The Stanley Cup is widely considered the toughest trophy to win in all of sports, but the Conn Smythe Trophy given to the NHL playoffs MVP is the maximum type of hardware that a participant can make. In regards to chances on which guy will acquire the 2019 Conn Smythe Trophy, Boston Bruins goaltender Tuukka Rask is the overwhelming favorite.
Rask is your -120 front-runner to market the hardware in BetOnline, together with Jaden Schwartz (+325), Jordan Binnington (+350), Brad Marchand (+700), Patrice Bergeron (+1800), David Pastrnak (+2000), Vladimir Tarasenko (+2000), Alex Pietrangelo (+2500), Charlie Coyle (+3000) and David Krejci (+3000) rounding out the top 10.
Is it Tuukka Time?
Rask has put the Bruins on his rear in a lot of games so far through three rounds, along with his 12-5 SU album, 1.84 goals-against typical and .942 save percent have B’s supporters reminiscing about Tim Thomas’ improbable run to the 2011 Stanley Cup Final.
Rask, who’s been the subject of scrutiny among Boston press and fans alike for not living up to his pricey contract, has set those questions to bed at the Bruins’ run to the Cup. Los Angeles’ Jonathan Quick has been the previous goaltender to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2012, nevertheless Rask could easily buck that trend this time around.
Do not forget about O’Reilly
I’m a little surprised to see Blues centre Ryan O’Reilly all the way down the list at +4000. O’Reilly ranks second on the Blues in postseason scoring with three goals and 11 assists, but he’s been far and away the very best forwards on the Blues since the beginning of the regular season. The Conn Smythe Trophy does not factor in regular-season victory, but when O’Reilly can continue to excel in the Cup Final, I will see him getting the nod.
Blues rookie netminder Jordan Binnington’s run from minor-league afterthought to superstardom was nothing short of amazing, and just put, St. Louis probably wouldn’t have even made the playoffs with him. The Blues were the worst team in the NHL on January 3 and took off when head coach Craig Berube given the reins of their starting goaltender job to Binnington.
His stats are not as eye-popping as Rask’s (12-7, 2.37 GAA, .914 SV%) but he has been rock-solid for the Blues when they have needed him . At +350, I think he’s a little undervalued.
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