Who doesn't love a good ole' fashion goal race? Last season saw not one but two 60-goal scorers with Connor McDavid and David Pastrnak setting the league ablaze.
Fresh off a 64-goal campaign, McDavid opened as the favorite to capture the 2023-24 Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy but has since been surpassed by a handful of capable goalscorers. Auston Matthews has been the favorite for much of November and it doesn't look like that will change anytime soon.
Odds to win 2023-24 NHL Rocket Richard Trophy
Odds as of November 28, 2023.
Favorite to win the Rocket Richard Trophy
11/28/2023: The top spot on the Rocket Richard board remains the same with Auston Matthews (+200) still going strong. Meanwhile, David Pastrnak )+450) has taken over the No. 2 spot while Brock Boeser has fallen out of the Top 10. Connor McDavid (+650) and Leon Draisaitl (+600) still occupy the third and fourth slots.
Previous Rocket Richard betting action
11/14/2023: Auston remains (+125) remains the favorite to capture the Rocket Richard with 13 goals in 15 games. He currently has a one-goal lead over Brock Boeser, with David Pastrnak (+500) sitting at 10. Connor McDavid — who opened the season as the favorite — now sits in fourth as his teammate Leon Draisaitl (+550) passed him on the odds board.
10/31/2023: You know what back-to-back hat tricks get you? First place on the Rocket Richard odds board! Auston Matthews is now the clear-cut favorite and currently sits with seven goals through eight games. Another new face added to the board is Alex Debrincat (+1,600) after his hot start in Detroit.
10/10/2023: Familiar faces are atop the board to start the season with Connor McDavid favored to win his second-straight Rocket Richard. next to him near the top are Auston Matthews and David Pastrnka, as well as his running mate Leon Draisaitl.
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Understanding NHL Rocket Richard 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:
- Auston Matthews -400
The (-) means that Matthews is the odds-on favorite, and a bettor would need to wager $400 to win $100. Other contenders in the Rocket Richard race might have plus (+) odds to win.
- Nathan MacKinnon +650
Here, a bettor stood to profit $650 for every $100 wagered on MacKinnon to lead the league in goals.
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.
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NHL Rocket Richard trends
- The Rocket Richard winner has only won the Hart Trophy in the same season six times. Alex Ovechkin did it three times.
- No defenseman has ever won the Rocket Richard Trophy.
- Alex Ovechkin has won 41% of all Rocket Richard Trophies ever awarded.
NHL Rocket Richard history
A quick look at recent Maurice Rocket Richard Trophy winners and the number of goals they scored.
|2022-23||Connor McDavid||64||Edmonton Oilers|
|2021-22||Auston Matthews||60||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|2020-21||Auston Matthews||41||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|2019-20||Alexander Ovechkin/David Pastrnak||48||Washington Capitals/Boston Bruins|
|2018-19||Alexander Ovechkin||51||Washington Capitals|
|2017-18||Alexander Ovechkin||49||Washington Capitals|
|2016-17||Sidney Crosby||44||Pittsburgh Penguins|
|2015-16||Alexander Ovechkin||50||Washington Capitals|
|2014-15||Alexander Ovechkin||53||Washington Capitals|
|2013-14||Alexander Ovechkin||51||Washington Capitals|
|2012-13||Alexander Ovechkin||32||Washington Capitals|
|2011-12||Steven Stamkos||60||Tampa Bay Lightning|
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