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Online oddsmaker: Crosby, Kessel co-favorites for Olympic MVP; Oshie at 15/1

Feb 17, 2014, 12:34 PM EDT

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Online sportsbook Bovada has released a series of props prior to the start of the Olympic hockey playoff round and, unsurprisingly, a pair of American names have rocketed up the MVP list.

Phil Kessel, the tournament’s leading scorer, sits even with Sidney Crosby (11/2) as the favorite to win most valuable player. The odds illustrate what a dominant tournament Kessel’s had thus far — on Feb. 5, Bovada released a similar set of pre-tournament MVP odds in which the Toronto winger was listed at 30/1.

As for the other American moving up the list, Olympic hero T.J. Oshie comes in at 15/1 after failing to crack the initial list. Oshie skyrocketed to fame thanks to his four goals in a dramatic win over Russia on Saturday, and now has the same odds as Finnish goalie Tuukka Rask to win tournament MVP.

Here’s the full odds list, per Bovada:

Phil Kessel (USA) 11/2
Sidney Crosby (CAN) 11/2
Pavel Datsyuk (RUS) 13/2
Drew Doughty (CAN) 15/2
Alex Ovechkin (RUS) 8/1
Jonathan Quick (USA) 10/1
Carey Price (CAN) 10/1
Henrik Lundqvist (SWE) 10/1
Erik Karlsson (SWE) 12/1
Semyon Varlamov (RUS) 12/1
T.J. Oshie (USA) 15/1
Tuukka Rask (FIN) 15/1
John Tavares (CAN) 20/1
James van Riemsdyk (USA) 15/1
Jonas Hiller (SUI) 25/1
Ondrej Pavelec (CZE) 40/1
Tomas Plekanec (CZE) 50/1
Olli Jokinen (FIN) 50/1

And here are the updated gold medal odds:

Canada 17/10
USA 11/4
Russia 16/5
Sweden 5/1
Finland 11/1
Czech Republic 25/1
Switzerland 25/1
Slovakia 100/1
Norway 500/1
Latvia 500/1
Austria 500/1
Slovenia 500/1

Finally, Bovada’s also released a series of props for the tournament’s leading goalscorer. The current leader, Michael Grabner, is at 5/4, followed by Kessel (7/4), Doughty (13/2), Jeff Carter (8/1), Ovechkin (9/1), Evgeni Malkin (11/1), Karlsson (12/1), Crosby (20/1), Joe Pavelski (30/1) and Ryan Getzlaf (30/1).

  1. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Odds makers have Datsyuk as 3rd in MVP. I believe I called that to start the tourney. However if Russia doesn’t figure out how to win some games I will look like the fool that I am.

    • lowenni - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:25 PM


  2. pitpenguinsrulez - Feb 17, 2014 at 12:50 PM

    I still like US winning gold. More of a complete team. Go USA!!

  3. blomfeld - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:22 PM


    source: Bloomberg Business News


    Friends, I tried to buy a lighter here yesterday, however the girl at the store told me that they were completely ‘sold out’ of them … I wonder why until reading this headline … :)

    The bottom line is that so far the US is the only ‘serious’ contender firing on all cylinders. Russia isn’t right and the same goes for Canada (ie: lighter sales in Vancouver) and Sweden. Finland could have been good, however they’re probably too badly damaged at this point. Nonetheless, the ‘real’ action starts in earnest ‘now’ with everything riding on the line. Canada should easily advance past the Swiss. Beyond that however, it’s anyone’s guess? … which of course is why this type of competition is so compelling to watch ! :)

    summary: Crosby had better ‘snap out of it’ here pretty quick, if Canada is to advance !

    • lowenni - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      You’re a curious person, Blomfeld. I wonder what you’re like in person, but I’m somewhat afraid to know.

    • hockey412 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM

      Since you’re a Kings fan, I think it’s important to throw out there that the US is firing on all cylinders DESPITE having Dustin Brown on the team. It’s so nice that we let that dirt on the team just to embarrass the US on an international level.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:44 PM

        Can’t agree more.

      • stepanup - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:56 PM

        I’m completely done with Brown getting ice time. I don’t know what he adds that we can’t make up for with more ice for Wheeler and Oshie. I’d rather have Stepan in there as a depth center than have to tolerate any more stupidity from Brown. Bias admitted.

      • blomfeld - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:53 PM

        Listen pal, I have two questions for you …

        1) Who the hell are you ?

