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Please recall last week when we brought you the Vegas team point projections for the 2009-10 NHL regular season; a list that made many a Columbus Blue Jackets fan maudlin. The sports wagering mavens at Bodog have released some projections of their own, including the over/under on goals-scored for some of the League's elite talents:

Alexander Ovechkin(notes): 56.5 goals
Ilya Kovalchuk(notes): 46.5
Rick Nash(notes): 45.5
Dany Heatley(notes): 44.5
Evgeni Malkin(notes): 42.5
Jarome Iginla(notes): 41.5
Jeff Carter(notes): 40.5
Thomas Vanek(notes): 40.5
Sidney Crosby(notes) 35.5

Huh ... might take the "over" on that Vanek prediction.

Even more interesting are the sports betting odds on the NHL's major awards this season, which can also serve as unofficial predictions on who will skate away with them. Coming up, it's Alex vs. Sidney; for MVP; long odds for Washington Capitals defenseman Mike Green(notes) and Philadelphia Flyers goalie Ray Emery(notes) in their trophy races; and enthusiasm for both Joe Thornton(notes) of the San Jose Sharks and Jay Bouwmeester(notes) of the Calgary Flames.

From Bodog:

Who will win the Hart Trophy as the NHL's MVP?

Alexander Ovechkin  4/1
Sidney Crosby   4/1
Evgeni Malkin   6/1
Joe Thornton    8/1
Any Other Forward  2/5
Any Goaltender   3/1
Any Defenseman   10/1

Jumbo Joe was ninth in the Hart voting last season. The Heatley Effect in play?

Who will win the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL's points leader?

Alexander Ovechkin  3/1                   
Evgeni Malkin   3/1                   
Sidney Crosby   5/1       
Pavel Datsyuk(notes)   8/1
Joe Thornton   12/1
Dany Heatley   14/1     
Nicklas Backstrom(notes)  16/1     
Ryan Getzlaf(notes)   16/1
Jarome Iginla    18/1
Jason Spezza(notes)   22/1
Henrik Zetterberg(notes)   28/1                 
Ilya Kovalchuk   28/1
Marc Savard(notes)    28/1     
Rick Nash   28/1
Martin St. Louis(notes)  30/1
Daniel Alfredsson(notes)  35/1                 
Daniel Sedin(notes)   35/1     
Henrik Sedin(notes)   35/1                 
Mike Richards(notes)   35/1     
Eric Staal(notes)   40/1                 
Jeff Carter   40/1                 
Jonathan Toews(notes)   40/1     
Zach Parise(notes)   40/1                 
Anze Kopitar(notes)   50/1     
Derek Roy(notes)   50/1
Martin Havlat(notes)   80/1                 
Mike Cammalleri   80/1                 
John Tavares(notes)   100/1  
Shane Doan(notes)   100/1               
Field (Any Other Player) 16/1                 

Not too many surprises, although Getzlaf at 16/1 would be an interesting play. How many inebriated Long Islanders staggered out of the sports book with a prop bet on Tavares?

Who will win the Vezina Trophy for being the NHL's top Goaltender?

Martin Brodeur(notes)  5/1
Tim Thomas(notes)   7/1
Niklas Backstrom(notes)  15/2
Roberto Luongo(notes)  8/1
Evgeni Nabokov(notes)  9/1
Cam Ward(notes)   10/1
Steve Mason(notes)   10/1
Tomas Vokoun(notes)  10/1
Henrik Lundqvist(notes) 12/1
Cristobal Huet(notes)  14/1
Marty Turco(notes)   16/1
Nikolai Khabibulin(notes)  16/1
Ryan Miller(notes)  16/1
Carey Price(notes)  18/1
Jonas Hiller(notes)  20/1
Semyon Varlamov(notes)  25/1
Pekka Rinne(notes)   33/1
Chris Mason(notes)  40/1
Pascal Leclaire(notes)  40/1
Ray Emery  40/1
Craig Anderson(notes)  50/1
Field   13/2

You know, Ryan Miller, Pekka Rinne and Steve Mason are all interesting options at long odds.

Who will win the James Norris Trophy as the NHL's best defenseman?

Zdeno Chara(notes)  3/1
Nicklas Lidstrom(notes)  7/2
Jay Bouwmeester  11/2
Dion Phaneuf(notes)  6/1
Chris Pronger(notes)   9/1
Dan Boyle(notes)  9/1
Mike Green  10/1
Scott Niedermayer(notes) 10/1
Sergei Gonchar(notes)  12/1
Brian Rafalski(notes)  14/1
Brent Seabrook(notes)  18/1
Cam Barker(notes)  18/1
Andrei Markov(notes)  20/1
Duncan Keith(notes)  22/1
Paul Martin(notes)   22/1
Dennis Wideman(notes)   28/1
Mark Streit(notes)  30/1
Field (Any Other Player) 4/1

Stunned by Green's odds here. Granted, last season showed that the voters believe his defensive deficiencies (such as they are) outweigh his stellar offensive numbers. But he's a top-three candidate, no doubt. Also of note: Brent Seabrook getting more love than Duncan Keith despite not receiving a Norris vote last season. Also, also of note: Donde esta Brian Campbell(notes)?

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