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No More Speculation Regarding The Draft

05/26/2020 at 10:13pm EDT

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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