The 2022 NHL All-Star Game will take place on Saturday while the Skills Challenge will happen on Friday night this week. There are a bunch of competitions at the Skills Challenge, including the always popular fastest skater challenge. Let’s take a look at all the participants for fastest skater this year and who may have the edge.
Update — Blue F Jordan Kyrou won the fastest skater competition at All-Star Weekend on Friday night with a time of 13.55 seconds. He was 8/1 to win the event on DraftKings Sportsbook, 4th-best odds out of the group. McDavid came in 4th in the event with a time of 13.69 (nice). Here are the full results and video of Kyrou:
1. Jordan Kyrou, St. Louis Blues - 13.550
2. Adrian Kempe, Los Angeles Kings - 13.585
3. Chris Kreider, New York Rangers - 13.664
4. Connor McDavid, Edmonton Oilers - 13.690
NHL Fastest Skater participants
Chris Kreider, NYR
Adrian Kempe, LAK
Kyle Connor, WPG
Evgeny Kuznetsov, WSH
Jordan Kyrou, STL
Dylan Larkin, DET
Cale Makar, COL
Connor McDavid, EDM
McDavid will likely be the favorite to win this competition along with Larkin. Both have won the competition in the past — Larkin back in 2016 and McDavid back-to-back-to-back in 2017, 2018 and 2019. The reigning champion of the event — New York Islanders C Mathew Barzal — will not be defending his title from 2020.
Fastest Skater odds
Larkin at +550 is juicy considering he’s won this event before. Kempe is also young and could be hungry at 10/1 on DraftKings Sportsbook. Those would be the two spots I look at and something to consider. Kyrou is also on the younger side. It’ll be hard to beat McDavid, but we also don’t know how motivated he’ll be. Remember, it’s $30K to the winner of each of these events. To someone making McDavid money, that isn’t as big.
If you or someone you know has a gambling problem, crisis counseling and referral services can be accessed by calling 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537) (IL/IN/MI/NJ/PA/WV/WY), 1-800-NEXT STEP (AZ), 1-800-522-4700 (CO/NH), 888-789-7777/visit ccpg.org/chat (CT), 1-800-BETS OFF (IA), 1-877-770-STOP (7867) (LA), 877-8-HOPENY/text HOPENY (467369) (NY), visit OPGR.org (OR), call/text TN REDLINE 1-800-889-9789 (TN), or 1-888-532-3500 (VA). 21+ (18+ NH/WY). Physically present in AZ/CO/CT/IL/IN/IA/LA/MI/NH/NJ/NY/OR/PA/TN/VA/WV/WY only. Eligibility restrictions apply. See draftkings.com/sportsbook for full terms and conditions.