Odds for Top Contenders to Win the 2015-16 NHL Scoring Title

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Odds for Top Contenders to Win the 2015-16 NHL Scoring Title
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The NHL scoring race looks like it will have a landslide winner.

As of Thursday morning, there was a 15-point gap between Chicago Blackhawks winger Patrick Kane and his closest competitors. It sure looks like Kane is set to become the Art Ross Trophy winner for the first time in his career.

But he was in a good position to win the race last season too before a collarbone injury ended his year early.

The bottom line is anything can happen—and there are a handful of hopefuls playing well enough to make up some ground should Kane slow down or get hurt. The list includes Sidney Crosby, who has stormed back into the league's top six. If you ignore his early struggles and look at what he's done since Christmas, he's a legitimate challenger.

Some talented names you won't see include Taylor Hall of the Edmonton Oilers, who has had a nice season but is finding himself in the shadow of once-again-healthy super rookie Connor McDavid. You also won't find St. Louis Blues star Vladimir Tarasenko, who has gone ice cold in the past few weeks.

As of now, only Kane projects over 100 points by extrapolating his numbers over the remaining games, but don't discount a fantastic finish by one of these talented contenders. On top of the prorated projections, you'll find my odds on who's going to take the 2015-16 NHL scoring title.

Spoiler: It's top heavy and favors the polarizing Kane.

Click ahead to see how they shake out, and leave your honorable mentions in the comments section.

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