The Eastern Conference finals are already over while the Western Conference finals are nearing an end, meaning the list of Conn Smythe candidates is shortening.
The latest: Sergei Bobrovsky has jumped to the front of the pack as he continues to mystify opposing shooters. Fellow goaltender Adin Hill is emerging as a nice value pick as a main catalyst for his team's success.
Check out the latest Conn Smythe Trophy odds as of May 26.
Conn Smythe Trophy odds
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NHL odds as of 2:45 p.m. ET on 05/28/2023.
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Best Conn Smythe Trophy odds
The favourite: Sergei Bobrovsky (+200)
Sergei Bobrovsky is the favourite to win the Conn Smythe Trophy and it's not hard to see why.
The Florida Panthers netminder has a .935 save percentage this postseason and a .954 save percentage since the start of the second round. He completely stymied the Carolina Hurricanes in the Eastern Conference final, only allowing six goals through four contests.
Bobrovsky's 19.5 goals saved above expected are more than double the next closest goalie (Igor Shesterkin, 8.8) per Money Puck.
Other Conn Smythe choices
Best value: Adin Hill (+1,700)
Hill is quietly becoming the catalyst for his team's success.
For starters, there really isn't an offensive player having an extraordinary performance. Jack Eichel has a good-not-great 18 points this postseason, while Mark Stone is three behind with 15. He's the lowest team leader in points among the three remaining squads.
Defensively, the Vegas Golden Knights are a team where the sum of the parts is more valuable than the individual pieces. Featuring plenty of big and rangy rearguards, Vegas is a difficult team to break down. Alex Pietrangelo could emerge as a potential option, but his inconsistent offence makes him a less obvious option.
Hill, meanwhile, has taken over the crease and left no doubts. His postseason save percentage (.932) is ever-so-slightly lower than Bobrovsky's, and he owns a 6-3 record across 10 appearances.
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