        2) What the hell is your problem ?

        I come here and contribute praise for the American effort thus far, coupled with some warranted concern for Crosby … and you ‘furtively’ jump on me with malicious ‘slander and falsehoods’ about Captain Brown ? What are you, nuts or something ? … did someone piss in your fruit basket this morning ? Now we’ve been over this a thousand times already, however let’s do it again one more time. Dustin Brown, captain of the ‘glorious’ SC Champion LA Kings, plays ‘red-blooded’ man’s hockey and he owes no apologies for that ! If you don’t want sore knees, then stop sticking your own stupid knees in front of his ! His is a game that combines ‘chivalry with valor’ as despite playing a very ‘physical & manly’ style, you will ‘never’ see him go for an opponent’s head ever ! The bottom line is that we Kings fans love our captain and we believe that he is going to help deliver Gold for the USA ! :) :) :)


      • uscthom78 - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:10 PM

        What can BRown do for us? He could take a stupid penalty and deliver his patented concussion inducing elbow to sid. However he would be healthy scratch against Canada. Bylsma does not want to see his star player killed.

      • hockey412 - Feb 18, 2014 at 11:52 AM

        Just a US Hockey fan, skeptical about Brown’s inclusion on the team and then incredibly disappointed in the US Hockey mgmts decision when I saw the game vs. Russia. Dirt has no place on ice.

  4. lowenni - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:23 PM

    Oshie’s performance was great, but shootout goals don’t count towards overall point totals. Again, great player, but he won’t win MVP over the likes of Kessel, Ovi, Doughty, Crosby, etc.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:45 PM

      Stop trying to derail the narrative!

    • uscthom78 - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      If we win the rest if our games in shootout, and Oshie scores multiple shoot out goals including the game winner I would at least entertain the thought of him as MVP. nonetheless he deserves the hype and publicity IMO.

  5. mattypbillsmafia - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:30 PM

    Personally, I think it’s way too early to tell who the MVP will be. But I’m pretty shocked that people aren’t losing their minds on here that Sid is on of the favorites, based on the comments on previous articles I figured every flyers fan would have commented on here at least once by now. Ovi being in the conversation at this point is a total joke. He scored like a second into the tourney and has gone into his classic ghost mode. I still think the U.S. team has shown it can win the gold, and if Kane and other players start producing with Kessel, JVR and JoPav keeping up their current clip, they’re going to be a tough team to beat.

    • comeonnowguys - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:50 PM

      I don’t see that clip happening for that Kessel line. The better teams roll more than two good lines.

      • mattypbillsmafia - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:58 PM

        That’s why Kane has to show up, and we need scoring from more than just that line. I think the US has more of a complete team, top to bottom, than everyone except probably Canada.

      • comeonnowguys - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:36 PM

        I agree about Kane. As much as he developed, he still can still withdraw for a period or two if stymied too long. I’d like to see him play a game on a line without Dustin Brown, which they tried later in the Slovenia game. He and Kesler seemed to play well together. (And now makes me wish Vancouver would blow up their team before the trade deadline :))

        My point is is that better teams won’t have to throw the kitchen sink to stop the opponent’s top two lines. It’ll free things up for those lines, and make things a little tougher on the others.

      • mattypbillsmafia - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:43 PM

        I’d say throw Parise on that line, but that may make them too small. What about a Pacieoretty, or Oshie? I agree that Brown probably isn’t the best person to have on that line, and that Kaner and Kessler look like they love playing with each other. About the other top teams though… The US should be included in those top tier teams, and we may be the healthiest and look to be the most comfortable of them. I honestly don’t see Russia playing for gold.

  6. pastabelly - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:32 PM

    I don’t buy that Russia should have better odds at gold than Sweden.

    • narfmoo12 - Feb 17, 2014 at 1:49 PM

      Russia is the home team. Sweden just lost Zetterberg?

  7. patthehockeyfan - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Yeah, okay, I know I’ll get thumbed down.

    “… a pair of American names have rocketed up the MVP list.”

    Phil Kessel and Sidney Crosby

    While technically North American, Crosby is Canadian.

    • alliceishome - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      The pair there is Kessel and Oshie

      • Mike Halford - Feb 17, 2014 at 2:56 PM

        That’s right. Kessel went from 30/1 to where he is now, Oshie went from off the board to 15/1. Crosby was favored from the onset of the tourney, so he didn’t move up.

