The Hart Memorial Trophy in the National Hockey League is awarded to the most valuable player in the regular season. The trophy was first introduced in 1923 and named after the Montreal Canadiens’ head coach Cecil Hart. Each season, a panel of sports journalists and sports media of the Professional Hockey Writers Association vote on the player who demonstrates their excellence throughout the season.
When it comes to betting on the Hart Memorial Trophy, it can be one of the most simple bets you’ll make all season. You will be betting on a futures style of wager where you can predict the Most Valuable Player recipient months in advance. The odds for the Hart Memorial Trophy are released early in the season at the same time you would see futures wagers for the Stanley Cup champion or conference champions start to pop up.
The Hart Memorial Trophy recipient can be a player of any position, but tends to lean in favor of the goal scorers and offensive positions. So when deciding to place your wager on a potential MVP, you will want to keep those factors in mind – stick to players who are known snipers and playmakers on offense. It’s quite easy to guess which player has the most Hart Memorial Trophies – of course, Wayne Gretzky holds the title with eight. The active player with the most Hart Memorial trophies is Alexander Ovechkin who has three.
It can definitely be a challenge to predict which player might have a strong season. You never really know how a season might go for a particular team, but if you know that a player who traditionally scores a lot and has all of his playmaking teammates for another year, you might see that player succeed.
If you look at last season, it was a little easier, as Connor McDavid has been absolutely electric the last few seasons. He won his second Hart Memorial Trophy in the 2020-2021 season, which was an easy wager – but will he repeat again this year?
You are picking one player from a huge list of top scorers and top players in the league, it can be a huge guessing game in some situations. You have to keep several factors in mind when betting on the Hart Memorial Trophy winner:
Their team will pose a huge factor because the best player on a team is only as good as the support they get. One player can’t do it all at the National Hockey League level, so this player will need key support players and playmakers to keep the puck moving and making opportunities.
Injuries will pose a huge threat to your Hart Memorial trophy futures wagers. If you select a top candidate for the award and that player ends up getting hurt, you would see a huge swing in the odds for this player. Even if they’re out for a few weeks versus a season-ending injury, your cash-out value will plummet, and you will need to select a new player (if at all).
Strength of schedule is one thing that usually relates more to a team’s overall performance than a player’s, but when it comes to how a player might perform against certain teams, it can be critical. If a team has a rough schedule, playing top teams with strong defense and goaltenders game after game, a player may struggle to score or do anything helpful. A player with a weaker schedule may be more favorable because they would arguably have more potential against weaker teams.
When it comes to reading the Hart Memorial Trophy odds, you will see a list of the top players in the league, listed in order from most likely to win the award to least likely. The lower the number, the more likely they are to win MVP, and the higher the number the more unlikely they are to win MVP. You may see a superstar player listed as +150, which would mean they are quite likely to win on a futures standpoint. A player with +7500 odds to win the trophy would be a big underdog.
Betting on the Hart Memorial Trophy odds will make for a fun and exciting season, especially if you are betting on your favorite player! Head over to our online sportsbook and start placing your Hart Memorial Trophy wagers.