With the 2021-22 NHL season ending this week, the Hart Trophy odds board has a Maple Leaf face on top.
The Hart Trophy odds board is stacked with usual suspects but has seen some serious shifts over the last week.
Let's see where everyone sits in our NHL MVP odds as of April 27.
Odds to win 2021-22 NHL MVP award
|Player||Odds to win NHL MVP|
Odds courtesy of FanDuel on April 27, 2022.
Favorite to win the NHL MVP award
Auston Matthews (-310)
This should come to the surprise of absolutely nobody. After months and months of Connor McDavid at the top of the Hart Trophy odds board, he had finally been overtaken by Auston Matthews who is holding down the top spot for the eighth week in a row at -310.
Even amidst the Leafs' inconsistencies as a team, the 24-year-old stud has been scorching hot, netting his 60th goal on the season after potting two last night against Detroit. Matthews is the first player to reach that mark since Stamkos did it back in 2012.
He's now in the driver's seat as we wrap up the end of the regular season and some may say he has this award in the bag.
Connor McDavid (+300)
McDavid just refuses to go away. After seeing his odds fall to +550 last week, the Oiler's superstar proceeded to rack off 12 points in his last four games. This surge has yet again moved him to the league leader as he now sits with 122 points in 79 games.
With the Oilers getting back to the postseason and McDavid being McDavid, you truly can't ever count him out of the Hart running.
Johnny Gaudreau (+1,000)
Leapfrogging all the way from +1,800 into third place on the odds board is none other than Flame's star Johnny Gaudreau. Johnny Hockey has had by far the best season of his career up to this point with 113 points (39 goals, 74 assists) and leads the league in +/- with a scorching +63.
Although he may not garner as many votes as the two powerhouses in front of him, Gaudreau has had a season to remember for his team.
Rest of the field
Behind Gaudreau is Panthers superstar Jonatan Huberdeau at +2,000. He's racked up 115 points in 80 games and has led the Panthers to an Atlantic Divison-best 57-17-6 record, seven points clear of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Further down the board is Ranger's Igor Shesterkin (+2,500), who saw his odds drastically fall from +450 after a rough stretch, followed by Nashville defenseman Roman Josi (+9,500).
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.
|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|
Hart Trophy Odds FAQs
Toronto's Auston Matthews has the best odds to win this year's Hart Trophy at -310.
Connor McDavid won the Hart Trophy in 2021 with preseason odds of +600.
Wayne Gretzky has won the award nine times, the most in NHL history.