      • patthehockeyfan - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:24 PM

        Ok, got it. Thanks.

        I read the way the first paragraph was written, followed by Kessel’s and Crosby’s names in the second paragraph. Didn’t get to Oshie’s name until paragraph 3.

        Thanks again.

  8. flyerspsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    • flyerspsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:34 PM

      i was late on the Crosby diving debate yesterday so i figured id push it to today since hes mentioned in this article as well, this is my favorite montage of Crosby’s dives, cheapshots, and temper tantrums

      as for the odds for MVP, im going with Kessel, he was on fire heading into the Olympics and has continued it thus far in the Olympics

  9. atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 17, 2014 at 3:52 PM

    How could Crosby be anywhere near the top of this list? He’s been pretty much invisible so far in the tournament, maybe it’s only playing 15 minutes per game or the 20 second shifts each line seems to get, or perhaps he’s slightly injured, but whatever it is he just hasn’t looked anywhere near right so far. I’m not a big Crosby fan, but I have no problem admitting that in NHL games he’s always dangerous and is always a threat to go off, through 3 games I have yet to see that. As a Canadian I hope that changes soon.

    • patthehockeyfan - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:15 PM

      Here’s what Mike Halford (the writer) wrote above: “Crosby was favored from the onset of the tourney”

      With only 3 games in, and no one on Canada’s team performing well (except Doughty), I guess they saw no reason to change Crosby’s odds. Yet.

      • atwatercrushesokoye - Feb 17, 2014 at 4:26 PM

        It just seems like a poor list, in my opinion (and yes I know PHT didn’t come up with the list) I would have Jonas Hiller much higher, 25/1 odds and 15th on the list seems quite low based on how well he’s played so far, granted the Swiss are still a long shot for a medal but if he gets them to the semis and plays well the entire way, I think there’s a chance he could be named MVP over someone from the gold medal winning team.

  10. broadstreetbeatdown - Feb 17, 2014 at 5:00 PM

    My vote is for Kessel and Doughty at this point in the tourney. While Crosby hasn’t played badly he has been a non-factor so far.

    Honorable mention to Hiller who has been perfect in net but I don’t see the Swiss getting too deep.

  11. nbcornwell - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:23 PM

    Im a Pens fan and the fact that Sid is in the conversation for this is astounding. He’s got what? One or two assists? Not MVP material thus far. Will have to really show up and impress some people in the elimination games to get into the conversation.

  12. penvik - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    MVP is not based solely on stats. Crosby has been almost perfect through 3 games. The team as a whole is not going offensively. I saw crosby come back and prevent 2 great scoring chances. If he doesn’t back check on those plays I don’t even want to know what people would be taking about.

    • flyerspsu - Feb 17, 2014 at 6:56 PM

      Crosby is the best player in the world, but you cant possibly believe he deserves to be the MVP thus far or even in the top 5 for that matter

      Kessel, Doughty, and Hiller for starters are three guys that are significantly more deserving

  13. csilojohnson - Feb 17, 2014 at 7:33 PM

    If Crosby scores in OT during gold medal game again. I wouldnt be surprised if they gave him MVP. Im sure that is what the odds makers are thinking.
    And we still have quite a few games left. Speculating on who takes it at this point is, well pointless. Unless your betting on it. (might have a problem)

  14. hy3rid28 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:14 PM

    Crosby has to be the favorite at this point with a whopping 0 goals!! How is even on the list let alone tied for first

  15. bobc74 - Feb 17, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Who gives a crap about the MVP? The whole team wins the most prestigious award of this tournament and each player receives his own-a Gold Medal. What’s more important than that? As Herb Brooks used to ask, “Who do you play for?”. And the answer to that question isn’t yourself, which is what the MVP accolade is all about.

  16. 13datsyuk13 - Feb 17, 2014 at 9:56 PM

    That hit was text book Dustin Brown. I agree that it was an embarrassment. Shane Doan is foaming at the mouth somewhere after watching that replay.

  17. slickvb82 - Feb 18, 2014 at 12:17 AM

    Crosby is a little punk, doesn’t deserve MVP at this point and won’t by the end of the tourney. There are 2-3 U.S. players that deserve it over him right now.


  18. Idaslapter - Feb 18, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    LOL, really? Doesn’t Crosby at least have to show up for a game before he considered?

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