The Colorado Avalanche won the 2013 NHL Draft Lottery and will select first at the draft of June 30th. Colorado had the second best chance of winning the lottery (18.8%) behind only the Florida Panthers (25.0%).
It is widely speculated that defenseman Seth Jones will be the player whose name is called first at the draft and it is almost unfathomable that the Avalanche would use the pick on any other player. If Colorado does in fact select Jones, I will be a homecoming of sorts as Jones first took to the ice while living in Denver.
The Florida Panthers will now select second in the draft. The second pick seems like it will come down to Nathan MacKinnon and Jonathan Drouin both forwards brimming with talent.
The end of the Draft Lottery marks the beginning of the Playoffs and after the bottom half teams had their brief moment in the sun, the focus will now shift to the battle for the Stanley Cup.
Here are some thoughts and observations from the Lottery:
- I appreciated the throwback video from the 1993 NBA Draft and the 1970 NHL Draft in which Panthers GM Dale Talon was selected second. By the way can the NHL bring back the spinning of the wheel for the lottery?
- The top five teams had a representative at the lottery with GM Dale Talon there for Florida. It seems like it was a pointless exercise for the reps, who expounded on the questions asked them like Greg Popovich in a post-quarter interview.
- The broadcast had a game show feel to it from the Alex Trebek like intro questions asked of the team reps to the Vanna White style placement of the teams’ cards in their proper draft position.
- I thought TSN was going to drag the drawing out but was happily wrong as the whole presentation was relatively brief and mercifully lacking unnecessary fanfare.
- The revealing of the draft order was actually very exciting and nerve wrecking. The revealing of each team in the draft order from the Blue Jackets at fourteen on up felt like a game of BINGO where you know someone could win at any moment.
- As a Panther fan it is disappointing to have missed out on the number one pick but there is not really much to complain about as the top three players in the draft are all worth getting excited about and while Seth Jones may be the consensus number one pick now, that does not mean he will necessarily have the best career.