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  • Who are the top contenders for the 2020 NHL Hart Trophy?
  • Look at odds for individual players in addition to league-wide trends from past years
  • Track and visualize how odds fluctuate throughout the 2019-20 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 online sportsbooks all year, providing you with coverage on how notable players’ odds to win the Hart fluctuate throughout the season.

Odds for 2020 Hart Trophy: Top Contenders

  • Oct. 11, 2019: A strong start for McDavid (10 points in four games for the unbeaten Oilers) keeps him at the top by a sizable margin.
  • Oct. 1, 2019: The NHL MVP odds are holding steady on the eve of puck drop. McDavid (+350) and Kucherov (+550) are still on top.
  • Sep. 23, 2019: Auston Matthews (+950) and Nathan MacKinnon (+1000) have moved the most since lines first opened, along with Mark Scheifele (+2200).
  • Sep. 16, 2019: Connor McDavid opens as the favorite at +350, considerably shorter than reigning champion Nikita Kucherov at +550.

Top-15 Hart Trophy Favorites

Player MyBookie‘s Odds (Oct 11, 2019)
Connor McDavid (Edmonton Oilers) +350
Nikita Kucherov (Tampa Bay Lightning) +650
Nathan MacKinnon (Colorado Avalanche) +650
Taylor Hall (New Jersey Devils) +900
Sidney Crosby (Pittsburgh Penguins) +1100
Patrick Kane (Chicago Blackhawks) +1100
Auston Matthews (Toronto Maple Leafs) +1200
Alex Ovechkin (Washington Capitals) +1300
Johnny Gaudreau (Calgary Flames) +1400
Evgeni Malkin (Pittsburgh Penguins) +2200
Aleksander Barkov (Florida Panthers) +2300
John Gibson (Anaheim Ducks) +2300
Mitch Marner (Toronto Maple Leafs) +2500
Carey Price (Montreal Canadiens) +2500
John Tavares (Toronto Maple Leafs) +2500

NHL Hart Trophy Trends to Consider

  • There are no goaltenders or defensemen with available odds, and 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 (the majority of hockey media lives on the East Coast, and apparently they all have early bedtimes). In the post-lockout era, 10 out of 14 Hart Trophy-winners have played in the East.

2020 Hart Trophy Odds for Players on Canadian Teams

With 5 players out of the 15 represented on the board, Canadian teams are home to a lot of top-flight talent this season.

2020 Hart Trophy Odds for Previous Winners

2020 Hart Trophy Odds for Eastern Conference Players

 

2020 Hart Trophy Odds for Western Conference Players

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 Last 10 Hart Trophy Winners

Year Player Goals Assists Points Age
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
2009-2010 Henrik Sedin (Vancouver Canucks) 29 83 112 29

The median age of Hart Trophy winners in the last 10 years is 28. The youngest winner over the last 10 years is Connor McDavid, who was only 20 when he won the Hart in 2016.

 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: 2019