As we get ready for Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Final, which goes on Wednesday night, there are lots of wagers to consider. Besides picking the outcomes of each specific game, we can also wager on the cup winner, how many games they will win the series in, and who will eventually win the MVP. The player who is voted as the best in the playoffs will win the Conn Smythe Trophy, and there are a few players who are already considered to be in the hunt. That can change, though, as one player might well step up and take their game to the next level over the course of the Stanley Cup Final. For now, let’s look at some of the players who are in the hunt to win the Conn Smythe so you can bet against their NHL Awards Odds.
NHL Conn Smythe Winner Odds Analysis | Stanley Cup Betting Picks
Cale Makar (+180)
In many sports, it is offensive players who get all the MVP glory. In the NHL, it is not uncommon to see a goaltender, or a defensive player win the Conn Smythe. The favorite to win it at the moment is a defenseman for the Colorado Avalanche. Cale Makar has been nothing short of brilliant through the 14 games that the Avalanche have played this postseason, picking up 22 points (5G 17A). He has also delivered the goods on the +/- side of things, sitting at +11 through the opening 3 rounds. He has also managed to stay out of the penalty box and did not pick up a single penalty in the Western Conference Final.
Nathan MacKinnon (+190)
We have another Colorado Avalanche player sitting just behind Makar on the bookies board, and you have to say that this one is not a surprise. Nathan MacKinnon is widely regarded as one of the best players currently plying his trade in the NHL and he has actually upped his game a little during this postseason. Through the 14 playoff games that the Avs have played, MacKinnon has registered 18 points and has been particularly dangerous on the Power Play, scoring 5 on his 11 goals with the man advantage. He has seen his shooting percentage go from 10.7% in the regular season to 13.4% in the playoffs.
Andrei Vasilevskiy (+350)
In order to be great in the NHL, teams need a reliable goaltender to bail them out. The Tampa Bay Lightning have that, which is why they are on pace to win their 3rd straight Stanley Cup. Vasilevskiy has played a major role in the success of his team, with the proof of that coming in the fact that he won the Conn Smythe Trophy last year. He did not look stellar in the opening round, but since then, he has basically shut the door and has a GAA of 2.27 and a save percentage of .928, as well as a single shutout. If the Lightning win their 3rd in a row, I’d be on Vasilevskiy to win the Conn Smythe.
Nikita Kucherov (+350)
This is the man that the Avalanche are going to need to be very aware of at all times, bur especially on the Power Play. Kucherov has amassed 23 points through the 17 playoff games the Lightning have played this postseason. Of the 7 goals that he has scored, 5 have come on the PP, so he is especially dangerous with the man advantage. He is also at a +4 and has not shied away from the physical side of things, picking up 14 penalty minutes.
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