2021 NHL MVP Odds: Connor McDavid Tops Nathan MacKinnon as Preseason Favorite

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 12, 2021

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid warms up before an NHL hockey game against the Chicago Blackhawks in Chicago, Thursday, March 5, 2020. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Leon Draisaitl may have won the 2019-20 Hart Trophy, but his Edmonton Oilers teammate Conor McDavid is the favorite to take home the NHL MVP this season. 

DraftKings Sportsbook currently lists McDavid as a +450 favorite to take home hockey's top honor. However, Colorado Avalanche center Nathan MacKinnon has actually drawn in the largest number of bets at +550.

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NHL HART TROPHY 🏆 Connor McDavid is the favorite, but bettors love Nathan MacKinnon. https://t.co/yg1PU4OxvL

Draisaitl is apparently far from the bettors' minds, as he does not show up among the favorites or most-bet options. No player has repeated as the Hart winner since Alexander Ovechkin in 2007-08 and 2008-09.

McDavid previously won the Hart Trophy in 2016-17 at the age of 20 and has finished in the top five in voting each of the last four years. 

MacKinnon has finished second in the Hart voting twice in the last three years, and it's considered a matter of time before he ultimately adds the MVP to his mantle.


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