2022 Hart Trophy Odds: Is There Ample Value on Auston Mathews for NHL MVP?

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Harty Trophy odds are heating up as the opening day of the 2021-22 NHL season fast approaches. Get the latest updated NHL odds to win the NHL MVP as we break down the preseason contenders. In particular, we look at the value Austin Matthews brings as the third-best bet overall.

At the top of the NHL odds betting board is none other than Connor McDavid, the reigning NHL MVP. According to Bovada (visit our Bovada Review), the Edmonton Oilers star is the best bet to win the coveted honor at +190 odds. McDavid’s odds progressively shortened over the offseason, increasing his probability to emerge triumphantly.

Winning back-to-back Hart Trophies is no mean feat. It hasn’t happened over a decade, and that takes the shine off of McDavid’s odds in the betting. By that same token, it opens the door for another hockey starlet to emerge as the 2022 Hart Trophy winner.

Nathan McKinnon at +650 and Auston Matthews at +700 loom as the second and third-best favorites to win the Hart Trophy, and with odds that are more than five times greater than McDavid’s odds, the pair sit in a value spot that bettors might consider spotting for NHL picks.

Auston Matthews at +700 is a particularly interesting prospect as the third-best bet. Matthews finished second in the voting last season for the Hart Trophy, narrowly missing to McDavid, who eventually received the coveted award.

The Toronto Maple Leaf’s star is coming off a stellar season finishing as the league’s top scorer when he netted 41 goals. Granted, it was a unique season with the Toronto Maple Leafs facing Canadian opponents exclusively due to the travel restrictions imposed between Canada and the United States.

Toronto is steeped in talent and emerges as one of the Top 10 favorites to win the Stanley Cup this season. That fact alone underscores Matthew’s odds as a viable contender for the Hart Trophy. Across most sports betting platforms, the Maple Leafs are the fourth-best bet to win the 2022 Stanley Cup with NHL odds ranging between +1100 and +1400.

Toronto is mired in a tough division that includes the defending Stanley Cup champions, the Tampa Bay Lighting. As well, the Montreal Canadiens, last season’s runners-up, are contained within the section, along with Stanley Cup hopefuls the Boston Bruins, and Florida Panthers.

How Toronto performs in the Atlantic Division next season will go some way towards Auston Matthew’s chances of winning the Hart Trophy. Toronto has assembled one of the best teams in recent memory, but they fell flat in the playoffs. The Leafs were up on the Canadiens 3-1, only to frit away from the lead and lose 4-3 in the first round.

Mathews is capable of having another stellar season for the Maple Leafs. He won the Rocket Richard Trophy as the league’s top scorer in the shortened 2020-21 NHL season. The league was forced to truncate the 2021 season due to the coronavirus pandemic wreaking havoc on the schedule over the last two seasons.

The NHL plans to return to a full 82-game schedule, which could help advance Matthew’s chances in the NHL MVP races. Should he deposit a 50 to 60-goal season, he would give McDavid a serious run for his money for the MVP. In such a scenario, he could even get the nod over McDavid or another player regardless of the actual finishing points total.

Of course, everything is speculative at this point in time, but bettors couldn’t do worse than bet on Matthews for the Hart Trophy. At the very least, he’s a good bet to hedge bets on after McDavid.

Hart Trophy Odds

Top 15 Hart Trophy Contenders

  • Connor McDavid+190
  • Nathan MacKinnon+650
  • Auston Matthews+700
  • Nikita Kucherov+800
  • David Pastrnak+1200
  • Leon Draisaitl+1200
  • Artemi Panarin+1200
  • Mikko Rantanen+1200
  • Brad Marchand+1600
  • Mathew Barzal+1600
  • Sebastian Aho+1600
  • Brayden Point+1800
  • Andrei Vasilevskiy+1800
  • Patrick Kane+2000
  • Mitch Marner+2000