2014 Olympic Hockey: Complete Vegas Odds for Top Goal Scorer in Sochi Games

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2014 Olympic Hockey: Complete Vegas Odds for Top Goal Scorer in Sochi Games
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The ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics will showcase hockey's elite talent in one of the most incredible spectacles in the sporting world. 

The top five contenders for the coveted gold medal are without a doubt Canada, Russia, Sweden, Finland and the United States. 

To see who is favored to medal, reach the final game and win the gold in 2014, check out the full listing for each Olympic team here. Here are the odds for the forward that will finish the 2014 Winter Olympics as the top goal scorer:

Odds for Top Goal Scorer in 2014 Sochi Games:

Player Country Odds NHL Goals NHL Club
A. Ovechkin Russia 11/2 40 Washington
S. Crosby Canada 11/1 28 Pittsburgh
E. Malkin Russia 11/1 17 Pittsburgh
J. Tavares Canada 11/1 23 NY Islanders
I. Kovalchuk Russia 12/1 (16 in KHL) SKA St. Petersberg
C. Perry Canada 14/1 29 Anaheim
P. Kane USA 14/1 27 Chicago
A. Steen Sweden 16/1 27 St. Louis
 R. Nash Canada  14/1  18 NY Rangers
R. Getzlaf  Canada  20/1  27 Anaheim
Z. Parise  USA  16/1  19 Minnesota
 J. Pavelski USA  22/1  29 San Jose
A. Semen   Russia 24/1  13 Carolina
 P. Kessel USA  20/1  30 Toronto
P. Sharp  Canada  25/1  28 Chicago
H. Zetterberg Sweden 30/1 16 Detroit
P. Datsyuk Russia 30/1 15 Detroit
V. Filppula Finland 30/1 20 Tampa Bay
A. Radulov Russia 30/1 (9 in KHL) CSKA Moscow
D. Sedin Sweden 33/1 13 Vancouver
J. Toews Canada 33/1 19 Chicago
L. Eriksson Sweden 33/1 6 Boston
M. Duchene Canada 33/1 17 Colorado
T. Plekanec Czech Republic 33/1 17 Montreal
M. Gaborik Slovakia 40/1 5 Columbus
M. Zuccarello Norway 40/1 15 NY Rangers
T. Tatar Slovakia 40/1 13 Detroit
O. Jokinen Finland 45/1 13 Winnipeg
J. Voracek Czech Republic 50/1 15 Philadelphia
J. Jagr Czech Republic 33/1 17 New Jersey
J. Jokinen Finland 33/1 16 Pittsburgh
M. Hossa Slovakia 22/1 24 Chicago
T. Selanne Finland 50/1 7 Anaheim
A. Kopitar Slovenia 66/1 17 Los Angeles

Five Best Bets

Russian sniper Alex Ovechkin will be carrying an NHL-leading 40 goals into the Sochi games, making him the overarching favorite to take home Sochi's scoring title. 

Other than Ovechkin landing at an 11/2 favorite, four valuable lines to wager include America's Patrick Kane (14/1), Canada's Corey Perry (14/1), Slovakia's Marian Hossa (22/1) and Sweden's Alexander Steen (16/1).  

Dark Horse Bets

Canada's Patrick Sharp has the potential to explode and dominate the scoring for team Canada, especially if he lands a spot on their likely lethal power play, however the betting line on Sharp to return to Chicago as the leading goal scorer in the Olympics lies at 25/1.  

Another dark horse for the Sochi scoring title is Czech Republic's iron man winger Jaromir Jagr. The former fifth-overall pick (drafted when George H.W. Bush was in the White House) is playing in his fifth and likely his last Olympic Games. Jagr will likely carry the burden of the Czech scoring offense, with help from fellow NHL players Patrik Elias, Tomas Plekanec, Ales Hemsky and Jakub Voracek. 

Finally, do not sleep on former NHL superstar Ilya Kovalchuk. Kovi was drafted No. 1 overall by the then-Atlanta Thrashers where he spent the first seven years of his career before moving to New Jersey.

Kovalchuk is "really enjoying" life in Russia's elite professional hockey league, the Kontinental Hockey League, despite leaving behind his lucrative 15-year, $100 million contract and the 417 goals he scored over his 11-year NHL career.

Kovalchuk will join Russia's outstanding group of forwards Alex Ovechkin, Evgeni Malkin and Pavel Datsyuk to try to win the gold medal on their home ice. 

Who is your pick to take home Sochi's scoring title? 



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