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The NHL Draft Worked As Planned And That Is A Sad Statement

from Bob Wojnowski of the Detroit News,

Steve Yzerman could’ve spewed some juicy expletives and fired a can of ginger ale at the TV screen. I mean, that’s what most Red Wings fans were doing Friday night.

But after the Wings suffered the sting of the NHL’s lottery buffoonery, Yzerman did the honorable thing, said he wasn’t surprised, and promised the Wings would get a great prospect with the fourth pick of the draft. And they probably will.

But this is the treacherous nature of rebuilding in the NHL, NBA or anywhere. The Pistons are next, and with the fifth-worst record, they have a 10.5% chance of landing the No. 1 pick in the Aug. 25 lottery, only a 44.3% of staying in the top five and a small chance of falling to ninth. Lesson: You put your fate in random acts, prepare for random, inexplicable results.

In the NHL, the random acts too often are comical and dumb. The draft lottery was an embarrassment, and I know the rest of the sports world doesn’t care if a Detroit team got jobbed. And maybe it’s our fault too for not shrieking loudly about the possible consequences before the disaster unfolded.

But with one of the worst regular-season records in franchise history, the Wings dropped from the No. 1 slot — and prized prospect Alexis Lafreniere — to No. 4. And here’s the ridiculous part: It’s exactly what the NHL planned to happen.

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Comments

Hootinani's avatar

Its not about the Wings lot in life.  That they will get hosed by the league at every opportunity is a forgone conclusion.  Its that a team with a shot at the Cup will get the #1 overall pick.  Thats a huge middle finger to all the teams that were out of it by March, and a black mark on the league as a hole.

Posted by Hootinani from the parade following Babs out of town on 06/29/20 at 09:35 AM ET

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Its that a team with a shot at the Cup will get the #1 overall pick.

A team that doesn’t make the actual playoffs doesn’t have a shot at the Cup.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 06/29/20 at 11:24 AM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

A team that doesn’t make the actual playoffs doesn’t have a shot at the Cup.

Posted by BaromirBragr on 06/29/20 at 11:24 AM ET

At this point, any team that’s in the preliminary round has “a shot at the Cup.” They were deemed a good enough team to be given that chance, and now one of them is going to get even better by being handed Lafrenière.

If you weren’t always so hell-bent on finding the most minute issue with what other people post, you’d have understood what Hoot meant.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 06/29/20 at 03:16 PM ET

calquake's avatar

If you weren’t always so hell-bent on finding the most minute issue with what other people post, you’d have understood what Hoot meant.

Dicks’ gotta dick.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin' on my manifesto on 06/29/20 at 05:00 PM ET

RWBill's avatar

Dicks’ gotta dick.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin’ on my manifesto on 06/29/20 at 05:00 PM ET

I’m trying to think of some saying, but all fall short of that.

Posted by RWBill on 06/29/20 at 06:13 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

I hope the Pens get 1st pick and win the soiled Cup, I don’t care what the Lunatic does and the small group that pull his strings.

I hope the Wings will get some revenge as the Rebuild continues

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 06/30/20 at 02:40 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Dicks’ gotta dick.

Posted by calquake from a.k.a. Uniquake, workin’ on my manifesto on 06/29/20 at 05:00 PM ET

succinct, effective, accurate, hilarious.

Posted by ilovehomers on 06/30/20 at 05:19 PM ET

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