The regular-season is well underway, but there’s still time to get good odds on futures bets, which makes now the perfect time to put your wager in.
Here’s a look at the race for the 2023 Norris Trophy.
2023 NHL Norris Trophy Odds
Here are the betting favorites to win the 2023 Norris Trophy as of Nov. 9, 2022. (Odds courtesy of Caesars Sportsbook.)
- Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (+140)
- Roman Josi, Nashville Predators (+700)
- Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning (+700)
- Adam Fox, New York Rangers (+700)
- Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres (+800)
- Erik Karlsson, San Jose Sharks (+1200)
- Miro Heiskanen, Dallas Stars (+1800)
- Aaron Ekblad, Florida Panthers (+2000)
- Moritz Seider, Detroit Red Wings (+2000)
- Charlie McAvoy, Boston Bruins (+2500)
- Shea Theodore, Vegas Golden Knights (+2500)
- Kris Letang, Pittsburgh Penguins (+2500)
Makar, who won the award in 2022, is still a runaway preseason favorite, just as the Avalanche are considered the likely team to hoist the Stanley Cup come June. The top-4 consists of former winners with Josi (2020), Fox (2021) and Hedman (2018) following the star Colorado blueliner.
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Karlsson, a two-time winner, is off to an unconscious start offensively, which is why he’s shot up the award ranking. Dahlin, the top pick of the 2018 draft, is off to a blistering start offensively and could stay in contention if the Sabres can stay in contention.
2023 Norris Trophy Prediction
Cale Makar, Colorado Avalanche (+140)
Waiting for the season to start is the perfect way to get slightly better odds on the favorite, and that’s exactly what’s happened for Makar.
The Avalanche superstar defenseman was Even money at the season’s outset but has been unlucky in the goal-scoring department through the first month. But given the fact his competitors (read below) Fox, Josi and Hedman are also not having super starts, Makar’s odds are worth taking advantage of.
2023 Norris Trophy Contenders
Adam Fox, New York Rangers (+700)
Fox is among the very best in the game and should be on the short list of Norris contenders every season. But he and the Rangers are off to an uneven start, and his offensive game hasn’t quite taken off yet.
Still, Fox and New York should turn it around soon. If you agree, it’s worth a small wager given his odds.
Victor Hedman, Tampa Bay Lightning (+700)
Hedman has finished third in Norris voting in four straight seasons, after winning the award in 2018. Still, Hedman and the Lightning are off to a slow start, which is why he hasn’t made any gains on Makar.
You can’t go wrong betting Makar, Hedman, Fox or Josi to win this award, given how exceptional each is at his position. It’s just dependent on who wins it in a given year.
Rasmus Dahlin, Buffalo Sabres (+800)
Dahlin started the year on fire and trailed only Karlsson for points among defensemen. The only question is if the Sabres can stay in contention or if Dahlin carries them near the playoffs. If he does, he’d make a good finalist given the iffy start Josi and Hedman are off to.
2023 Norris Trophy Sleepers
Dougie Hamilton, New Jersey Devils (+3000)
The Devils are on fire, and Hamilton is in the top-5 in points and leading the team in ice time.
The club’s goaltending is perceived as a team weakness, but Hamilton can get credit for New Jersey’s exceptional shot suppression and play-driving.
A Hamilton injury, in part, doomed New Jersey’s season in 2021-22. A long as he stays healthy and the team plays well, his odds will only shorten. He opened at +6000.
Brent Burns, Carolina Hurricanes (+6500)
Burns is having a resurgent season in his first year with the Hurricanes and is leading Carolina blueliners in points and ice time through the season’s first month. The Hurricanes are also one of the stingiest defensive team in hockey, which should only boost Burns’ candidacy.
Given the odds, and the fact Burns won the Norris Trophy in 2017, it is absolutely worth a sprinkle.