Want to bet on who the most valuable player in the NHL will be? The name of the trophy for that award is the Hart, and yes you can do that. At Bookies.com, for instance, you’ll find futures odds to bet on all the top NHL awards, which are handed out in June at a special show in Las Vegas.
Other prominent awards to bet on include Rocket Richard Trophy winner (most goals), best defenseman (Norris Trophy), Calder Trophy (top rookie) and Vezina winner (top goalie).
Here are a few tips on futures betting regarding NHL awards:
The top point producer often wins the Hart Trophy.
The top-scoring defenseman often wins the Norris, even though it’s supposed to go to the best “all-around defenseman.”
With more credentialed media in Eastern cities than the West, players from Eastern cities tend to win more awards.
Coaches of “surprise” teams tend to win the Jack Adams Award more often than, say, the veteran, consistently good long-term coaches.
Forwards tend to win the Calder Trophy, because when it comes to individual awards, offense is sexier than defense. The good, stay-at-home rookie defenseman, for instance, isn’t going to win the Calder over a flashy, high-scoring forward - even though that D-man might be the more valuable player to a team.