New York Islanders Mathew Barzal has no odds listed on betting sites for the Hart Trophy in 2018-19. Is that a snub?
Could Mathew Barzal win the Hart Trophy this season? It’s certainly possible. If the New York Islanders make it to the playoffs in 2018-19 it will be thanks to another monster season from Mathew Barzal.
As in, Taylor Hall levels of monstrous. You know. The guy that single-handedly put the New Jersey Devils into the playoffs and won the Hart Trophy in 2017-18. So why wouldn’t Barzal be given odds?
Who knows what the factors are exactly, but it’s likely because the oddsmakers have set the odds so low that it’s not going to return much if any money for bookies. It could also simply be that the oddsmakers don’t think the Islanders will make the playoffs, an unspoken prerequisite to win the league’s MVP award.
On the podcast, we bounce around the idea of Barzal for the Hart and we let you in on a friendly wage we made on Barzal’s upcoming season.
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