NHL Betting Guide: What to consider when making a Conn Smythe pick

Colorado Avalanche centre Nathan MacKinnon (29). (Ashley Landis/AP)

With each team well into their second-round semifinal matchups now and each team’s stud separating themselves from the pack, it’s only fair that we highlight the best of the best.

Yes, you can choose which star will shine brightest in this year’s Stanley Cup Playoffs and walk away with the Conn Smythe trophy when it’s all said and done.

Let’s take a closer look at how that prop works in the betting world along with a few other favourites.


For starters, this prop is extremely straightforward. There’s not a ton to know outside of your prediction for who will win the Connie. The major thing to consider, though, is will that player’s team be in the Finals? That’s the big question. So now that you’ve got that down, let’s review the contenders.

Nathan MacKinnon (+158) came out in Round 1 and absolutely lit up the scoreboard, putting up nine points in the Colorado Avalanche's first-round sweep of the St. Louis Blues. Since then, he’s posted four more points in three semifinal tilts with Vegas and his Avs have just one loss in the post-season. So, in other words, he’s an excellent pick.

Currently, you could also find some good value in Montreal Canadiens netminder Carey Price (+800) and some great stock in reigning 2020 Conn Smythe champion Victor Hedman (+1900).

We can all agree that nobody has really given the Habs a fair shake thus far, which is why Price could be a good dark horse to jump on. Meanwhile, you know the Bolts will always be in the conversation (at least until they’re not anyway). If they can get past the Carolina Hurricanes, it’s anyone’s game.


While the Conn Smythe is a gem of a prop to play with, the Anytime Scorer is one of our all-around favourites. It’s a nightly one that’ll keep you in tune with action and highly entertained with every shot from the player(s) you select.

Most of the top talent from each playing team is listed along with some long shots and you can select if they will or won’t notch a point and or goal – it’s that easy.

The big names on the board to score a goal on Sunday are Brendan Gallagher (+179) for Montreal and Kyle Connor (+124) for the Jets. Neither are paying huge money mind you, so perhaps a roll of the dice on an Eric Staal (+292) or a Mason Appleton (+422) to score may up the enjoyment factor a little more.

Other bets offered come with less of a payout, but include if they’ll go goalless, pointless and you can even put money down on Shots on Goal. There are no safe bets in the sports betting world, but there are some guaranteed fun ones. This one certainly falls into the fun category.


The more obscure the prop bet the better and while the Jack Adams trophy isn’t overly obscure, it is a little irregular given the fact that nobody is thinking about the NHL Awards.

However, the mentality is a little different over at Bodog, as they’re already eyeing up who will walk away with best head coach honours.

Your top candidate is Rod Brind’Amour (-250) followed by Joel Quenneville, Dean Evason, Bruce Cassidy and Jon Cooper. Now, don’t take this the wrong way. This isn’t us saying this, this is Bodog saying that Rod the Bod is as likely of a pick as it gets. He’s favoured by a landslide and if you look at what he and that organization have been able to do, considering what little money they’ve spent, you’d have to agree that it’s pretty darn impressive.

While we like the Hurricane bench boss, it is hard to not take a closer look at Quenneville’s body of work, too. He’s been here before, winning the award back in 2000, and what he’s done in Florida has been nothing short of masterful. Sure, the organization has spent a bit more dough, but you’d be hard pressed to find another coach that has derived more from his young guns this season.

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