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No More Speculation Regarding The Draft

from Ted Kulfan of the Detroit News,

Of most importance Tuesday for the Wings, in terms of NHL news, were the details of the draft lottery to be held June 26.

And that also was mildly disappointing for the Wings.

There was rampant speculation earlier in the month about instituting a different lottery format, which for the Wings, would have given them an over 50% chance of landing the No. 1 overall pick — and at worst getting the No. 2 overall selection.

But that plan was scrapped, along accelerating the draft to early June — although the lottery was modified slightly from its current format.

The Wings still have an 18.5% of winning the lottery, but Ottawa has a 25% given it has the 2nd worst record (13.5%) and San Jose’s pick (the Sharks had the 3rd worst record, and an 11.5% chance of winning the lottery).

The Wings have a 16.5% chance of drafting second, 14.4% chance at drafting third and 50.6% chance of drafting fourth.

The eight teams that lose in the in the first-round play-in round will also take part in the lottery. The NHL will use placeholders for those teams in the June 26 lottery, designating them as teams A-H.


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That 50% chance of drafting first (and 100% chance of drafting first or second overall) was simply too good to be true. May the odds be in our favor, but it wouldn’t surprise me if we end up drafting fourth.

No matter what, we won’t be drafting as low as we did last year, so there’s that anyway, right?

Posted by Alan from Atlanta on 05/27/20 at 07:26 PM ET


Don’t like it at all especially when teams like Edmonton and Pittsburg could end up winning the Lottery.  They should only allow one of the 7 teams not playing a chance at winning!  After all normally only 16 teams make the playoffs, but this year 24 make it and the bonus 8 teams all could possibly win the SC.  So the bonus playoffs should offset a team opportunity to win the Lottery, ain’t fair.  The 8 first round losers will still get a good pick 8 thru 15.  No one will know how the 24 playoff teams will place anyways because the playoffs will not start till July, so how will they arrive at those selections???

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 05/28/20 at 12:08 AM ET

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