2022 NHL MVP Odds: McDavid Favored to Win Hart Trophy

Edmonton Oilers superstar Connor McDavid is favored to win the Hart Trophy following an incredible postseason performance. Auston Matthews is right behind him at +420 after taking home the MVP honors this past season.

Last Updated: Sep 30, 2022 3:37 PM ET Read Time: 4 min
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With preseason puck kicking off this week, we're oh-so-close to the regular season finally kicking off.

The Hart Trophy odds board is stacked with the usual suspects, so let's see where everyone sits in our MVP odds as of September 30.

Odds to win 2022-23 NHL MVP award

Player Odds to win NHL MVP 
Connor McDavid +250
Auston Matthews +400
Leon Draisaitl +800
Nathan MacKinnon +1,000
Kirill Kaprizov +1,200
Cale Makar +1,500
Igor Shesterkin +2,000
Nikita Kucherov +2,000
Kyle Connor +3,000
Johnny Gaudreau +3,000
Aleksander Barkov +3,000
Andrei Vasilevskiy +3,000
Sidney Crosby +3,000
Matthew Tkachuk +3,000

Odds courtesy of DraftKings on September 30, 2022.

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Favorite to win the NHL MVP award

Connor McDavid (+250)

After months and months of Connor McDavid sitting at the top of the Hart Trophy odds board last season, he finally got overtaken by Auston Matthews. Despite Matthews winning the award this past season, McDavid has won the Hart twice already and is coming off an insane playoff run in which he registered 33 points in 16 games. 

Until further notice, it makes no sense why the Oilers' superstar wouldn't be favored to begin the 2022-2023 season. 

Auston Matthews (+400)

Auston Matthews had an incredible campaign in 2021-2022, resulting in the first Hart Trophy award of his career. The 24-year-old scored a whopping 60 goals, adding 46 assists as well to surpass the 100-point plateau.

For all we know, Matthews could score more than 60 this season, which wouldn't surprise many. The Leafs' center is also tremendous defensively, and that part of his game will help keep him in a battle with McDavid all year long. 

Leon Draisaitl (+800)

It's almost not fair, but the Oilers have two players in the Top 3 of MVP odds. With all the focus on McDavid, you certainly can't forget about Leon Draisaitl, who won the Hart back in 2020 when he led the league in points. 

Draisaitl is coming off another incredible season, with 55 goals and 55 assists. Like McDavid, the German center also didn't disappoint in the playoffs, with 32 points in the same 16-game span.

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
2021-2022 Auston Matthews Center Toronto Maple Leafs
2020-21 Connor McDavid Center Edmonton Oilers
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

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