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2019 Calder Trophy Odds Breakdown – Elias Pettersson

by OddsShark (@OddsShark)

As the No. 5 overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, there have been high expectations for centre Elias Pettersson set by the Vancouver Canucks. During the 2018-19 NHL regular season, the 20-year-old Pettersson showed that he might have been a steal after totalling 66 points (28 goals and 38 assists) for the Canucks, making him the favourite on the odds to win the Calder Trophy as the league’s top rookie.

Pettersson is also fortunate that goaltender Jordan Binnington of the St. Louis Blues did not make his first start for them until January 7. Otherwise, Binnington might be the -5000 favourite (bet $5000 to win $100) at sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark.com. Instead, those odds belong to Pettersson while Binnington is the +650 second choice (bet $100 to win $650) and 2018 top overall pick Rasmus Dahlin is a distant third at odds of +2200.

Even though Vancouver did not compete for a playoff spot, the team’s future is bright thanks to a leading scorer in Pettersson who is one of the Pacific Division’s best players.

Binnington’s numbers were still outstanding (24-5-1, 1.89 goals-against average) during the regular season and would have been worthy of contending for the Vezina Trophy as well as the NHL’s best goalie had he played a full campaign before leading the Blues on their long postseason run to the Stanley Cup Final.

Meanwhile, Dahlin, a defenseman for the Buffalo Sabres, had 44 points (nine goals and 35 assists) and played an average of more than 21 minutes in all 82 games. Any other year, the 19-year-old Swede might be the front-runner to take home the award, and it might have helped if the Sabres did not fade from playoff contention following a strong start. Still, playing right away has given him great experience as the future No. 1 defenseman in Buffalo. The Sabres got exactly what they wanted from him as the top overall pick

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  • Green Bastard

    Binnington sould be a lock, he is a Stanley Cup finalist and took the Blues outta the NHL basement. Dahlin close second, he broke Orr’s record and is only 18 while Petey is soon 21! Petey therefore distant third, the kid didn’t move the dial for the nucks league position or playoffs.

    • Jaydee

      You really are a green Bastard lol. Do you even know how the votes are done? We’re not talking about most valuable player in the playoff or even in the regular season, we are talking about best Rookie for the Season! Have you actually watched any Canucks games this season? Have you watched Pettersson play? I guess not cuz you’d know that this Kid is the real deal and that he was evidently dominant in almost every aspect of the game and especially in all aspects that would thread the needle towards winning the Calder. Please stop your hainous comments about the canucks players, this is a “Canucks fans” site. Tks

  • Hockey Bunker

    It should go to the most deserving player who accomplished the most or was the most remarkable. Binnington took the worst team in the league and won 75% of his games after he was so poorly thought of as a prospect he was placed with a other organization. The Blues used him because they’d given up on their season and he dragged them into the playoffs. That’s trophy worthy. Petey was good, but the powerplay scored fewer goals than the year before and the team and Petey died in the stretch drive. Binnington just deserves it more. No hype, he just won.

  • Killer Marmot

    Something that may have given the edge to Pettersson over Binnington in Calder Trophy voting is that Pettersson is almost five years younger. Some may have felt that this makes Pettersson “more of a rookie”.

  • Bud Poile

    It’s a regular season-voted trophy and Pettersson was lights -out the best rookie for the first half of the season.He won the rookie of the NHL award in October and December.
    Binnington won in February and March.
    So,it’ll be a close vote.

  • wojohowitz

    Even Gretzky thinks Pettersson is special while Binnington might be this years Raycroft. His opponents will be searching the recordings looking for his weakness as they had no `book` on him.

    • Green Bastard

      The Calder is about what you do in your rookie season dude, not over the course of years in the future lol.

      It’s not based on points either, so Binnington’s incredible success for St Louis is hands down the most impressive rookie campaign in the league. Petey faded like a delicate flower after the all-star break.

      1st – Binnington
      2nd – Dahlin (18)

      distant 3rd – Pettersson (21)