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Looking at the Six Players with the Top Current Odds to Win the Hart Trophy 

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We have emerged from the National Hockey League’s all-star break and are now a good chunk into the NHL season. Over the course of the year, we have seen some spectacular performances from a range of talented players. But certain ones have emerged as the top favourites among sports betting operators to take home the Hart Trophy.

The Hart is given to the player in the league judged to be the most valuable to their team. It is a prestigious piece of hardware. While we are deep into the season, the odds for this award are changing every day as players get on hot streaks or fall behind. As it stands, let’s look at the current favourites to take home the award. 

Nathan MacKinnon 

Nathan MacKinnon is currently the leader on all betting sites to take home the Hart, and it isn’t hard to see why. MacKinnon is a special talent, and this year might be his finest yet. MacKinnon is tied for the league lead in points, and his ability to generate offence has led to the Avalanche being one of the top teams in the league. If MacKinnon can keep it up, he is poised to blow past the 100-point barrier within a matter of weeks. He has been an excellent leader and is the odds-on favourite to earn his first-ever Hart Trophy. This would add to what is looking like a Hall of Fame career.

Nikita Kucherov

Nikita Kucherov is one of the most dynamic scoring talents in the NHL. This is demonstrated by his three seasons of 100 or more points. He is on pace to add a fourth season to that list and potentially a second Hart Trophy. Kucherov is tied for the league lead in points, and his dominance is powering a Tampa Bay Lightning team that is fighting for its spot in the playoffs. While his team hasn’t been as successful as MacKinnon’s, Kucherov has been incredibly consistent on an individual level. He is a one-man offence who can beat teams with his scoring or passing. 

Connor McDavid

Connor McDavid came out of the gates somewhat slow this season. But he has exploded back into the Hart Trophy conversation and has been on a historic winning streak with the Oilers. The Oilers are now the favourite to win the Stanley Cup, and McDavid’s odds will only go up throughout the year as the Oilers continue to rise. McDavid’s career is on a historical trajectory, and he will likely easily cross the 100-point threshold once again. Voters might be a little tired of giving McDavid this award, however. If he wins the Hart, it will already be the fourth time in his relatively short career he’s earned this trophy. 

Auston Matthews

Auston Matthews has a very compelling argument as the league’s top goalscorer. He has an unbelievable shot that goalies can’t seem to solve, and this year might be his magnum opus. He is leading the NHL in goals and is on pace to top his career-high of 60. It would be another incredible season for the Toronto Maple Leafs superstar. Matthews already has one Hart to his name. However, the Maple Leafs have been struggling to perform at a consistent level this season. This is holding back Matthews’ odds on most betting sites. But if he can keep up this historic pace and the Leafs can play at a higher level, don’t doubt his chances.

David Pastrnak

Many thought the Boston Bruins would take a substantial step back after last season. They were hit by a devastating postseason loss and several retirements, so it would’ve made sense for this team to crumble. But David Pastrnak has made sure this is not the case. Pastrnak is third in the league in points and is on pace for another massive goalscoring season. It feels like this forward might be the most underrated superstar in the game. Pastrnak’s play is yielding big results for his team, as well. The Bruins are once again the dominant force in the Eastern Conference. Fans are hoping this year will end on a happier note and maybe some hardware for their star.

Artemi Panarin 

The New York Rangers came surging out of the gates and cooled off once the season slowed down. But Artemi Panarin has kept up his torrid pace throughout the year. The Russian forward is fourth in the league in points. He is a dynamic, skilled player who is set to cross the 100-point mark for the first time in his career. His odds are quite low, especially compared to the favourite. But Panarin can maintain his pace, and the Rangers can threaten for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. If that happens, watch out because he could win.