NHL - Awards - Hart Memorial Trophy (reg. season)

Other than NHL Stanley Cup Odds, no NHL futures bet sees more betting action than who will win MVP, known as the Hart Trophy. Here's everything you need to know when betting on the award.

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Voters last season were asked to judge the NHL’s best player based on a 56-game regular season, which added an asterisk-style vibe to the biggest individual trophy of them all - the Hart. This season, it’s back to a normal 82 games, and so let’s talk some about the NHL futures market best bets for the Hart Trophy, as well as looks at the best odds at betting apps and sportsbooks

With single-event sports betting now available at Canada sports betting sites, there could be even more betting on this award, including among Ontario sports betting fans.

5 Tips When Betting on the Hart Trophy

It’s always fun to forecast who will win the most valuable player award for a particular sport. Hockey is no different. Here are some tips to go by when looking at NHL odds on the Hart Trophy recipient.

Tip 1: Numbers Matter

Usually, the highest points producer wins. One look at the history of Hart Trophy winners, and it becomes obvious: the points leader of the league for that season usually wins the trophy. That was true for this past season, when Connor McDavid won it after scoring a stunning 105 points in 56 games.

Entering the season, McDavid was the overwhelming favorite on betting sites to win the Hart again.

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Tip 2: Don’t Pick a Goalie

First off, goalies already have their own trophy - the Vezina. Second, the last time a goalie won the Hart was in 2014-15, when Carey Price did it for Montreal. Voters these days seem to more prefer a position player gets the award - and probably that’s rightly so. Then again, if a goalie has some kind of unbelievable year, it’s still fair game to give him the Hart.

Tip 3: Take Injury History Into Account

A guy might seem like a great futures bet. He’s healthy, ready for a big season, etc. But then you take a look at his injury history and realize that almost every year he misses 10-20 games with ailments. Avoid that guy. Unless they post just overwhelming numbers, voters won’t choose players that missed too much time.

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Tip 4: Pick A Winner

Winning teams make for Hart winners. In general, you want to bet on a guy whose team figures to at least win more games than it loses. Sure, a guy like McDavid is still a good bet, even if the Edmonton Oilers have a losing season. He has that much talent and pedigree.

But voters want to see that a player also make his team a winner too. It can be easy sometimes to pile up gaudy statistics playing on a bad team. Voters usually are smart enough to take that into account.

Tip 5: Watch The Transaction Wire

This is true for most NHL betting , of course, but especially true in this case. Is your Hart futures bet a guy who just lost a key linemate from the offseason? Is your Hart futures bet a guy whose team has a lot of cap room at the trade deadline, and can add a big piece that might really help your guy out?

Pay attention to the trade wires, and do some research on your team’s payroll situation. Hart winners can’t do it all by themselves. They need good teammates, too, but they come and go.

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Our Pick To Win the 2022 Hart Trophy

Connor McDavid, Edmonton

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Sometimes, you just have to go with the odds and forget about any quixotic hunch on a longer shot. Connor McDavid is the best offensive player in the NHL, by a good margin. The guy put up nearly two points a game last season, for goodness sake.

McDavid continues to have another former Hart winner - Leon Draisaitl - on his line. They both feed off each other so well, and there’s no reason to suspect that won’t continue in 2021-22. The Oilers continue to get better as a team, too, which is important.

McDavid’s speed and skill are just way above that of the regular NHL player. He seems like a pretty safe pick, though teammate Draisaitl could challenge again as well. Nathan MacKinnon is regularly among the finalists for the Hart, but this is clearly McDavid’s trophy to lose.

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