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  • Which sniper is going to lead the NHL in goals this season?
  • Online sportsbooks routinely post odds to win the Rocket Richard Trophy during the season
  • Track the Richard Trophy futures from opening night right up to the start of the playoffs

The 2019-20 season sees a host of young snipers looking to bump Alexander Ovechkin from his pedestal as the NHL’s premier goal scorer. Ovechkin has won the Rocket Richard Trophy in six of the last seven years, with only Sidney Crosby (2017) interrupting his run.

Ovie is soon to be 35 years old, though, and he’ll be fighting off about a dozen players with a legitimate chance to hit the 40-goal mark.

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

 

Odds for 2020 Rocket Richard Trophy: Top Contenders

  • [Oct. 23] Heavy money must be coming in on Matthews, as he’s now a ludicrous +250, with Ovechkin (+750) and Draisaitl (+900) rounding out the top three.
  • [Oct. 11] A fast start from Auston Matthews (+500) has the Leafs star slightly ahead of Ovie (+550).
  • [Oct. 1] Ovechkin has opened as the betting chalk at +600.

Rocket Richard Trophy Odds at MyBookie

Player (Team) Odds at MyBookie (Oct. 23, 2019)
Auston Matthews (Leafs) +250
Alex Ovechkin (Capitals) +750
Leon Draisaitl (Oilers) +900
David Pastrnak (Bruins) +1000
Connor McDavid (Oilers) +1200
Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche) +1400
Steven Stamkos (Lightning) +1400
Patrik Laine (Jets) +1600
John Tavares (Leafs) +1800
Sidney Crosby (Penguins) +2200

Notable Rocket Richard Trophy Trends

  • In all but one 82-game season since the 2004-05 lockout, it has taken at least 49 goals to win the Rocket Richard Trophy. The only outlier is Crosby’s 44-goal campaign in 2016-17.
  • 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 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.

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