Loser in upcoming qualifying round wins National Hockey League draft lottery

Loser in upcoming qualifying round wins National Hockey League draft lottery

Loser in upcoming qualifying round wins National Hockey League draft lottery

There will be a second lottery (or Phase 2) to determine which team wins the right to the No. 1 overall selection - and in all likelihood Lafreniere - once the play-in round is completed as part of the NHL's return-to-play plan.

The NHL's Draft Lottery featured lottery balls representing each of the first seven picks in the NHL Draft, held by teams that will not participate in the league's return to play post-season.

Only the eight teams eliminated from the qualifying round will be included in that drawing, which will happen between the qualifying round and the best-of-seven conference quarterfinals, and everyone will have the same odds (a 12.5% chance).

The Los Angeles Kings (9.5), Anaheim Ducks (8.5) and New Jersey Devils (7.5) also have a chance for the top pick.

The placeholder teams included in the lottery will be decided by the play-in series when the National Hockey League is eventually permitted to return to play.

Whichever team does wind up filling that placeholder spot will have the opportunity to draft QMJHL standout Alexis Lafreniere, widely believed to be the favourite to go first off the board on draft day.

Lafreniere, the two-time Canadian Hockey League player of the year, had 35 goals and 112 points in 52 games before the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League season was cancelled because of the novel coronavirus outbreak.

The lottery took place at NHL Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, just outside NY.

Detroit finished with 39 points, 23 points behind 30th-place Ottawa, and was the biggest loser of the night dropping out of the top three.

"We can sit here today and feel sorry for ourselves. Maybe we will get lucky". The bottom eight, or the eight playoff teams, had a 24.5 percent chance combined of getting the pick.

The Sharks are perhaps even less fortunate after not being in contention this season and losing out on the chance to take someone like center Quinton Byfield second.

For the fourth time in the last eight years, the Buffalo Sabres will have the eighth overall pick in the NHL Draft.

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