In early December, Patrick Kane and Artemi Panarin emerged as the early favorites to win NHL awards at the end of the year, and that remains the same as we approach the halfway mark of the regular season.
According to Bovada's updated odds, Kane is the front-runner to win the Hart Trophy for league MVP at 5/6 odds, the Art Ross Trophy for most points during the regular season at 5/7 odds, and ranks third to win the Maurice "Rocket" Richard Trophy as the NHL's top scorer at 4/1 odds. He currently leads all players in points (57), assists (34) and ranks second in goals (23).
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Artemi Panarin remains the favorite to win the Calder Trophy as the league's top rookie, pegged at 10/11 odds. He leads all rookies in points (34) and assists (23). Arizona's Max Domi (9/4), Detroit's Dylan Larkin (7/2) and Buffalo's Jack Eichel (11/2) round out the top four.
The Blackhawks, who were the favorites to win the Stanley Cup at the beginning of the season, own the fourth-best odds to repeat at 9/1 odds, trailing Washington (6/1), Dallas (7/1) and Los Angeles (8/1). No team has ever won back-to-back titles in the salary cap era. The last team to accomplish that feat was Detroit in 1997 and 1998.
Corey Crawford also has the fourth-best odds to win the Vezina Trophy as the league's top goaltender at 6/1 odds. He boasts a 20-10-2 record with a 2.23 goals against average and .925 save percentage, and leads the league in shutouts with six.
Washington's Braden Holtby is the current favorite at 5/9 odds, followed by Los Angeles' Jonathan Quick (7/2) and New York Rangers' Henrik Lundqvist (11/2).