Conor McDavid Favorite to Win the Hart Memorial Trophy at +350

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Connor McDavid #97 of the Edmonton Oilers reacts after scoring against Colorado Avalanche. Derek Leung/Getty Images/AFP.

The previous three years winners are the top 3 favorites in this year’s market, and we believe it will be one of these three to claim the trophy again this season.

Conor McDavid will be looking to win his 3rd Hart Memorial Trophy, after this year’s second favorite Auston Matthews claimed the trophy in 2022 and 3rd favorite in the betting market is his teammate Leon Draisaitl who won the trophy back in 2020.

The Hart Memorial Trophy is the annual award given to be the player adjourned to be the league’s MVP voted by the hockey writers association.

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Conor McDavid +350

McDavid has been one of the of the greatest players of this generation, but has yet to win three Hart memorial trophies despite being in the league a total of 7 seasons.

McDavid has had the most regular season points 4 of the previous 6 seasons, but this hasn’t helped his case for being named the league’s MVP, and that proves how difficult it is win the Hart Memorial Trophy.

The Oilers centre finished runner up on both occasions he didn’t have the most regular season points. Undoubtedly McDavid is the best player in the league right now, he can do some amazing things with the puck and the fact he is favorite to win the trophy this season, and most other season speaks volumes.

The Oilers have struggled in recent years during the playoffs and that has most likely hindered McDavid’s chances of winning the league’s MVP.

Austin Matthews +500

We knew this kid was going to be special when he scored a hat trick on his debut and he solidified that last season when he won the leagues Hart memorial trophy. Austin Matthews scored 60 goals last season, making him just the third player in the previous 22 years to do so.

It helps that Matthews plays with one of the leagues strongest teams right now and the Toronto Maple Leafs are second favorite to win this year’s Stanley Cup with NHL odds of +800 with the top-rated sportsbooks.

At +500 and considering the fact Matthews is seeking to become the first player to win the trophy back to back since 1998 you have to believe this is a solid bet. Austin Matthews has also improved his defensive play, which hasn’t gone unnoticed throughout the leagues association writers.

Although nothing is ever guaranteed in sports betting, there’s a chance the Leafs get much further into the playoffs than the Oilers, another reason Matthews might get the nod over McDavid.

Leon Draisaitl (+850)

Despite being +850, Leon Draisaitl does have a genuine chance of winning the Hart memorial trophy. The German born was the 2020 winner and also won the Art Ross trophy (most regular season points) in 2020.

Draisaitl is McDavid’s teammate and part of what we call the deadly duo, both these players have brought the Oilers to the top echelon of the NHL.

Draisaitl is a very dangerous player at NHL Hart Memorial odds of +850, he scored 55 goals in the regular season last year and then went on to score 32 points in 16 playoff games whilst semi injured.

Draisaitl is to be respected and cannot be written off from the NHL picks. The fact he is favored over Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon speaks volumes.

Nathan MacKinnon (+1200)

It might seem crazy that MacKinnon is not only one of the elite players in the league, but also the best player on the current Stanley Cup champions roster and is as big as +1200 to win the Hart Memorial trophy.

Mackinnon has put up 648 points in 638 regular season games and is now the highest-paid player in the entire league, even +1200 for the highest paid player in the league (who just scored 6 points in 6 games in the Stanley Cup finals) seems too big a set of odds.

Mackinnon has been runner-up for this trophy twice in the previous five years and finished third once. In reality Mackinnon is most likely +1200 because he doesn’t need to carry his team as much as the top three favorites.

Let’s be honest, historically individual player awards in most sports have come down to players carrying their team.