Will Connor McDavid claim his third Hart Trophy in the last four years? Can Linus Ullmark or Erik Karlsson repeat? Boardroom explores the latest NHL awards odds heading into the 2023-24 season.
The long summer is over, and the NHL is back, with three games set to kick off the 2023-24 regular season on Tuesday evening, Oct. 10. And while many are debating which team will take home the Stanley Cup come June, fans are eager to see which players will step up and claim individual honors.
From the Hart Trophy to the Vezina to the Jack Adams and more, Boardroom breaks down all the latest NHL awards odds heading into the 2023-24 campaign.
NHL Awards Odds 2023-24
Hart Memorial Trophy
Recognizes NHL’s Most Valuable Player
- Connor McDavid (Oilers): +100
- Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs): +1000
- Nathan MacKinnon (Avalanche): +1100
- David Pastrňák (Bruins): +1200
- Leon Draisaitl (Oilers): +1200
- Matthew Tkachuk (Panthers) +1200
With each passing season, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid further solidifies himself as the best player in hockey. The 2023-24 odds reflect as much, with McDavid heading into the campaign as the heavy favorite to repeat as the NHL’s MVP. Should he be able to do so, it would be his third time winning the award in the last four seasons and his fourth overall, tying him with Eddie Shore for third in the most all-time, trailing only Wayne Gretzky (9) and Gordie Howe (6).
The man who kept McDavid from claiming three consecutive Hart Trophies — Toronto’s Auston Matthews — carries the second-best odds to find his way back on top, while Nathan MacKinnon of the Colorado Avalanche sits in third. With the odds massively in favor of McDavid, the race for who finishes second could be the more interesting one, with five players boasting anywhere from +1000 to +1200 odds to be the runner-up.
Vezina Trophy Odds
Recognizes NHL’s best goaltender
- Juuse Saros (Predators): +500
- Connor Hellebuyck (Jets): +500
- Igor Shesterkin (Rangers): +500
- Ilya Sorokin (Islanders): +500
- Jake Oettinger (Stars) +1100
- Linus Ullmark (Bruins): +1700
After becoming the first netminder since Carey Price in 2014-15 to lead the NHL in wins, goals-against average, and save percentage, what does Boston’s Linus Ullmark — the defending Vezina Trophy winner — get for his repeat defense? Odds that have him looking up at five of his counterparts despite helping lead the Bruins to an NHL-best 65-12-5 record and 135 points before being upset in the first round of the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs against the Florida Panthers.
The rest of the list is full of some of the league’s typical candidates for this award, including former winners in Connor Hellebuyck and Igor Shesterkin and a finalist from last season in Ilya Sorokin, all of whom are tied with Nashville’s Juuse Saros for the best odds to claim the award. This hardware is truly up for grabs in 2023-24.
James Norris Memorial Trophy
Recognizes NHL’s best defenseman
- Cale Makar (Avalanche): +240
- Adam Fox (Rangers): +650
- Rasmus Dahlin (Sabres): +650
- Miro Heiskanen (Stars): +850
- Quinn Hughes (Canucks): +1100
- Roman Josi (Predators): +1100
- Erik Karlsson (Penguins): +1300
Similar to Ullmark above, the winner of last year’s award here — Erik Karlsson — finds himself on the outside looking in when it comes to a repeat. Perhaps it’s due to a change of scenery with his new team, the Pittsburgh Penguins, but the 33-year-old defenseman will have his work cut out for him if he wants to win his fourth James Norris Trophy. Meanwhile, Makar, Fox, and Josi will all be looking to add a second trophy to their case.
Calder Trophy Odds
Given to: The NHL’s best rookie
- Connor Bedard (Blackhawks): -125
- Logan Cooley (Coyotes): +700
- Luke Hughes (Devils): +900
- Adam Fantilli (Blue Jackets): +1200
With all the hype surrounding Bedard, it’s no surprise to see him as the overwhelming favorite to be the league’s best rookie this season. The guy is being hyped up as one of the best prospects in the last decade; consider the following — The Athletic conducted an executive poll in which it ranked the No. 1 picks from the last decade with Bedard thrown into the mix. The result? A No. 2 ranking for Bedard that placed him behind only the aforementioned McDavid, who racked up 153 total points and 64 goals this season.
Not only that, but the second Bedard to Blackhawks became a reality, the rookie immediately made the franchise money. If Bedard gets anywhere close to the production of McDavid or projected profit — starting with his debut against idol and fellow generational prospect Sidney Crosby and the Penguins on Tuesday night — Chicago should be more than pleased.
Rocket Richard Trophy
Recognizes NHL’s top goalscorer
- Connor McDavid (Oilers): +200
- Auston Matthews (Maple Leafs): +300
- Leon Draisaitl (Oilers): +400
- David Pastrňák (Bruins): +1000
- Mikko Rantanen (Avalanche): +1500
Jack Adams Trophy Odds
Recognizes NHL’s best coach
- Rod Brind’Amour (Hurricanes): +950
- Jared Bednar (Avalanche): +950
- Lindy Ruff (Devils): +950
- Sheldon Keefe (Maple Leafs): +1100
- Jay Woodcroft (Oilers): +1100
- Jon Cooper (Lightning): +1500
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