Tonight’s the night, folks.
Assuming the league follows through and is able to return to play (a plan that is far from set in stone and is running low on time) tonight’s Draft Lottery will determine where the “eliminated” teams will draft and provide placeholders for the teams yet to be eliminated.
Here’s everything you need to know about tuning into tonight’s broadcast:
2020 NHL Draft Lottery Odds
|1. Detroit Red Wings||0.275||18.50%|
|2. Ottawa Senators||0.437||13.50%|
|3. Ottawa Senators*||0.437||11.50%|
|4. Los Angeles Kings||0.457||9.50%|
|5. Anaheim Ducks||0.472||8.50%|
|6. New Jersey Devils||.493**||7.50%|
|7. Buffalo Sabres||.493**||6.50%|
|8. Team A||n/a||6.00%|
|9. Team B||n/a||5.00%|
|10. Team C||n/a||3.50%|
|11. Team D||n/a||3.00%|
|12. Team E||n/a||2.50%|
|13. Team F||n/a||2.00%|
|14. Team G||n/a||1.50%|
|15. Team H||n/a||1.00%|
* Acquired in a trade with San Jose Sharks (.450 points percentage)
There will be three draws for each of the top three picks. If the team drawn is not a placeholder, they own that pick and will not be eligible for an additional lottery draw. If any of the draws result in a placeholder, then a second phase of the draft lottery will happen prior to the first round of playoffs. Only those eight teams are eligible for Phase 2 of the draft lottery and all of the teams will have the same odds while another draw is made for the pick(s) that have placeholders.
After all lottery picks have been assigned, and the play-in rounds have been completed, the remaining 12 teams that did not win a draw will be assigned picks in the inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the season’s pause.
The play-in rounds will look like this:
Eastern Conference Qualifying Round
Western Conference Qualifying Round