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Olympic odds: Crosby, Ovechkin co-favorites for MVP

Feb 5, 2014, 1:10 PM EDT

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Canada’s Sidney Crosby and Russia’s Alex Ovechkin are the favorites to win tournament MVP at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, according to online oddsmaker Bovada.

Crosby and Ovechkin both came in at 7/1, followed by U.S. forward Patrick Kane, at 10/1. The field looks like this:

Alexander Ovechkin (RUS)         7/1
Sidney Crosby (CAN)                7/1
Patrick Kane (USA)                    10/1
Evgeni Malkin (RUS)                  12/1
Henrik Lundqvist (SWE)             15/1
Henrik Zetterberg (SWE)            15/1
Zach Parise (USA)                     18/1
Tuukka Rask (FIN)                     18/1
Ryan Miller (USA)                      18/1
Ilya Kovalchuk (RUS)                 20/1
Roberto Luongo (CAN)              20/1
Jonathan Quick (USA)               25/1
Jonathan Toews (CAN)              25/1
Steven Stamkos (CAN)              25/1
Semyon Varlamov (RUS)           25/1
Carey Price (CAN)                     30/1
Pavel Datsyuk (RUS)                 30/1
Phil Kessel (USA)                      30/1
John Tavares (CAN)                   30/1
Sergei Bobrovsky (RUS)            35/1
Erik Karlsson (SWE)                  40/1
Antti Niemi (FIN)                        40/1
Niklas Backstrom (FIN)              40/1
Henrik Sedin (SWE)                   40/1
Ryan Getzlaf (CAN)                   40/1
Ryan Kesler (USA)                     40/1
Daniel Sedin (SWE)                   40/1
Corey Perry (CAN)                     40/1
Patrick Sharp (CAN)                  50/1
Daniel Alfredsson (SWE)           50/1
Joe Pavelski (USA)                      50/1
Marian Hossa (SLO)                  50/1
David Krejci (CZE)                     50/1
Alexander Steen (SWE)             75/1
Marian Gaborik (SLO)                75/1
Rick Nash (CAN)                       75/1
Loui Eriksson (SWE)                 90/1
Mikko Koivu (FIN)                      90/1
Valtteri Filppula (FIN)                 100/1
Jaromir Jagr (CZE)                    100/1
Jussi Jokinen (FIN)                    150/1
Teemu Selanne (FIN)                  150/1

Some quick thoughts:

– The MVP doesn’t always come from the gold medal-winning team. In fact, the last two MVPs (Miller and Finland’s Antero Niittymakki) were on the silver-medal winning sides; the last guy to win MVP and gold was Canada’s Joe Sakic in 2002.

– Toews (25/1) led Canada in scoring at the ’10 Games in Vancouver.

– Karlsson (40/1) leads all NHL defensemen in scoring (53 points) and should play huge minutes on the Swedish blueline.

– If Quick gets the nod over Miller for the U.S. No. 1 gig in Sochi, he’s really good value at 25/1.

– Just a reminder that Finland won bronze in Vancouver, silver in Turin and silver in Nagano. The Finns always seem to be in medal contention, but I wouldn’t recommend betting on Niklas Backstrom because, you know, he’s not on the team and stuff.

  1. lowenni - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Hard to argue with this list. I think Miller will start and if he does he will certainly be one of my top-5 bets to win MVP–Don’t see Parise or Kane winning MVP though (they’re both in the top-10 there). Don’t think USA will win by offense and those two won’t put up that big totals. Pretty reasonable list though.

  2. muckleflugga - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    it’s kane’s to win

  3. rpiotr01 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    Anyone else think that Russian team is set to crash and burn?

    • spezzdispenser - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:37 PM

      big time… sad looking D and “me”-style hockey players throughout the roster

  4. thailer35 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    What are Ekman-Larrsons odd’s? I’d put $20 on that all day.

    • jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:56 PM

      he’s got better odds of catching an uppercut from malkin again.

  5. jpelle82 - Feb 5, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    odds makers havent watched crosby’s last 5 games or so. something is off.

    • hazlydose - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:23 PM

      He is in the middle of Harry Zolneircyzk and Brian Gibbons tonight. Tanner Glass frequently gets shifts on his right wing as does Chuck Kobasew. Might as well tie his skates together and see how well he can do.

  6. macman911 - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Good sleeper pick with Ryan Getzlaf at 40/1

  7. comeonnowguys - Feb 5, 2014 at 2:29 PM

    Who won best forward last time?

  8. valoisvipers - Feb 5, 2014 at 3:16 PM

    Steen at 75-1 is where I would put my money.

    • bsaures - Feb 5, 2014 at 4:52 PM

      That actually isnt a bad idea he is hot right now andSweeden could be in medal contention

      • valoisvipers - Feb 5, 2014 at 10:20 PM

        Neither Canada or USA hockey pros in the Olympics have won any medals of any color outside of North America. The Swedes have the D that the Russians don’t.They are a force not to be underestimated.

  9. joey4id - Feb 5, 2014 at 7:10 PM

    MVP to Ovi. Gold to Canada! Both Crosby and Ovi would want it this way. :-)

  10. jimw81 - Feb 6, 2014 at 2:52 AM

    put some $$ on Jonas Hiller

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