NHL Awards odds: McDavid closing gap in Calder race

Who else?!? Following his first career five point game Connor McDavid was a shoo-in to be our back to back rookie of the week.

As we inch closer to the 2015-16 post-season, the races for the various NHL awards are heating up.

There are clear frontrunners in some categories – Patrick Kane, for example, would seemingly have to go completely cold not to win the Hart at this point – but the most interesting and potentially contentious award could end up being the Calder, given to the league’s top rookie.

If you were to ask your average hockey fan who the best rookie in the NHL is, there’s a strong chance they’re going to say Connor McDavid. It’s difficult to argue against the idea that the Edmonton Oilers franchise centre is the most talented rookie in the league. However, it’s Chicago Blackhawks winger Artemi Panarin that has the best chance to win the Calder, according to sports gambling website Bovada that released the latest odds Tuesday.

Panarin has a stranglehold on the scoring race among first-year players with an impressive 57 points in 62 games. Unlike the other top rookies, though, he is a 24-year-old who has played professionally in the KHL so some people feel there’s an asterisk beside his name when it comes to the Calder race.

Heading into Tuesday’s action, McDavid, who missed 37 games earlier in the season with a broken clavicle, was averaging 1.07 points per game. If he had been able to keep that pace up and played in every Oilers game he’d have 68 points. It took him just 22 seconds to open the scoring against the Buffalo Sabres Tuesday.

Here’s a look at the leading contenders in each of the main player categories, according to Bovada. (The odds for the Selke Trophy were not available.)

Hart Trophy
Patrick Kane – 1/5
Braden Holtby – 10/3
Erik Karlsson – 13/2
Jamie Benn – 12/1
Sidney Crosby – 15/1
Tyler Seguin – 25/1
Alex Ovechkin – 30/1

Norris Trophy
Erik Karlsson – 1/4
Drew Doughty – 3/1
John Klingberg – 10/1

Vezina Trophy
Braden Holtby – 2/5
Corey Crawford – 7/5
Henrik Lundqvist – 5/1
Cory Schneider – 10/1

Calder Trophy
Artemi Panarin – 3/10
Connor McDavid – 5/1
Shayne Gostisbehere – 7/1
Dylan Larkin – 7/1

(h/t to PHT)