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The graphs below set out the odds to win the 2021 Rocket Richard Trophy at leading sportsbooks, from the preseason onward.

Odds for Top Rocket Richard Trophy Contenders

  • [Feb 24]: Auston Matthews is now the odds-on favorite to win the Rocket Richard Trophy. Matthews’ average odds have shrunk from +225 to -159 as he boasts 18 goals through 19 games.
  • [Feb 8]: Tyler Toffoli’s odds have shortened to +1300 after starting the season with nine goals in 12 GP. Eight of Toffoli’s goals have come against the Vancouver Canucks, which is his former team.
  • [Jan 26]: Tied for the league-lead in goals (5), Mikko Rantanen’s average odds have shortened from +3733 to +1950.
  • [Jan 7]: With under a week before the 2021 NHL season starts, Auston Matthews has emerged as the new favorite at +400 average odds
  • [Dec 15]: Alex Ovechkin opens as a +500 favorite to win the 2021 Maurice Richard Trophy. Last year’s co-winner with Ovechkin, David Pastrnak, finds himself at +900 odds

2021 Rocket Richard Trophy Odds

Player (Team) Odds
Auston Matthews (Leafs) -167
Connor McDavid (Oilers) +900
David Pastrnak (Bruins) +1100
Leon Draisaitl (Oilers) +1150
Brock Boeser (Canucks) +2000
Tyler Toffoli (Canadiens) +2200
Steven Stamkos (Lightning) +2300
Brad Marchand (Bruins) +2500
Mark Scheifele (Jets) +2500
Joe Pavelski (Stars) +2500
Alex Ovechkin (Capitals) +2700
Patrice Bergeron (Bruins) +3000
Kyle Connor (Jets) +3000
Alex DeBrincat (Blackhawks) +3000
Nikolaj Ehlers (Jets) +3200
Josh Anderson (Canadiens) +3500
Johnny Gaudreau (Flames) +3500
Logan Couture (Sharks) +3500
Patrick Kane (Blackhawks) +3500
Brayden Schenn (Blues) +3700

Odds taken Feb. 24, 2021

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Notable Rocket Richard Trophy Trends

  • Only two players have scored 49 or more goals in a season since 2012: Alex Ovechkin (five times) and Leon Draisaitl (once).
  •  No player from the Western Conference has won the Richard Trophy since Corey Perry (then with the Ducks) in 2010-11.
  • The youngest players to ever win the Rocket Richard Trophy (which was established in 1998-99) are Rick Nash (2003-04) and Steven Stamkos (2011-12), both at the tender age of 19.
  • Alex Ovechkin has won nine Maurice Richard Trophy’s in his career. He has won three in a row, and seven of the last eight.

10 Past Rocket Richard Winners

Year Player Goals
2020 Alex Ovechkin & David Pastrnak 48
2019 Alex Ovechkin 51
2018 Alex Ovechkin 48
2017 Sidney Crosby 44
2016 Alex Ovechkin 50
2015 Alex Ovechkin 53
2014 Alex Ovechkin 51
2013* Alex Ovechkin 23
2012 Steven Stamkos 60
2011 Corey Perry 50

*Denotes Lockout Season – Only 48 Games Played


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