 9, 2020]: Nathan MacKinnon has opened as the favorite to win the 2021 Hart Trophy at +650. Last year’s winner Leon Draisaitl has opened at +1150 odds

2021 Hart Trophy Top Contenders

Player Odds
Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche) +650
Connor McDavid (Oilers) +700
Artemi Panarin (Rangers) +1000
Nikita Kucherov (Lightning) +1100
Leon Draisaitl (Oilers) +1150
Jack Eichel (Sabres) +1400
Auston Matthews (Leafs) +1600
David Pastrnak (Bruins) +1700
Brayden Point (Lightning) +1700
Taylor Hall (Sabres) +2000

Odds taken Nov. 9

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NHL Hart Trophy Trends to Consider

  • No non-forward has won the Hart in the last 15 years with the sole exception of Carey Price in 2014-2015.
  • It’s almost impossible for players to win the Hart Trophy if their teams don’t make the playoffs. It hasn’t happened since Mario Lemieux won the trophy in 1988 and only four times in this history of the league.
  • The player who wins the Hart will likely lead the league in either goals, points, or both. The only two post-lockout exceptions to this rule are Taylor Hall in 2018 and Carey Price in 2015.
  • Hockey writers not only focus on larger market teams when they cast their votes, but they tend to vote for players in the Eastern Conference. In the post-lockout era, 10 out of 14 Hart Trophy-winners have played in the East.

2021 Hart Trophy Odds for Players on Canadian Teams

Canadian teams are home to a lot of top-flight talent this season, including three of the last 10 winners in Leon Draisaitl (2020), Connor McDavid (2017), and Carey Price (2015).

2021 Hart Trophy Odds for Previous Winners

 

 Last 10 Hart Trophy Winners

Year Player Goals Assists Points Age
2019-2020 Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) 43 67 110 24
2018-2019 Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) 41 87 128 25
2017-2018 Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils) 39 54 93 26
2016-2017 Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) 30 70 100 20
2015-2016 Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) 46 60 106 27
2014-2015 Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) N/A (1.96 GAA) N/A (.933 SV%) N/A (44 W) 27
2013-2014 Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) 36 68 104 26
2012-2013 Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) 32 24 56 27
2011-2012 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) 50 59 109 25
2010-2011 Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks) 50 48 98 25

The median age of Hart Trophy winners in the last 10 years is 25. The youngest winner over the last 10 years is Connor McDavid, who was only 20 when he won the Hart in 2017.

Carey Price was the first goaltender to win the Hart Trophy in 2016 in over 10 years. Jose Theodore won the Hart in 2002 with the Montreal Canadiens as well.

 Players with Multiple Hart Trophies

Player Hart Trophies Years
Wayne Gretzky 9 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1989
Gordie Howe 6 1952, 1953, 1957, 1958, 1960, 1963
Eddie Shore 4 1933, 1935, 1936, 1938
Bobby Clarke 3 1973, 1975, 1976
Mario Lemieux 3 1988, 1993, 1996
Howie Morenz 3 1928, 1931, 1932
Bobby Orr 3 1970, 1971, 1972
Alexander Ovechkin 3 2007, 2008, 2013
Sidney Crosby 2 2007, 2014
Dominik Hasek 2 1997, 1998
Phil Esposito 2 1969, 1974
Mark Messier 2 1990, 1992

Archived Hart Trophy odds: 2020, 2019

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