There are not any signs of Alex Ovechkin slowing heading into his first season after winning a Stanley Cup. Bovada just released their latest odds for the Hart Memorial Trophy (the NHL’s Most Valuable Player Award) and Ovechkin was tied with the third-best odds to win in each of the NHL at 10/1.
He had been joined by 2 additional Washington Capitals, Nicklas Backstrom and Evgeny Kuznetsov both at 50/1 chances.
Here are the odds for the 11 players:
Connor McDavid 10/3
Sidney Crosby 13/2
Auston Matthews 10/1
Alex Ovechkin 10/1
Jon Tavares 10/1
Taylor Hall 15/1
Nikita Kucherov 15/1
Nathan MacKinnon 15/1
Mark Scheifele 15/1
Anze Kopitar 18/1
Evgeni Malkin 18/1
The only two players before’The Good 8′ would be the 21-year-old McDavid and dreaded rival Crosby.
In spite of the immense amount of alcohol that has been consumed in the previous two months, Ovechkin remains commanding respect in Vegas. It is difficult not to when he turns around these intense offseason workouts. In 32, Ovechkin led the NHL in scoring with 49 goals per year before, the seventh such time he has done so.
The 2018 Conn Smythe winner has three MVP trophies to his name (just one greater than Crosby) and there’s not any telling what to expect now that the 11-time All-Star has a Stanley Cup title.
In his 11 years in the league, Backstrom has never got any votes for the Hart Memorial Trophy. Kuznetsov only has done and that was in the 2015-16 season.
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