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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2022 NHL Hart Trophy?
  • Auston Matthews is the current favorite after winning last year’s award
  • Track and visualize how odds fluctuate throughout the 2021-22 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 32 teams in the NHL and league parity at an all-time high, the Hart Trophy race has never been more exciting. See which players are competing for the most coveted trophy with up-to-date odds below.

Fans north of the border should be excited. Canada online sports betting is now live, which means Canadian hockey fans can bet on their favorite players to win the Hart Trophy starting with Auston Matthews, who is currently favored to win. Jonathan Huberdeau has been a surprise candidate for the award. Colorado online sports betting markets list their superstar Nathan MacKinnon as a longshot at +4800.

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.

Top Hart Trophy Contenders

  • [May 13]: Thursday night saw the announcement of Auston Matthews, Connor McDavid, and Igor Shesterkin as finalists for the 2022 Hart Trophy. Of the three, Shesterkin’s odds made for the wildest ride during the season, as the Rangers netminder went from odds as long as +6600 to an average of +450.
  • [Mar 24]: Though Matthews appears to be pulling away as the favorite, Igor Shesterkin has played himself into the MVP conversation. The Rangers’ netminder is now getting odds as short as +300.
  • [Feb 25]: Auston Matthews has played himself right back into the MVP race, going from odds as high as +2000 in some books back in December to a season-low of +380.
  • [Feb 2]: We have a much tighter race as the NHL breaks for the All-Star game. McDavid leads the way as the favorite, but Ovechkin and Huberdeau are right on his tail. Huberdeau was listed at +5000 at the end of November in the Hart Trophy odds.
  • [Jan 18]: With Oilers and McDavid struggling, Jonathan Huberdeau and Auston Matthews have started to make noise in the MVP race. McDavid is still favored, but other skaters are starting to creep up to him.
  • [Dec 13]: Alex Ovechkin continues to be sneaky bet to win the league’s MVP trophy. Not a huge move, but his odds to win the Hart have improved from +800 to +775.
  • [Nov 29]: MacKinnon’s odds have worsened significantly from +875 to +2500. McDavid’s teammate, Leon Draisaitl, is starting to creep up on him as the sole favorite. Draisaitl’s odds went from +750 to +288.
  • [Nov 10]: Alex Ovechkin leads the league in goals and has seen his NHL Hart Trophy odds shorten significantly since the start of the season. His average odds have dropped from +4250 to +1500. MacKinnon’s average odds have shortened after news broke that he will be out for 3 weeks with a lower-body injury.
  • [Oct 20]: McDavid’s hot start has already pushed his odds down to +150 to win the NHL’s MVP. With the news that Kucherov has been moved to LTIR, his average odds have shot up to +3000.
  • [Oct 4]: With less than a week until the 2021-22 NHL season starts, Connor McDavid’s odds to win the Hart have already improved substantially. McDavid opened at +400, but his average odds are now +225. MacKinnon’s average odds to win the Hart have lengthened from +500 to +625.
  • [July 13]: Connor McDavid opens as the favorite to win the league MVP for the third time after winning the 2021 Hart Trophy. Nikita Kucherov is listed at +800, while McDavid’s teammate, Leon Draisaitl, opened at +1200.

Hart Trophy Odds

Player Odds
Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs) +150
Connor McDavid (Oilers) +400
Igor Shesterkin (Rangers) +600
Jonathan Huberdeau (Panthers) +800
Alex Ovechkin (Capitals) +1200
Leon Draisaitl (Oilers) +1500
Johnny Gaudreau (Flames) +1500
Cale Makar (Avalanche) +4000
Kirill Kaprizov (Wild) +5000
Mikko Rantanen (Avalanche) +5000
Aleksander Barkov (Panthers) +8000
Chris Kreider (Rangers) +10000
Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche) +10000
Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning) +10000
Victor Hedman (Lightning) +15000
Steven Stamkos (Lightning) +15000
Brad Marchand (Bruins) +15000
Patrice Bergeron (Bruins) +20000
Frederick Andersen (Hurricanes) +20000

Odds as of March 24th at FanDuel Sportsbook

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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, 11 out of 15 Hart Trophy-winners have played in the East.

2022 Hart Trophy Odds for Players on Canadian Teams

Canadian teams are home to a lot of top-flight talent this season, including four of the last 10 winners in Leon Draisaitl (2020), Connor McDavid (2021 & 2017), and Carey Price (2015).

2022 Hart Trophy Odds for Previous Winners

The last player to win the Hart Trophy in back-to-back seasons was Alex Ovechkin (2008 & 2009). Wayne Gretzky won the award eight times in a row from 1980-1987.

 Last 10 Award Winners

Year Player Games Goals Assists Points Age
2020-2021 Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) 56 33 72 105 24
2019-2020 Leon Draisaitl (Edmonton Oilers) 71 43 67 110 24
2018-2019 Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) 82 41 87 128 25
2017-2018 Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils) 76 39 54 93 26
2016-2017 Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) 82 30 70 100 20
2015-2016 Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) 82 46 60 106 27
2014-2015 Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) 66 N/A (1.96 GAA) N/A (.933 SV%) N/A (44 W) 27
2013-2014 Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) 80 36 68 104 26
2012-2013 Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) 48 32 24 56 27
2011-2012 Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) 75 50 59 109 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. McDavid won his second Hart in 2021 after scoring 105 points in 56 games, which is roughly 1.9 points per game.

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 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
Alex Ovechkin 3 2007, 2008, 2013
Connor McDavid 2 2017, 2021
Sidney Crosby 2 2007, 2014
Dominik Hasek 2 1997, 1998
Phil Esposito 2 1969, 1974
Mark Messier 2 1990, 1992

Alex Ovechkin, Sidney Crosby, and Connor McDavid are the only active players with multiple Hart Trophies.

Archived Hart Trophy odds: 2021, 2020, 2019

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