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The race for NHL MVP: Marchand, Pastrnak among early favorites ​

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The 2021-22 NHL season is over a month old, and the awards picture is beginning to take shape.

The race is on for the Hart Memorial Trophy, given to the NHL’s most valuable player. Connor McDavid won it last season after putting up 105 points in just 56 games. 

Who will the MVP be this year? Here is a look at the favorites to win the honor. 

Who is the favorite to win the Hart Memorial Trophy?

After winning the Hart last season, McDavid entered the 2021-22 season as the betting favorite to take it again, according to our partner, PointsBet. That hasn’t changed in the first month of the season.

Here are the top favorites to win the NHL’s MVP:

Connor McDavid +150

Leon Draisaitl +350

Alex Ovechkin +1200

Auston Matthews +1600

 

Nathan MacKinnon +2000

Mikko Rantanen +2500

Brad Marchand +2500

David Pastrnak +3000

Artemi Panarin +3000

Andrei Vasilevsky +3000

Anze Kopitar +3000

Aleksander Barkov +3000

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Who are the most recent winners of the Hart Memorial Trophy?

As mentioned earlier, McDavid took home the Hart last season, his second in his career. He previously won the award in 2017. 

Here’s a look at those that have recently won the Hart Memorial Trophy. 

2021: Connor McDavid

2020: Leon Draisaitl

2019: Nikita Kucherov

2018: Taylor Hall

2017: Connor McDavid

Who has won the Hart Memorial Trophy the most in NHL history?

It shouldn’t come to a surprise that The Great One tops the list with the most ever Hart Memorial Trophy wins. Wayne Greztky finished his career winning the award nine times, including eight seasons in a row spanning from 1980 to 1987.  

Gordie Howe was named MVP six times in his career and Eddie Shore won it four. Those three are the only players in NHL history to win the Hart at least four times. 

There have been five players to win the award three times -- Alex Ovechkin, Bobby Clarke, Bobby Orr, Howie Morenz and Mario Lemeiux. And 11 players have been honored with the Hart twice in their careers, including Sidney Crosby, Dominik Hasek, Guy LaFleur and Mark Messier. 

 

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