Hart Memorial Trophy Winner Predictions & Odds 2021

Hart Memorial Trophy WInner

  • Selected by the Hockey Writers’ Association, the Hart Memorial trophy is awarded to the player deemed to be the most valuable payer of the regular season
  • Oddsmakers have included some familiar faces in their picks this year, including a previous winner of the award as the favorite in 2021
  • In a shortened season such as this year, many of the league’s top performers have more weight on their shoulder to step up and make every game count

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Hart Memorial Trophy Odds

Odds taken from BetMGM, updated on January 25, 2021.

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Connor McDavid/Edmonton Oilers+275
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Nathan MacKinnon/Colorado Avalanche+600
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Auston Matthews/Toronto Maple Leafs+1100
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Artemi Panarin/New York Rangers+1100
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Leon Draisaitl/Edmonton Oilers+1600
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What is the Hart Memorial Trophy?

The Hart Memorial Trophy is presented each year to the player deemed the most valuable to his team during the regular season as voted on by the Professional Hockey Writers’ Association. Created in honor of longtime head coach Cecil Hart in 1923, the original Hart Trophy was retired to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1960. The Hart Memorial was introduced that same year. In total, 57 players have won the MVP award over the past 93 years.

How is the Hart Memorial Trophy Winner Selected?

The winner of the Hart Memorial Trophy is voted on by the Hockey Writers’ Association at the end of the regular season. Each voter selects their top-five players and ranks them using a 10-7-5-3-1 point system. Three finalists are then selected.

Previous winners include Edmonton’s Leon Draisaitl, Tampa Bay’s Nikita Kucherov, Buffalo’s (New Jersey at the time) Taylor Hall, Edmonton’s Connor McDavid, and Chicago’s Patrick Kane.

Favorites to Win Hart Memorial Trophy 2021

Connor McDavid – Edmonton Oilers (+275)

This year’s odds-on favorite to lead the league in points is also the favorite to be named the league’s most valuable player. Connor McDavid is entering the sixth year of his career and has already accumulated several pieces of NHL hardware, including two Art Ross trophies, two Ted Lindsay awards, and – yes – one Hart Memorial trophy.

Connor McDavid finished fifth in the Hart voting last season with his linemate Leon Draisaitl taking home the award. Last season, McDavid finished with 97 points in 64 games. He had 43 power-play points, a 16.0 shooting percentage, and averaged 22-minutes of ice time per game.

He owns his first Hart Memorial trophy following the 2016-17 season – just his second year in the NHL. That year he finished with 100 points in 82 games and was a plus-27.

Nathan MacKinnon – Colorado Avalanche (+600)

Ranked second-overall by oddsmakers as a Hart Memorial favorite, Nathan MacKinnon also has the second-best odds of winning the Art Ross trophy. Obviously, scoring is a big factor when it comes to Hart Trophy voting.

MacKinnon has yet to win a Hart trophy but he came very close last season, finishing second behind Leon Draisaitl with 48 first-place votes. He finished last season as the fifth-highest scorer in the league, netting 35 goals and 93 points in 69 games. He is a former Calder winner as rookie of the year and a former Lady Byng winner.

Entering his eighth year in the NHL, MacKinnon has career totals of 190 goals and 495 points. He is also a career plus-39.

Auston Matthews – Toronto Maple Leafs (+1100)

Last season, the Toronto Maple Leafs’ forward Auston Matthews rounded out the top-ten in Hart voting. Like Nathan MacKinnon, he is also a former Calder Trophy winner.

Last season, Matthews finished second in league scoring behind David Pastrnak and Alex Ovechkin with 47 goals in 70 games. He led his team last year in goals, points, plus/minus, power-play points, and shot on net.

In four seasons with the Leafs, Matthews has career totals of 158 goals, 286 points, a 15.6 shooting percentage, and is a career plus-37.

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