Art Ross Odds, Rocket Richard Odds

All Canadian sportsbooks will offer odds for the Art Ross Trophy, Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy, and all other annual NHL awards (including, of course, Hart Trophy odds). You can bet in these markets all year round at odds that are normally best before the season starts but change constantly throughout.

Unlike the Hart Memorial Trophy, there’s no voting for the NHL’s Art Ross Trophy or Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy. Stats dictate the winners of the league’s top scorer and top goalscorer awards, respectively.

Goal and assist numbers will set the odds and tell you who’s the favorite. See below for the latest Art Ross and Rocket Richard odds direct from Canadian online sportsbooks.

NHL Art Ross odds, Rocket Richard odds

Check the Art Ross Trophy odds and Maurice Richard Trophy odds from top Canadian sportsbooks. Click on the odds for any player to go directly to the online sportsbook, claim your bonus and start filling in your betting slips.

Art Ross Trophy favourites

Here’s a look at the best shots Canada and its NHL teams have at winning the Art Ross Trophy or Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy:

  • Connor McDavid: This Greater Toronto-born star, Edmonton Oilers captain and 2021 Hart Memorial Trophy winner also won the 2021 Art Ross. That made him the Art Ross winner three out of five seasons and a perennial candidate to lead the league in points, considering he’s just 24.
  • Auston Matthews: This American-born superstar does play for a Canadian team. In fact, the Toronto Maple Leafs could be considered Canada’s team and, having won the Rocket Richard Trophy in 2021, Matthews gives the Buds a true scoring threat and MVP candidate. This is the guy that broke Alexander Ovechkin‘s three-year hold on the honour. Ultimately, Matthews’ career is on the upswing.
  • Sidney Crosby: The kid from Nova Scotia isn’t a kid anymore, and he’s obviously on the downswing of his career. However, a two-time Hart Trophy winner, two-time Art Ross Trophy winner, and two-time Rocket Richard Trophy winner can never be counted out.

Art Ross, Rocket Richard trends

If there’s one trend among Art Ross or Rocket Richard Trophy winners, it’s that one player tends to dominate for a period of time. Connor McDavid has won three of the past five Art Ross Trophies. While the trophy did change hands almost every year throughout the 2000s, Martin St. Louis and Sidney Crosby won multiple times.

Before that, Jaromir Jagr won four in a row and five in seven years, Mario Lemieux won two in a row twice and five in eight years, and Wayne Gretzky won seven in a row and 10 in 14 years. In the meantime, Alexander Ovechkin has won nine of the past 14 Rocket Richard Trophies. That said, he’s 35 now, and since Auston Matthews won it last season, this could be the beginning of his opportunity to dominate this particular award.

The fact Ovechkin won nine of the past 14 Rocket Richard Trophies, but only one Art Ross Trophy over that time period shows us something else: the importance of assists to the Art Ross winner. While he’s scored as many as 65 goals in a season, the magic number for winning a Rocket Richard Trophy seems to hover around 50 goals.

In the meantime, the race to the Art Ross seems to be a race to around 100 or 110 points. In winning three of the past five Art Ross Trophies, McDavid has averaged close to 70 assists per season. This, and the fact he has averaged just 35 goals per season, tells us assists are what has taken McDavid, and most Art Ross winners, over the top.

Past winners of Rocket Richard, Art Ross Trophies

Here’s a look at recent Maurice Richard Trophy winners:

SeasonPlayerTotal Goals
2020-21Auston Matthews41
2019-20Alexander Ovechkin / David Pastrnak48
2018-19Alexander Ovechkin51
2017-18Alexander Ovechkin49
2016-17Sidney Crosby44
2015-16Alexander Ovechkin50
2014-15Alexander Ovechkin53
2013-14Alexander Ovechkin51
2012-13Alexander Ovechkin32
2011-12Steven Stamkos60

Here’s a look at recent Art Ross Trophy winners:

SeasonPlayerTotal Points
2020-21Connor McDavid105
2019-20Leon Draisaitl110
2018-19Nikita Kucherov128
2017-18Connor McDavid108
2016-17Connor McDavid100
2015-16Patrick Kane106
2014-15Jamie Benn87
2013-14Sidney Crosby104
2012-13Martin St. Louis60
2011-12Evgeni Malkin109

Recent Canadian winners

Since 2000, 10 Canadians have won the Rocket Richard Trophy. With 24 winners during that time (including ties), that’s close to 42 percent of the time. Of course, Alexander Ovechkin has won nine times, good for 37.5 percent of the time all on his own. Canadians have also won ten Art Ross Trophies since 2000.

However, with just 20 winners over that time, Canadians are winning the Art Ross at a 50 percent clip. The bottom line is that betting on a Canadian to win the Art Ross or Rocket Richard Trophy is never a bad idea since a Canadian will win somewhere near half the time.

How NHL Art Ross/Maurice Richard odds work

The NHL’s Art Ross Trophy and Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy betting markets are futures markets. As such, betting in these markets is like betting on any other futures. Odds are available all year long, before the season and during. You can place a bet at any time. While the odds will change, you lock in the currently posted odds when you place your bet. That means winners will get paid at those odds, no matter how much they change. It also means the odds are generally longer the earlier you get a bet down and shorter on the true Art Ross and Rocket Richard contenders as the season rolls on.

