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The New York Rangers Now Have The #1 Pick In The NHL Draft


They had the #2 pick last year.

added 6:40pm, NHL press release is below.

NEW YORK (August 10, 2020) -- The New York Rangers have won the first overall selection in the 2020 NHL Draft as a result of Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery conducted this evening at NHL Network’s Secaucus, N.J., studio.

The eight teams that did not advance from the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers participated in Phase 2 of the Lottery, which consisted of a single drawing to assign the first overall selection for the 2020 NHL Draft. All participants had the same probability of being selected (12.5%) and were represented in the lottery machine by one ball with their team logo. The machine randomly selected one ball, which belonged to the Rangers.

This marks the second time in franchise history the Rangers have been selected in the NHL Draft Lottery. They won the Second Draw in 2019, moving from 6th to 2nd, and drafted forward Kaapo Kakko.

The Rangers have made the first overall selection once in NHL Draft history (1965, Andre Veilleux) but will have the opportunity to do so for the first time since the universal draft was adopted in 1969 (all juniors of qualifying age eligible for selection).

The results of Phase 1 of the Draft Lottery, held on June 26, required that Phase 2 be conducted. In the First Draw of Phase 1 to determine the first overall selection, one of the eight ‘placeholders’ - ‘Team E’, in the No. 12 position - was selected. Under the League’s Return to Play Plan, the selection of a ‘placeholder’ team (Nos. 8-15) in any of the three Phase 1 Draws for the first, second and third overall picks, respectively, would require a Draw for the corresponding selection be made in Phase 2 among only the eight Qualifying Round teams that failed to advance.

With the NHL Draft Lottery completed, the remaining selections in the Top 15 are assigned to the 12 participating teams in Phase 1 and 2 that did not win a draw, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the season’s pause.

Accordingly, the order of selection for the first 15 drafting positions in the First Round, only, of the 2020 NHL Draft is:


1. New York Rangers

2. Los Angeles Kings

3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose)

4. Detroit Red Wings

5. Ottawa Senators

6. Anaheim Ducks

7. New Jersey Devils

8. Buffalo Sabres

9. Minnesota Wild

10. Winnipeg Jets

11. Nashville Predators

12. Florida Panthers

13. Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto)

14. Edmonton Oilers

15. Pittsburgh Penguins (optional to Minnesota)

The remaining 16 selections in Round 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft (Nos. 16-31) will be determined by the results of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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The Meal's avatar

Good for them.  They’ve got some youth going.  I’m happy who it wasn’t.

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 08/10/20 at 05:21 PM ET

damndog revenge   From the bowels of Detroit's avatar

Gary Bettmans home state and the biggest television market…..

Posted by damndog revenge From the bowels of Detroit on 08/10/20 at 05:38 PM ET

TeamDub's avatar

As usual with the Bettman NHL… a joke.

Posted by TeamDub from The gratch. on 08/10/20 at 06:17 PM ET

MurrayChadwick's avatar

Pardon my sheer laziness but were the NYR a lock to make the post season?

Biggest tv market tho hmm…

Posted by MurrayChadwick from YzerHolland2.0's pixie dust fueled bandwagon on 08/10/20 at 07:01 PM ET

jhpcarrier97's avatar

I’ll never get over this stab in the bladder…  I’m just glad it was a team that has not had a first pick in a long time..  Notice the Rangers were the first ball in and the lightest, the air blew it high…BTW I hate those kind of machines, I like the ones with the spinners inside scooping the balls around, lots of motion!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 08/10/20 at 07:56 PM ET

ilovehomers's avatar

Rangers were 11th in the conference.

2nd to last in their division

But only 1-2 points out of the wildcard

Posted by ilovehomers on 08/10/20 at 08:14 PM ET


Well Bettman got his dream scenario.  I don’t care who finished last, the current lottery system has been a joke for the last 3 years.  If you are truly worried about teams tanking on purpose, and if you have to have a lottery it should be for only the bottom 5 teams.  Philly and Chicago are two teams who jumped at least 10 spots.  Watching the draft position lottery on TV is not going to get more people to watch the NHL.  Why is it ok for the NFL and MLB to simply let the worst teams draft first?  The Bettman NHL really needs to change the lottery system.

