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NHL Regular Season Awards Update

With less than a month to go in the NHL regular season, we look at the favourites to win each of the major individual awards.

Hart Memorial Trophy

Edmonton Oilers' Connor McDavid leads the NHL with 99 points and 42 goals and is -1000 favourite to win the Hart Memorial Trophy as the NHL's most valuable player in the regular season. 

McDavid is a sensational 19 points ahead of teammate Leon Draisaitl who is second for points and +6000 to win the award. 

The Oilers captain has three more goals than Boston Bruins' David Pastrnak who is second favourite for the Hart at +1600

McDavid has won the Hart Memorial twice before and in 2021 became the first unanimous winner since Wayne Gretzky in 1982. 

His and Draisaitl's form has been a major factor in the Oilers scoring the most goals in the league (3.73 average per game) and having the best powerplay (31.1%). 

The pair have kept the Oilers within two points of the top of the Pacific Division which they are +1000 to win while they have tried to solve several defensive deficiencies (21st in the league for goals against). 

Boston's Pastrnak has 39 goals and 74 points in 52 games and has played a crucial role in the Bruins becoming the quickest team in NHL history to reach 80 points and sit top of the standings with a jaw-dropping 40-8-5 record. 

Pastrnak and the Bruins are -500 to be awarded the Presidents' Trophy as the NHL's best regular season team which would give them crucial home ice advantage for the Stanley Cup playoffs which they are +500 to win and become Stanley Cup Champions.

Calder Memorial Trophy 

The Seattle Kraken's rise from a 30th place finish in their inaugural season to a genuine playoff contender has been in large part due to the introduction of 20-year-old centreman Matty Beniers into the line-up. 

In 51 games, the 2021 second overall pick has scored 36 points (17 goals, 19 assists) which leads all rookies and makes him -200 favourite to win the Calder Memorial as rookie of the year. 

Fellow centreman Mason McTavish was picked third in the same draft by the Anaheim Ducks and he is second for points with 30 (11 goals, 19 assists). 

While the Ducks find themselves a lowly 30th in the standings, McTavish's performances make him +750 to beat the Kraken forward to the Calder Memorial Trophy. 

Looking past the top point scorers the first overall pick in 2021, defenceman Owen Power of the Buffalo Sabres is a +1000 intriguing contender for the rookie of the year award. 

The 20-year-old Power has averaged the second highest amount of ice time on the Sabres team (23.33) and his 19 points (three goals, 16 assists) has helped give Buffalo serious hope that they can end their 11-season playoff drought.

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James Norris Memorial Trophy 

Although he has won it twice before, Erik Karlsson of the San Jose Sharks wasn't expected to be the -170 top contender for the defenceman of the year trophy this season. 

But the 32-year-old has rolled back the years and has 17 more points than any other blue-liner and his 18 goals and 55 assists are also top of both categories. 

Most impressively, 54 of Karlsson's 73 points have come at even strength but due to the Sharks’ general struggles around him is a -1 for plus/minus. 

New York Rangers' Adam Fox is +450 to win the James Norris for a second time and the reigning holder Cale Makar of the Colorado Avalanche is +1000

The 24-year-old Fox has 10 goals and 41 assists in 41 games, a +26 plus/minus and he leads the Rangers who have won six in a row in ice time (24.54). 

Makar tops the whole league for time on ice (27.04) and has 13 goals, 32 assists in 45 games, helping the reigning Stanley Cup Champions to third place in the Central Division despite missing several key players through injury.

Vezina Trophy 

Boston Bruins' Linus Ullmark is the -175 front runner for the Vezina Trophy as goalie of the year. The 29-year-old Swede leads the league with 27 wins from 34 games (27-4-1) and he has the best save percentage at .937 and goals against average, allowing just 1.90. 

In his second season with the Bruins, Ullmark became the fastest goalie to reach 25 wins in league history, doing so in 28 games. 

Ullmark has been well supported by Jeremy Swayman in Boston, which has allowed him several night's off where required, a luxury not afforded to Winnipeg Jets' Connor Hellebuyck (+450), New York Islanders' Ilya Sorokin (+500) and Dallas Stars' Jake Oettinger (+850). 

All three have played over 40 games but despite the heavy workload make up the top four for save percentage and are all in the top six for goals against. 

The current holder of the Vezina Trophy Igor Shesterkin of the New York Rangers is also again in contention starting 39 times with a .915 save percentage and 2.52 GAA. 

But in a strong field, Shesterkin will need to be lights out in the second half of the season and move back towards his .935 save percentage and 2.07 GAA of last season to deliver on his +1400 odds of retaining the top goalie prize.

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