MacKinnon, Josi early favourites on NHL awards odds

Colorado's Nathan MacKinnon rushes with the puck. (John Locher/AP)

Leon Draisaitl laid claim to a spot among the NHL's elite last season, claiming his first career Hart Trophy as the player most valuable to his team. But despite leading the league by a wide margin with 110 points, the Edmonton Oilers star lags behind the favourites on the Hart Trophy odds for the season ahead at +1200 at sportsbooks monitored by

Draisaitl is one of two Oilers stars among the leaders on the odds to win the Hart Trophy, with Connor McDavid sporting short +600 odds at sports betting sites to lift the trophy in the upcoming season. However, the 23-year-old Oilers captain will have to avoid the injuries that plagued him last season if he is to keep pace with Nathan MacKinnon, who has emerged as an early +550 favourite.

The Colorado Avalanche centre enjoyed a spectacular start to last season, rocketing to the top of the NHL player stats with 42 points through his first 26 outings. MacKinnon subsequently cooled off, finishing the season fifth in scoring, but impressed during the Avalanche's abbreviated playoff run, racking up 25 points in just 15 post-season games.

Expectations of a breakthrough season for the New York Rangers have helped lift Artemi Panarin to a strong +800 wager to win the Hart Trophy. Fresh off a successful march to a Stanley Cup win, Tampa Bay's Nikita Kucherov sits just ahead of Draisaitl at +1100. Buffalo's Jack Eichel sits just off the pace at +1500, followed by Toronto's Auston Matthews at +1600.

It is a much tighter race on the odds to win the Norris Trophy, awarded to the NHL's all-around best defenceman. Nashville Predators rearguard Roman Josi leads the way as short +400 chalk to repeat as the Norris Trophy winner, just ahead of Washington's John Carlson at +500, and Lightning blueliner Victor Hedman at +550.

Josi was the biggest bright spot on a middling Predators squad last season. In addition to playing over 25 minutes per game, third most in the NHL, Josi also led all rearguards with 260 shots on goal, and trailed only Carlson with 65 points.

Carlson racked up an impressive 26 power-play points while tallying a career-high 75 points in just 69 games, and also led all defencemen with six game-winning goals. While Hedman enjoyed another stellar campaign, picking up 55 points, he saved his best work for the post-season, racking up 22 points in 25 games to win Conn Smythe Trophy honours.

Elsewhere on the Norris Trophy betting lines, San Jose Sharks teammates Brent Burns and Erik Karlsson sit at +800 and +900, respectively, on those NHL odds, while Alex Pietrangelo joins Cale Makar and Torey Krug at +1400.

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