2021 NHL MVP Odds: McDavid Builds Big Lead

Apr 20, 2021 |
By: Covers Staff
2021 NHL MVP Odds: McDavid Builds Big Lead
Oilers star Connor McDavid is running away as the favorite to win the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player. He's way out in front at -1,500 odds with under a month left in the season.
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Oilers star Connor McDavid is running away as the favorite to win the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player. He's way out in front at -1,500 odds with under a month left in the season.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

The NHL MVP odds race has become a one-man show.

Odds to win the Hart Trophy look pretty set in stone at this point unless a late-season injury derails the case of the Edmonton Oilers' superstar center. With under a month to go in the shortened season, it's hard to see how anyone will gain enough ground to catch the NHL's points leader. The runner-up race is where the real action is at.

Let's take a look at who has the best Hart Trophy odds to win the NHL MVP award. 

Odds to win 2020-21 NHL MVP award

Player Odds to win NHL MVP 
Connor McDavid -1,500
Auston Matthews +950
Sidney Crosby +1,100
Patrick Kane +1,500
Mikko Rantanen +2,600
Victor Hedman +2,600
Aleksander Barkov +4,800
Connor Hellebuyck +4,800
Jonathan Huberdeau +4,800
Leon Draisaitl +4,800
Mark Scheifele +4,800
Mika Zibanejad +4,800
Mitch Marner +4,800
Nathan MacKinnon +4,800

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook on April 20, 2021.

Favorite to win the NHL MVP award

Connor McDavid remains the clear betting favorite to win the NHL MVP award at -1,500 odds. McDavid's odds have more than doubled in the last two weeks and with his Oilers having an outside chance at winning the North Division, this award appears to be locked up already.

The Oilers captain has led the NHL in points for the entire season and is up double-digits in the points race with 74 through 44 games. The 1.68 points per game he's averaging is a career high and he has also set a personal-best mark with nine game-winning goals. McDavid's gunning for his second Hart Trophy and, at 24 years old, it's unlikely to be his last.

Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews remains in second, well behind McDavid, at +950 odds. Matthews has been the driving force on a Maple Leafs team that's holding on to the top spot in the all-Canadian division, but he'll have to set his eyes on other hardware.

The good news for him is that he shouldn't go home empty-handed at the end of the season, as Matthews has led the NHL in goals for the majority of the year and is currently the leader with 33 in 41 games. If he holds on, he'll win his first Maurice Richard Trophy, awarded to the league leader in goals. Matthews enters play April 20 up seven goals on the Colorado Avalanche's Mikko Rantanen, who is tied with Victor Hedman for fifth on the odds board at +2,600 odds.

Sidney Crosby has overtaken Patrick Kane and emerged as the new No. 3. The Pittsburgh Penguins star is having a quieter year by his standards, but is still scoring at well above a point-per-game pace for a Penguins team that has gotten hot. 

Kane closed in on McDavid with a 24-point February but has been losing ground recently. He was at +400 odds as of March 31 but less than a month later has dropped to +1,500 and fourth in odds.

Understanding NHL MVP odds

Most sportsbooks will display odds in the American format as listed above. When the regular season is nearly finished and a consensus has emerged, you might see a player with a minus sign (-) ahead of his odds, like this:

  • Connor McDavid -400

The (-) means that McDavid is the odds-on favorite, and a bettor would need to wager $400 to win $100. Other contenders in the MVP race might have plus (+) odds to win.

  • Nathan MacKinnon +650

Here, a bettor stood to profit $650 for every $100 wagered. 

If American odds aren't your thing, simply use a tool like our odds converter to switch the odds to decimal or fractional format. Most online sportsbooks also give you the option to change the odds format that you see.

NHL Hart Trophy history

A quick look at recent NHL MVPs and the position they played.

Season Player Position Team
2019-20 Leon Draisaitl Center Edmonton Oilers
2018-19 Nikita Kucherov Right Wing Tampa Bay Lightning 
2017-18 Taylor Hall Left Wing New Jersey Devils 
2016-17 Connor McDavid Center Edmonton Oilers
2015-16 Patrick Kane Right Wing Chicago Blackhawks 
2014-15 Carey Price Goalie  Montreal Canadiens 
2013-14 Sidney Crosby Center Pittsburgh Penguins 
2012-13 Alexander Ovechkin Right Wing  Washington Capitals 
2011-12 Evgeni Malkin  Center  Pittsburgh Penguins 
2010-11 Corey Perry  Right Wing Anaheim Ducks 
2009-10 Henrik Sedin  Center  Vancouver Canucks
2008-09 Alexander Ovechkin Right Wing Washington Capitals 
2007-08 Alexander Ovechkin Right Wing Washington Capitals 
2006-07 Sidney Crosby Center Pittsburgh Penguins 
2005-06 Joe Thornton Center Boston Bruins/San Jose Sharks
2003-04 Martin St. Louis  Right Wing Tampa Bay Lightning 
2002-03 Peter Forsberg  Center Colorado Avalanche 
2001-02 Jose Theodore  Goalie Montreal Canadiens 
2000-01 Joe Sakic Center Colorado Avalanche 
1999-00 Chris Pronger Defenseman St. Louis Blues

Where can I bet on NHL MVP odds?

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