NHL Draft lottery takes place tonight

NHL Draft lottery takes place tonight

While the two top talents in this year's draft, Jack Hughes and Kappo Kakko aren't quite on the tier of Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, they're awfully close.

The 15 teams that failed to qualify for the 2019 playoffs - or the franchises that acquired the first-round picks of non-playoff clubs - participated in the lottery.

The Devils won the lottery and the right to pick Hughes. And while Chicago was the biggest victor in terms of moving up, the team that really lucked out was New Jersey. The NHL uses three separate drawings to select the teams for the top three picks in the draft, in an effort to discourage tanking.

They joined Chicago in moving from outside the top-three, and all of a sudden the future of this franchise seems have changed drastically. Because of the lottery format, the Wings also had the same odds at the second pick and third pick. At 8 p.m. tonight in Toronto, the National Hockey League will draw the ping pong balls. But for the Senators, who a year ago decided on keeping the fourth-overall pick in 2018, which they used on talented rookie Brady Tkachuk, and then rolled the dice that this year's selection wouldn't be any better, it ended up being a worthwhile gamble. Meanwhile, the New York Rangers, who had 7.5 percent odds, jumped to second.

The 17-year-old center's footwork is unique among most players in that he skates deceptively on top of having higher-end puck skills.




On Tuesday night, the NHL Draft Lottery will take place and only one team will be lucky enough (or bad enough) to have the first crack at Jack Hughes. In the World Junior Championships, he expanded his draft stock scoring five points in seven games, leading Finland to the gold medal.

"We're going to add another really good player".

MiHockey will be following along tonight, and we will have a story ready for the potential players the Red Wings could pick, based off where they officially land in the draft lottery.

Andreas Athanasiou will anchor the teams' second line, and if all goes well, he will have the talented Filip Zadina and Taro Hirose who came on nicely for the Detroit Red Wings after joining the team out of college way of Michigan State.

After the New Jersey Devils won the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery, I wrote a near-identical piece on how the outcome would redefine the Devils/Flyers rivalry.

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