Montreal Canadiens right wing Cole Caufield celebrates after the goal by teammate Tyler Toffoli during the first period in Game 2 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup semifinal playoff series against the Vegas Golden Knights, Wednesday, June 16, 2021, in Las Vegas. Caufield assisted on the scoring play. (AP Photo/John Locher)
- NHL Calder Trophy is awarded to the league’s top rookie skater or goaltender each season
- Cole Caufield and Trevor Zegras are the top betting favorites in the NHL odds
- Read below for a full breakdown of all rookie’s NHL odds to win, along with our best bets
The 2022 NHL Calder Trophy betting favorites have not changed since odds have opened. Montreal’s Cole Caufield and Anaheim’s Trevor Zegras are the top NHL betting favorites to win Rookie of the Year. However, odds for rookies further down have shifted, as well as new names being added to the betting odds list.
Caufield comes in as the betting favorite at +350 in NHL Calder Trophy odds. His top competitor is Trevor Zegras at +500, while the leading goaltending candidate in the NHL odds for Rookie of the Year is Florida’s Spencer Knight at +800.
Let’s take a look at the full Calder Trophy odds list at DraftKings and figure out our best bet and one sleeper to win the NHL’s Rookie of the Year.
NHL Calder Trophy Odds
|Cole Caufield (Canadiens)||+350|
|Trevor Zegras (Ducks)||+500|
|Spencer Knight (Panthers)||+800|
|Lucas Raymond (Red Wings)||+1000|
|Moritz Seider (Red Wings)||+1200|
|Alex Nedeljkovic (Red Wings)||+1200|
|Vasily Podkolzin (Canucks)||+1800|
|Jamie Drysdale (Ducks)||+2000|
|Bowen Byram (Avalanche)||+2200|
|Jeremy Swayman (Bruins)||+2200|
|Alex Newhook (Avalanche)||+2500|
|Nils Lundkvist (Rangers)||+2500|
|Marco Rossi (Wild)||+2500|
|Michael Bunting (Leafs)||+3000|
|Dawson Mercer (Devils)||+3500|
|William Eklund (Sharks)||+3500|
|Cole Perfetti (Jets)||+4000|
|Shane Pinto (Senators)||+4000|
|Arthur Kaliyev (Kings)||+4000|
|Hendrix Lapierre (Capitals)||+4000|
|Peyton Krebs (Golden Knights)||+4000|
|Jonathan Dahlen (Sharks)||+4000|
|Anton Lundell (Panthers)||+4000|
|Nick Robertson (Leafs)||+4500|
|Matt Boldy (Wild)||+4500|
|Vladimir Tkachyov (Kings)||+4000|
|Vitali Kravtsov (Rangers)||+5000|
Odds as of October 13 at DraftKings
Cole Caufield Calder Odds & Analysis
Cole Caufield came to life for the Montreal Canadiens in the playoffs last season. Luckily for him, it was in the NHL postseason and is still an eligible rookie for the 2021-22 NHL season. To complete an NHL rookie season, players must dress and play in 25 regular season games. Caufield played in 10 regular season games and 20 postseason games, making him eligible for the Calder Trophy this season.
The 20-year-old had eight goals and nine assists last season totalling 17 points. He has a wicked shot, and the Canadiens plan to utilize him properly.
• Favorite: Cole Caufield +325
• Highest Ticket%: Lucas Raymond 39.0%
• Biggest Liability: Lucas Raymond
• Favorite: Cale Makar +400
• Highest Ticket%: Cale Makar 46.6%
• Biggest Liability: Cale Makar
— John Ewing 🦁 (@johnewing) October 6, 2021
As of right now, it looks like Caufield will be playing on the Habs’ first line alongside Nick Suzuki and Tyler Toffoli, a trio that flourished in the Habs’ Cup run. Caufield will also be on the first powerplay line on the point, which will give him a lot of opportunities for his big shot.
Caufield’s expected goal rate in the playoffs was 54 percent and he averaged 22 shot attempts per 60 minutes in his 30 game clip. I picked Kaprizov to win the Calder last season for two reasons: Experience & Usage. The Canadiens are going to use Caufield a ton, and his playoff experience gives him an edge over other rookies. I expect Caufield to net 25-30 goals this season, and if he does that, the Calder will be his.
Best Bet: Cole Caufield (+350)
Cole Perfetti Calder Odds & Analysis
Cole Perfetti is an intriguing longshot to win the Calder this season. Perfetti is listed at +4000 in the NHL odds to win Rookie of the Year. The Jets have offensive firepower, and Perfetti will be able to compliment that well if he develops properly in his rookie season.
One thing we know about the Jets’ 10th overall draft pick in the 2020 NHL Draft is that he can score. Perfetti logged 111 points in his final season with the Saginaw Spirit. Not to mention, in his 32 games with the Manitoba Moose last year he managed nine goals and 17 assists.
— Joey Battaino (@joeybattaino) October 12, 2021
The Whitby, Ontario native cracked the Jets opening night roster and will play alongside Adam Lowry and Jansen Harkins on the third line. If Perfetti shows early progress, he could very well move up in the depth chart and even crack one of the lethal powerplay units in Winnipeg. The Jets have great NHL Playoff odds, which adds to a Calder resume if Perfetti can help them get there in a big way.
Perfetti will be the main scorer on his current line, so if he capitalizes on his chances his odds will shorten quickly. Take the value on his +4000 odds now as my top longshot pick. There’s a lot more speculation around the playing time of the other rookies at +4000, including Kaliyev, Dahlen, and Lapierre. So, Perfetti is the best bet at this price.
Sleeper Pick: Cole Perfetti (+4000)
With five years of sports journalism under his belt already, Ryan Sura may be young, but he is already making his mark. He has written for publications such as Fantasy Pros, SB Nation and TSN.ca, covering NFL, NBA, and college sports.