The end is nearing the 2022-23 NHL season and one unsurprising name sits far above the rest for the Hart Trophy.
The latest: Connor McDavid leads the pack thanks to his typical dominance. David Pastrnak is turning heads with his play, and so is Tage Thompson.
Check out the latest Hart Trophy odds.
Hart Trophy odds
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Best odds to win the Hart Trophy
The favourite: Connor McDavid (-1,000)
The Hart Trophy conversation starts with McDavid, who is the runaway betting favourite.
The superstar has finished no worse than fifth in voting every year since his rookie season and has won the MVP award twice.
The Edmonton Oilers captain has been nothing short of sensational this campaign. Through 54 contests, he's compiled 48 goals and 113 points, good for an impressive 1.88 points per game. He's only been held off the scoresheet in six contests thus far.
McDavid is also coming off his best statistical season since joining the league. He finished the 2021-22 campaign with 44 goals and 79 assists. Both marks were career bests, which ultimately resulted in a career-high 123 points.
Edmonton's inability to make the playoffs had been the biggest knock against the McDavid Hart case in past years. The Oilers, though, are in the hunt for first in the Pacific Division.
The 25-year-old, who is two goals away from his first 50-goal season, is the rightful Hart Trophy favourite.
Other Hart Trophy choices
Best value: David Pastrnak (+1,700)
It's hard to conjure up an argument for anyone other than McDavid, but we'll try to do so with Pastrnak.
The Bruins winger is putting together an unbelievable season in what's a contract year for him. He has 42 goals in 58 games, putting him on pace for a career-best 59 markers. Only McDavid has more goals.
He's doing it with a combination of his elite shot and a shoot-first mentality. Pastrnak leads the NHL in shots (279), averaging 4.81 per game.
Pastrnak's best path to winning the Hart Trophy comes by winning the Rocket Richard Trophy. If he can take home the goal title, he'll certainly interject himself into the MVP conversation.
Every player in the league faces an uphill battle in competing with McDavid for the Hart, but Pastrnak has put himself in a position to have a truly special goal-scoring year.
Player to watch: Tage Thompson (+2,000)
Thompson is building on his breakout season with another spectacular campaign.
The hulking 6-foot-6, 220-pound forward hit the 40-goal mark in his most recent outing. He's up to 79 points this year and is a major reason why the Buffalo Sabres are knocking on the door of a playoff spot.
And while that doesn't sound like much, it's a big deal for a Sabres team that owns the NHL's longest playoff drought at 11 seasons.
Although he's had several special moments, his best may have been in a recent outing against the Tampa Bay Lightning. In a game Buffalo needed against an impressive opponent, Thompson scored a hat trick to help lift the Sabres over the Bolts in a 6-5 overtime win.
Thompson is on pace for 57 goals and 112 points. That's an impressive year by any standard.