Today the team’s that didn’t make the playoffs will take part in the annual NHL Draft Lottery to determine who will select first overall in June’s draft.
For the second season, every team has a chance to select first overall, as before you could only move up a maximum of four spots (fifth could reach first, sixth could only max out at second).
After finishing with 66-points this season, the Florida Panthers will finish with the second highest odds of winning the lottery, with only the Buffalo Sabres ahead of them.
The second to last finish is a marginal improvement from last year, where they finished with the least amount of points and had the highest odds of winning the lottery – only to see the Colorado Avalanche win it.
The winner of the draft lottery will the tough decision of separating a draft class with no clear cut top players. Sam Bennett, Sam Reinhart and Aaron Ekblad are generally rated as the top three but players like Leon Draisaitl and Michael Dal Colle have received plenty of praise from scouts.
Here is the rundown of each team’s chances of winning the lottery.
- Buffalo Sabres – 25%
- Florida Panthers – 18.8%
- Edmonton Oilers – 14.2%
- Calgary Flames – 10.7%
- New York Islanders – 8.1%
- Vancouver Canucks – 6.2%
- Carolina Hurricanes – 4.7%
- Toronto Maple Leafs – 3.6%
- Winnipeg Jets – 2.7%
- Anaheim Ducks^ – 2.1%
- New Jersey Devils* – 1.5%
- Nashville Predators – 1.1%
- Phoenix Coyotes – 0.8%
- Washington Capitals – 0.5%
^The Anaheim Ducks received the Ottawa Senators first round pick in the Bobby Ryan trade.
*The Devils will be included in the lottery process, although due to the Ilya Kovalchuk incident they automatically get the 30th overall pick. If they were to win the lottery, they would reselect until another team won.
As you can see, despite each team having ‘a chance’ to win the lottery the odds considerably favor the teams at the bottom of the standings.