Connor McDavid looks to have the Hart Trophy wrapped up in a bow, sitting with -700 odds to take home the coveted trophy. Although it's fun to check out the daily NHL odds, futures markets can also provide plenty of value — and a season-long sweat.
Looking through the Hart Trophy MVP odds board, it's easy to find plenty of familiar names. But which player has the best odds to take home the prize, and which holds the best value? Let's take a look at the latest 2022-23 NHL MVP odds board as of January 10. Be sure to also check out our NHL player props along with our free NHL betting picks.
Odds to win 2022-23 NHL MVP award
|Connor McDavid||Edmonton Oilers||C||-700|
|David Pastrnak||Boston Bruins||RW||+1,500|
|Nikita Kucherov||Tampa Bay Lightning||RW||+2,200|
|Jason Robertson||Dallas Stars||LW||+2,500|
|Mikko Rantanen||Colorado Avalanche||RW||+2,500|
|Jack Hughes||New Jersey Devils||C||+3,500|
|Mitch Marner||Toronto Maple Leafs||RW||+5,000|
|Linus Ullmark||Boston Bruins||G||+5,000|
Odds courtesy of DraftKings on January 31, 2023.
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Favorite to win the NHL MVP award
Connor McDavid (-700)
Connor McDavid is the best player in the world, there's simply no denying that. He leads the league in points (92) and goals (41) shifting his MVP odds from +180 to -700 with McDavid back on a 12-game point streak.
With such a drastic difference between first and second, you would have to think at this point the only thing stopping "McJesus" from winning the Hart would be an early offseason.
David Pastrnak (+1,500)
So many times throughout sports, we've seen the league's MVP award go to the best player on the best team, and we may have that here with David Pastrnak.
"Pasta" is fourth in the league in points (71), second in goals (38) and leads his team in scoring by a whopping 25 points. At this point, it's hard to see anyone but McDavid winning the award, but crazier things have happened.
Nikita Kucherov (+2,200)
After several years of dealing with injuries in the regular season, Nikita Kucherov is reminding us just how dominant he is. The right winger has 72 points in 48 games and remains a focal point for the success of this Tampa squad.
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 trends
- The last player to win the Hart Trophy and Stanley Cup in a single season was Tampa Bay Lightning forward Martin St. Louis (2004).
- Carey Price was the last goaltender (2015) to win the MVP award.
- Alexander Ovechkin was the last player to repeat as the Hart winner (2008 and 2009).
- Centers have won five of the last 10 MVP awards.
- The last time a defenseman won the Hart Trophy was Chris Pronger back in the 1999-00 season.
NHL Hart Trophy history
A quick look at recent NHL MVPs and the position they played.
|2021-22||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|
NHL MVP award winners by position
|Position||Hart Trophy awards|
Centers won the Hart Trophy 17 times over an 18-year period from 1979 to 1996. Wayne Gretzky personally skated away with the league's MVP award eight straight times during that era.
Hart Trophy Odds FAQs
Edmonton's Connor McDavid has the best odds to win this year's Hart Trophy at -700.
Auston Matthews won the Hart Trophy in 2022 following a 60-goal season.
Wayne Gretzky has won the award nine times, the most in NHL history.