2022 NHL MVP Betting Odds

It’s no secret that almost every player dreams of winning the Hart Memorial Trophy.

The award, which is given to the MVP of the regular season, is the highest individual honor that a player can win and has been awarded since 1926.

Only a select crop of players have ever won the Hart Memorial Trophy, so being included in the list of legendary winners is a great achievement for any player.

This season, Connor McDavid is the undisputed favorite for the award after he won it last season, but there are a few other contenders who could surprise the rest of the league.

Here’s our 2022 NHL MVP betting preview.

How Is The NHL MVP Decided?

Members of the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association vote on who is going to win the Hart Memorial Trophy.

The voting is done at the end of the regular season, and the award is then given to the winner during the awards ceremony after the playoffs have concluded.

2022 NHL MVP Futures Report

It’s no secret that forwards dominate this award. Carey Price is the only non-forward to have won the award in the last 15 years, and that trend looks set to continue.

Since the award heavily favors forwards, goals and points are usually the most important determiners. The NHL MVP is usually the player with the most goals, points, or both—the two most recent exceptions in the past 15 years are Taylor Hall and Carey Price.

Lastly, playoff qualification is also crucial in this award. The last time that a player won the Hart Memorial Trophy without guiding his team to the playoffs was Mario Lemieux in 1988.

So it’s important to consider the team of the player that you want to bet on and whether or not the team may make the playoffs.

The Favorites

Connor McDavid – Connor McDavid was the league’s MVP last season. He also made history by becoming the second player after Wayne Gretzky to win the Hart Trophy unanimously.

This season, he’ll be hoping to win the award for the third time. Only eight players in the award’s 97-year history have won the Hart Trophy three or more times.

Leon Draisaitl – Leon Draisaitl was the MVP during the 2019-20 NHL season but was dethroned by McDavid, his fellow teammate. So there’s some healthy competition going on between the two Edmonton Oilers’ forwards.

Draisaitl led the league in assists and points during his MVP-winning season, so who’s to say that the German can’t do it again this season.

Nathan MacKinnon – Colorado Avalanche forward Nathan MacKinnon opened as the second favorite for the MVP award after McDavid. Though his odds have increased since then, he’s still one of the favorites for this award, and rightly so.

The Avalanche are expected to dominate the league this season after winning the Presidents’ Trophy last season, and “Nate the Great” is expected to be central to their pursuits.

The Contenders

Nikita Kucherov – The last time that the NHL had an 82-game regular season, Nikita Kucherov won the MVP award. He led the league in assists and points that season and ended up matching the record for most assists by a wing.

Since then, he’s guided the Tampa Bay Lightning to two consecutive Stanley Cups. Additionally, he’s also been the points and assists leader in each of the last two playoff campaigns.

Auston Matthews – Auston Matthews is still a young talent and a lot is expected of the Toronto Maple Leafs’ center. The EA Sports NHL cover athlete scored 41 goals last season and led the league in goals last season.

So if he can maintain that record, then he’ll definitely be one of the main contenders for the Hart Memorial Trophy this season.

David Pastrnak – Boston Bruins’ forward David Pastrnak opened as one of the top five favorites for the MVP award. His odds have since increased, but he’s still expected to be one of the main contenders this season.

He led the league in goals during his impressive 2019-20 season. He was also the NHL All-Star Game MVP in 2020.

Artemi Panarin – New York Rangers’ forward Artemi Panarin missed a lot of games last season, but he’s expected to be back to his best this season. He recorded a career-best tally of 95 points in the 2019-20 season and ended up being a finalist for the MVP award that season.

The Longshot

Taylor Hall – Though he hasn’t been at his best in recent seasons, Taylor Hall is still a decent forward and is also one of the few active players who’ve previously won the MVP award. His odds opened at +6000, so he’s definitely a long shot for this award.

Aaron Ekblad – Florida Panthers’ alternate captain Aaron Ekblad is an integral member of the squad, but he’ll have a hard time winning this award since he plays in defense and the MVP award is commonly dominated by forwards.

He opened at +7500, so that should give you a good indicator of how much of a long shot this is.

MVP Futures Betting

Instead of betting on the MVP award towards the end of the regular season, it’s best to place this bet as early as you can, especially if you want to capitalize on any potential value.

For example, Connor McDavid’s odds opened at +400 and his odds have continually decreased since they were first released.

At the time of writing, his odds are currently +150, and this is a huge loss of value compared to the center’s opening odds. And such odds will just continue to decrease as the season progresses.

Where Can You Bet On NHL MVP Futures?

Online sports betting is now legal in many states, so the best option is to place a bet using a legal and regulated sportsbook. Examples of such sportsbooks include DraftKings, FanDuel, BetMGM, etc.

You can place an NHL MVP futures wager on such sportsbooks, and you can also place a wide variety of other NHL bets.

How To Bet NHL MVP Futures

To place an NHL MVP futures bet, here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Choose a sportsbook and log in or create a sports betting account.
  2. Click on NHL betting.
  3. Go to the “awards” section. This can also be under “Futures” or “Player Futures”.
  4. Click on the “Hart Trophy” market.
  5. Select the player that you think will win the MVP award.
  6. Enter your wager amount.
  7. Confirm and place your bet.

NHL MVP History

Here is a list of some players who’ve recently won the Hart Memorial Trophy:

SeasonNHL MVPTeam
2020-21Connor McDavidEdmonton Oilers
2019-20Leon DraisaitlEdmonton Oilers
2018-19Nikita KucherovTampa Bay Lightning
2017-18Taylor HallNew Jersey Devils
2016-17Connor McDavidEdmonton Oilers
2015-16Patrick KaneChicago Blackhawks
2014-15Carey PriceMontreal Canadiens
2013-14Sidney CrosbyPittsburgh Penguins
2012-13Alexander OvechkinWashington Capitals
2011-12Evgeni MalkinPittsburgh Penguins