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Opening 2023 Hart Trophy Odds – McDavid Favored; Matthews at +420

  • Edmonton Oilers captain Connor McDavid is the +300 favorite to win the Hart Trophy as the MVP of the 2022-23 NHL season
  • McDavid is already a two-time winner of the award
  • Reigning Hart Trophy holder Auston Matthews of the Toronto Maple Leafs is the +420 second betting choice

Oddsmakers are anticipating that Connor McDavid will once again ascend to the throne as the NHL’s most valuable player during the 2022-23 season. It’s McDavid who has been set as the +300 betting favorite to win the award in the Hart Trophy odds.

McDavid previously won the award in 2020-21 and 2016-17.

Auston Matthews, the Toronto Maple Leafs sniper who scored 60 goals last season en route to winning the Hart Trophy, is posting as the +420 second choice in this betting market. The last player to win successive Hart Trophies was Alex Ovechkin of the Washington Capitals in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

2023 Hart Trophy Odds

Player (Team) Odds
Connor McDavid (Oilers) +300
Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs) +420
Leon Draisaitl (Oilers) +600
Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche) +1000
Kiril Kaprizov (Wild) +1200
Mikko Rantanen (Avalanche) +1200
Aleksander Barkov (Panthers) +1500
Jonathan Huberdeau (Panthers) +1500
Nikita Kucherov (Lightning) +1500
Igor Shesterkin (Rangers) +2000
Cale Makar (Avalanche) +2000
Alex Ovechkin (Capitals) +2000
Mitchell Marner (Maple Leafs) +2500
Evgeni Malkin (Penguins) +2500
Jack Eichel (Golden Knights) +2500
Andrei Vasilevskiy (Lightning) +3000
Sidney Crosby (Penguins) +3000
David Pastrnak (Bruins) +3500
Mika Zibanejad (Rangers) +4000
Steven Stamkos (Lightning) +4000
Artemi Panarin (Rangers) +4000
Sebastian Aho (Hurricanes) +4000
Patrick Kane (Blackhawks) +4000
Johnny Gaudreau (Blue Jackets) +4000
Mark Stone (Golden Knights) +4000

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At the favorite’s betting line of +300, McDavid is given an implied probability of victory of 25%. Were you to wager $10 on him winning the Hart Trophy and McDavid came through, the payout on that bet would be $40.

McDavid A Safe Play For Hart

It’s hard to go wrong with placing a Hart Trophy future book wager on McDavid. You know he’ll be in the hunt for the award.

McDavid has led the NHL in scoring in each of the past two seasons and in four of the past six campaigns. He’s been among the top five of Hart Trophy balloting in each of those six seasons.

Last season, he posted career highs in goals (44), assists (79) and points (123). It’s McDavid’s consistent excellence that assures he’ll always be a presence in the Hart Trophy reckoning.

Numbers May Haunt Matthews

There’s no questioning that what Matthews accomplished last season by netting 60 goals was a remarkable achievement. He was the first NHL player to ascend to that plateau since Tampa Bay’s Steven Stamkos a decade earlier.

Matthews is first and foremost a goal scorer. Last season was the first time he’d collected more than 80 points in a season, setting career highs with 46 assists and 106 points.

That factor could prove problematic in his attempt to repeat as Hart Trophy winner. The last NHLer to post successive 60-goal campaigns was Pavel Bure in 1992-93 an 1993-94.

It’s entirely possible that Matthews will enjoy another spectacular season and score perhaps 52 goals. However, that number will seem like such a drop-off from 60, it will likely hurt Matthews in Hart voting.

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Plenty Of Choices With Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche are Stanley Cup champions and they’re the +450 chalk in the Stanley Cup odds to do it again next season. It was their first title since 2000-01.

Colorado hasn’t boasted of a Hart Trophy winner since Peter Forsberg in 2002-03. Will that slump also be ending soon?

Certainly, there are plenty of candidates. Start with center Nathan MacKinnon. He’s the fourth betting choice in the Hart odds at +1000. Mikko Rantanen is at +1200.

However, the best value on the Colorado roster just might be defenseman Cale Makar. The current Norris Trophy winner is putting up numbers that are placing him in rarified air among NHL defenders.

Hart voters are reluctant to cast ballots for defenseman. Chris Pronger (1999-2000) is the only defenseman to win the award since 1972. Makar is someone capable of ending that drought.

Lots Of Past Hart Trophy Winners Offering Value

Beyond McDavid and Matthews, there are odds being offered on eight other past Hart winners. They include Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl (+600), Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov (+1500), Pittsburgh’s Evgeni Malkin (+2500) and Sidney Crosby (+3000), Washington’s Ovechkin (+2000), Chicago’s Patrick Kane (+4000), Boston’s Taylor Hall (+100000) and Montreal’s Carey Price (+10000).

The best bet in all of this action, though, is McDavid. You know he’ll be right there in contention at the finish line. But maybe hedge your bets with a small wager on Makar in the Hart Trophy odds.

Pick: Connor McDavid (Oilers) +300.

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Author: Micheal May