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2020 NHL Draft Lottery Madness
By Michael Walters
The 2020 Draft Lottery was conducted yesterday and the winner was … well … we don’t really know the winner yet.
As the draft lottery unfolded Ottawa claimed the third pick, Los Angeles the second pick, and then the unthinkable happened as a Play-In team from the Qualifying Round won the first overall pick. Since a Play-In team won, there will be a Phase 2 of the Draft Lottery.
If play resumes, then one of the eight Play-In teams who are eliminated will have a 12.5% chance at winning the top spot. Here are the matchups for the qualifying round.
#5 Pittsburgh vs #12 Montreal
#6 Carolina vs #11 New York Rangers
#7 New York Islanders vs #10 Florida
#8 Toronto vs #9 Columbus
#5 Edmonton vs #12 Chicago
#6 Nashville vs #11 Arizona
#7 Vancouver vs #10 Minnesota
#8 Calgary vs #9 Winnipeg
If for some reason hockey doesn’t return, then the eight teams that would go into Phase 2 of the lottery, with equal 12.5% chance to win, would be Montreal (.500), Chicago (.514), Arizona (.529), Minnesota (.558), Winnipeg (.563), New York Rangers (.564), Florida (.565), and Columbus (.579).
For the Ducks, it wasn’t the worst-case scenario as they could have ended as low as 8th, but they still were bumped one spot down to 6th. And much to the chagrin of the Anaheim faithful, the Kings went from 4th up to 2nd.
The Ducks did come very close to winning the first overall pick, which is probably the most frustrating part.
Each top pick is based upon a combination of four balls that are drawn. Anaheim had the first three balls drawn in one of their winning combinations and only needed one more to win. They were one of seven teams that could have won according to Sportsnet’s Chris Johnston.
The Ducks will still have a chance to draft a quality player in this year’s draft but will have to set their sights a little lower. Players like Alexis Lafreniere, Quinton Byfield, and Tim Stutzle will most likely be gone once the Ducks draft at the sixth spot. They could still have a chance at Jamie Drysdale, Alexander Holtz, Cole Perfetti, Lucas Raymond, and Marco Rossi.
Below are a few recent articles written about some of these players. Just remember Anaheim faithful, things could be worse. Look at Detroit who dropped from being first overall to fourth. Ouch.
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June 27th, 2020