Who’s in the Running for the 2023 Conn Smythe Trophy?
After a wild ride through the opening two rounds of the 2023 NHL Playoffs, we are down to just four remaining teams vying for the right to call themselves Stanley Cup champions. Ahead of the start of the Conference Finals we are taking a look into the future at the current favourites in the running for the 2023 Conn Smythe Trophy.
The Conn Smythe is the NHL’s version of the playoff MVP, awarded to the player that has excelled at the highest level throughout the postseason. Only five times in the illustrious history of the National Hockey League has the Conn Smythe been handed to a member of a losing team, making players from the winning team the best bet possible.
With such an evenly matched field, we are going to take a look at each of the top candidates from the remaining NHL franchises competing for the 2023 Stanley Cup!
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2023 Conn Smythe Odds
|Sebastian Aho (CAR)||+600|
|Jack Eichel (VGK)||+600|
|Matthew Tkachuk (FLA)||+750|
|Roope Hintz (DAL)||+900|
|Frederik Andersen (CAR)||+900|
|Sergei Bobrovsky (FLA)||+1000|
|Mark Stone (VGK)||+1000|
|Joe Pavelski (DAL)||+1500|
|Jake Oettinger (DAL)||+1500|
|Carter Verhaeghe (FLA)||+1500|
Odds Courtesy of DraftKings Ontario Sportsbook as of May 16th, 2023
Sebastian Aho (Carolina Hurricanes) (+600)
Tied for the lead in the current 2023 Conn Smythe odds, the Carolina Hurricanes, Sebastian Aho is firmly in the running for this year’s award.
Through the first two rounds of the playoffs, Aho has been sensational. With 10 points including five goals scored in 12 games played, it’s clear that he has been the driving force for success on his team. With several key players out for the Hurricanes this postseason, Aho’s play has provided a major boost to his teams chances of winning.
Able to be a focal point of the offence both as a scorer and as a facilitator makes Aho a dangerous threat in the offensive zone whenever the puck touches his stick. With his team needing him to continue putting points up on the board, Aho is a terrific look for any bettors that foresee the Hurricanes making the leap to the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time since winning it all in 2006.
Jack Eichel (Vegas Golden Knights) (+600)
Co-favoured to claim the 2023 Conn Smythe Trophy, the Vegas Golden Knights, Jack Eichel has been sensational in his first full season with his team.
A lethal scoring threat, Eichel is an unstoppable force on the ice. Possessing a lighting quick release that routinely bests netminders, the former second-overall pick has established himself as one of the top goal-scorers in the NHL.
His goal scoring prowess has extended well into the postseason as Eichel has found the back of the net six times in 11 games played, to go along with eight assists bringing his grand point total to 14. With the Golden Knights offence looking potent as ever, watch for Eichel to be right in the middle of the action for his squad as he continues to rack up impressive stat lines.
At +600, Eichel still holds tremendous value as a favourite and could be set to land you your next major payday on the 2023 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Matthew Tkachuk (Florida Panthers) (+750)
The heart-and-soul of the biggest underdog story of this year’s postseason, Mattew Tkachuk of the Florida Panthers holds the next-best odds behind Aho and Eichel at +750.
Tkachuk as been everywhere for the Panthers, providing a spark for his team in every facet of the game, on and off the ice. A standout talent on his team, Tkachuk leads the Panthers in scoring with a phenomenal 16 points in 14 games played.
While Tkachuk certainly has the skillset to get the job done on the scoreboard, he also makes his presence felt outside of the box score. As gritty as they come, the Panthers forward never shies away from an opportunity to become a thorn in the side of his opponent, landing big hits and talking trash between the whistles.
With his brilliant two-way play, Tkachuk is a great bet for anyone that believes in the underdog Panthers to extend their once-in-a-lifetime story into the Stanley Cup Final this season.
Roope Hintz (Dallas Stars) (+900)
Coming out of nowhere, Dallas Stars centre, Roope Hintz has become the star of the postseason for his team, exploding for 19 points in 13 games played, sitting only behind Connor McDavid for the most points through the 2023 NHL Playoffs.
Hintz is coming off of another solid regular season but this playoff run may have us witnessing him take the next step toward stardom. The 26-year-old Finn, has been unstoppable offensively, able to produce scoring chances with ease for his Stars linemates all postseason long.
Looking to leave his mark on NHL history as the first Finnish player to ever claim the Conn Smythe, at +900 the feel good story of Roope Hintz may keep on trucking as the Dallas Stars look ready to claim the Stanley Cup for the first time since 1999.