As with most futures odds markets, odds are usually positive for most players, until a true favourite emerges. For example, the odds on Connor McDavid winning the Art Ross started at around +275 at the start of the season. He was the favourite, but the odds were still positive, meaning that if you bet $100 on McDavid to win, you stood to win $275, plus your bet back.

By early February, McDavid was running away with the NHL points lead and the odds were down to -118, which meant you had to bet $118 to stand to win $100, plus your bet back. Ultimately, McDavid did win, meaning both bets paid. However, those who bet on McDavid early reaped a much larger reward while taking less of a risk.

Injuries are a part of the game and a part of betting on it. Even a catastrophic injury to the player you bet on won’t void your bet. The only way an Art Ross Trophy or Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy bet might be cancelled or voided is if the season gets cancelled. That said, some sportsbooks have been known to return certain futures bets should disaster strike for a true favourite.

More NHL futures odds

You can also bet in other NHL futures markets, including:

  • Hart Trophy (MVP)
  • Vezina Trophy (Goalkeeper)
  • James Norris Memorial Trophy (defenseman)
  • Frank J. Selke Trophy (defensive forward)
  • NHL team win totals
  • Teams to make the playoffs
  • Teams to win a division
  • Teams to win a conference
  • Teams to win the Stanley Cup

In which provinces can you bet on the Art Ross and Rocket Richard?

Sports betting used to be restricted to parlay betting with Provincial Lottery Corporation products. Products like PROLINE (Ontario), Mise-o-jeu (Québec), PlayNow (BC and Manitoba), Sports Select (Western Canada/Territories) and STADIUM BETS (Atlantic Canada) didn’t offer single-event or award wagering.

That all changed in June 2021 when the Canadian Senate passed a bill permitting each province to approve single-game wagering. Each Canadian province or territory will add single-game wagering to the lotteries ahead of the start of the next NHL betting season.

Art Ross, Rocket Richard Trophy FAQ

When were the NHL trophies named?

The NHL began awarding the Art Ross Trophy to the player who leads the league in points at the end of the regular season in the 1947-48 season. The award is named for Hall of Famer and former Boston Bruins GM and coach Arthur Howey “Art” Ross. It has never been known by any other name. The NHL has only been handing out the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy to the league’s top goal scorer since 1999. It is named in honour of Montreal Canadiens legend Maurice “Rocket” Richard. Before that, the league’s top goal scorer was not recognized with a trophy.

Which player has won the most Art Ross or Rocket Richard awards?

Alexander Ovechkin has won a record nine Rocket Richard Trophies. Four others (Pavel Bure, Jarome Iginla, Steven Stamkos and Sidney Crosby) have won it twice. Wayne Gretzky has won the Art Ross trophy a record 10 times, including seven in a row. Gordie Howe and Mario Lemieux have each won six Art Ross Trophies.

Did Gretzky win every Art Ross and Rocket Richard Trophy every year?

There wasn’t really a Rocket Richard Trophy in Wayne Gretzky’s heyday, and he never won one. He did win the Art Ross trophy 10 times in a 20-year career. That included seven in a row from the 1980–81 season through the 1986–87 season and another two in a row in the 1989–90 and 1990–91 seasons.

Who has had the best and worst goal or total points years?

The lockout-shortened 2012-13 NHL season saw Alexander Ovechkin win the Rocket Richard Trophy with just 32 goals, the fewest ever. Martin St. Louis won the Art Ross trophy the same year and scored just 60 points. That was the lowest Art Ross totals ever posted, even lower than the 61 points Elmer Lach notched in the 1947-48 season to win the first ever Art Ross Trophy.

Ovechkin also scored 65 goals to win the Rocket Richard Trophy in the 2007-08 season. Wayne Gretzky scored 92 goals in the 1981-82 season, the record for most goals in a single NHL season. Gretzky had 215 total points in the 1985-86 season, which is also a record, which helped him win the Art Ross that year.

Is it ever good to bet on a repeat winner?

You bet it is. As outlined above, the one trend among Art Ross or Rocket Richard Trophy winners is repeat winners. Connor McDavid has won three of the past five Art Ross Trophies. Martin St. Louis and Sidney Crosby have won multiple times. Before that, Jaromir Jagr won four in a row and five in seven years, Mario Lemieux won two in a row twice and five in eight years, and Wayne Gretzky won seven in a row and 10 in 14 years. Plus, Alexander Ovechkin has won nine of 14 Rocket Richard Trophies. Repeat winners in these categories are the norm.

When is the best time to bet Art Ross or Rocket Richard futures?

As we also outlined above, the odds are almost always longer the earlier you get a bet down and shorter as the season rolls on. Odds are positive for every player, until a true favourite emerges late in the season. For example, you could get Connor McDavid to win the Art Ross at +275 at the start of the season, but the odds were down to -118 when he was leading the points race late in the season. That means betting on the true favourites early will almost always get you a much larger reward with a reduced risk compared to betting late.

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