2021 NHL MVP Odds: Matthews Gains Ground on McDavid

Mar 2, 2021 |
By: Covers Staff
2021 NHL MVP Odds: Matthews Gains Ground on McDavid
Oilers superstar Connor McDavid is the early favorite (-150) to win the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player, but Leafs sniper Auston Matthews is right behind him.
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Oilers superstar Connor McDavid is the early favorite (-150) to win the Hart Trophy, awarded to the NHL's most valuable player, but Leafs sniper Auston Matthews is right behind him.
Photo By - USA TODAY Sports

The NHL MVP odds board has seen some major changes at the top recently.

Odds to win the Hart Trophy can switch rapidly based on a hot stretch or injury and we've already witnessed some new players take big leaps to enter the discussion.

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

Favorite to win the NHL MVP award

Connor McDavid remains the betting favorite to win the NHL MVP award at -150 odds. The Edmonton Oilers star leads the NHL in points and already has one Hart Trophy to his name. His odds have increased since early February, as the best player in the world is averaging a career-high in points per game.

Toronto Maple Leafs sniper Auston Matthews is second at +400 after a ridiculous goal-scoring stretch in February. Matthews was +550 as of February 18, but his odds have increased as he’s continued to lead the race for the Maurice Richard Trophy, awarded to the league leader in goals.

Rounding out the Top-3 is the Chicago Blackhawks' Patrick Kane, who is behind just McDavid in points, at +750.

Odds to win 2020-21 NHL MVP award

Player Odds to win NHL MVP (as of March 2)
Connor McDavid -150
Auston Matthews +400
Patrick Kane +750
Anze Kopitar +1,500
Leon Draisaitl +1,500
Brad Marchand +1,900
Jonathan Huberdeau +1,900
Nathan MacKinnon +1,900
Mark Scheifele +2,100
Connor Hellebuyck +2,900
Alexander Ovechkin +3,400
Artemi Panarin +3,400
Brayden Point +3,400
David Pastrnak +3,400
Elias Pettersson +3,400
Evgeni Malkin +3,400
Jack Hughes +3,400
Mikko Rantanen +3,400
Mitch Marner +3,400
Patrice Bergeron +3,400
Sebastian Aho +3,400
Steven Stamkos +3,400
Travis Konecny +3,400
Aleksander Barkov +3,500
Sidney Crosby +6,000
Blake Wheeler +6,000
Cale Makar +6,000
Carey Price +6,000
Dougie Hamilton +6,000
John Carlson +6,000
John Gibson +6,000
Johnny Gaudreau +6,000
Mika Zibanejad +6,000
Nico Hischier +6,000
Quinn Hughes +6,000
Victor Hedman +6,000

Odds courtesy of FanDuel Sportsbook

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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