Posted by azchump on 08/10/20 at 08:30 PM ET


Puts that Larry Brooks “cry not for the arrogant Red Wings” column of a few weeks ago in a new light - his team lucked into #2 and #1 in consecutive years.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 08/10/20 at 08:46 PM ET

The Meal's avatar

I wonder how (if?) this affects the Wings’ ability to end up with one of the NYR spare goaltenders before the expansion draft…

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 08/10/20 at 09:12 PM ET

d ca's avatar

I wonder how (if?) this affects the Wings’ ability to end up with one of the NYR spare goaltenders before the expansion draft…

Posted by The Meal from Firestone, CO on 08/10/20 at 10:12 PM ET

Well only Georgiev will hit the market..unless a team agrees to take Lundqvist’s cap dump and the Rangers can get him to waive his NMC…Rangers have pretty much let it be known with the play-in games that Shesterkin is their keeper of the future and he’s under contract for another year plus is exempt from the expansion draft (so they won’t face the same got to move one goalie pressure as say the Pens—but they have cap space pressure due to Strome’s, Deangelo’s & Georgiev’s RFA status):

But as far as them winning it shouldn’t be an issue. This won’t affect price as the goalie market is flooded because of 3 things: 1) flat cap means teams have to cut somewhere and 2nd goalie starter is seen as expendable, 2) all the FA’s (both UFA’s & RFA’s) with very few teams needing starters, 3) and because of upcoming expansion draft.

Trade route the following names are rumored on the market: Jake Allen, Tristan Jarry, Matt Murray, or Alexandar Georgiev (and even Marc-Andre Fleury if Vegas chooses Lehner).

In UFA the Wings realistic choices become: Cam Talbot, Thomas Greiss, or Aaron Dell.

The unknowns like Devan Dubnyk and Pekka Rinne who will have 1 year left on their contracts and might not fit their teams cap anymore.

And that excludes goalies on the market that are expected to re-sign with their teams or go to Cup contenders:
Braden Holtby (Washington), Robin Lehner (Vegas), Jacob Markstrom (Vancouver), Jaroslav Halak (Boston), Corey Crawford (Chicago) and Anton Khudobin (Dallas).

Then you have undrafted free agents from the NCAA like MSU’s John Lethemon.

If they wanted to trade for a top goalie prospect:  Isles (Ilya Sorokin), Panthers (Spencer Knight),  Habs (Cayden Primeau), Sabres (Ukko-pekka Luukkonen), Stars (Jake Oettinger), Avs (Justus Annunen), Lightning (Hugo Alnefelt),  Blue Jackets (Daniil Tarasov), Coyotes (Ivan Prosvetov), Blues (Joel Hofer), and Preds (Connor Ingram).

Recent notable goalie trades:
28 year old Robin Lehner to Vegas for Malcolm Subban, d-man prospect Slava Demin, and a late 2nd
24 year old Robin Lehner for 1st round #21 pick in 2015
Petr Mrazek for a 3rd and 4th
Brooks Orpik’s contract and 26 yr old Philip Grubauer for a late 2nd
25 year old Martin Jones from Boston for a prospect and 2015 1st
34 yr old Mike Smith to Calgary for a 3rd
Eddie Lack for a 3rd and 7th.
Cam Talbot from NYR for three picks (Nos. 57, 79 and 184)
Roberto Luongo for prospect Jacob Markstrom
Ben Bishop as a year end rental for a 4th rounder
Ben Bishop from Ottawa to Tampa for a 4th rounder and 4th liner
23 year old Seymon Varlamov for a 1st and 2nd rounder in 2012

remember those values weren’t during a flat cap for the next 3 years situation though which should help drive down those trade values.

Posted by d ca on 08/10/20 at 10:32 PM ET

OlderThanChelios's avatar

BTW I hate those kind of machines, I like the ones with the spinners inside scooping the balls around, lots of motion!

Posted by jhpcarrier97 on 08/10/20 at 08:56 PM ET

The thing that took me by surprise is that the person pushing the button was looking directly at the balls as they floated up to the top and then sank. The “bin” should have been covered after the balls went in or the operator should have been screened from seeing the balls.

...his team lucked into #2 and #1 in consecutive years.

Posted by Unhealthy Scratch on 08/10/20 at 09:46 PM ET

Last year the Rangers finished 6th worst and got the #2 pick. At the end of regular-season play this year, they finished 16th worst and got the #1 pick.

In the last four seasons, the most the Wings could drop in the lottery was a total of 12 places (three each year). They dropped a total of 11 places (two places once and three places three times). Kind of hard not to feel like there’s something going on there with those kinds of results.

Posted by OlderThanChelios from Grand Rapids, MI on 08/10/20 at 10:47 PM ET

WingedRider's avatar

AUDIT, the Buttman’s balls were fixed !!!  Buttman must be guilty of something.

Depressing news and onto ??? 8 months down the road. A few Wings should try out with the Griffins, just to get used to it.

Posted by WingedRider from Saskatoon, SK on 08/10/20 at 11:28 PM ET

Thag's avatar

Not great, but at least it wasn’t Pittsburgh.

Posted by Thag from DC on 08/11/20 at 07:40 AM ET

bigfrog's avatar

Not great, but at least it wasn’t Pittsburgh

I think Red Wing fans are in agreement on that point. Would have preferred a Western Conference team get the pick. Now rooting for the Slackhawks getting dumped in the first round. LOL

Posted by bigfrog on 08/11/20 at 06:18 PM ET

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