Everything you need to know about the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery

The NHL will hold its annual draft lottery tonight, with 16 non-playoff teams looking to move up to claim future stars.

The NHL Draft is scheduled for July 7-8 in Montreal. Here’s everything you need to know:

When and where does this NHL Draft Lottery take place?

The NHL Draft draw for the first overall pick will take place on Tuesday, May 10 at NHL Network’s studio in Secaucus, NJ. The broadcast will begin at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN+, Sportsnet, SN NOW and TVA Sports. The lottery will determine the top 16 draft picks. Representatives of the lottery teams will join the broadcast remotely rather than in the studio. NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly will once again turn over those signs to reveal team logos and break hearts.

How many NHL Draft lottery draws are there?

Starting in 2021, the NHL reduced the number of lottery draws from three to two, ensuring that the team with the NHL’s worst record no later selects third overall if they lose the first or second draw. of lottery.

“Some clubs think it’s important that the teams that are struggling the most get the most help,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said last season. “There are other teams that think there is nothing wrong with the current system. Our competitive balance is so extraordinary that some clubs feel that the difference between a team that misses the playoffs and a team that really missing the playoffs really isn’t great. In order to try and reconcile these differing views, we thought maybe a little adjustment [was necessary].”

This change was influenced by the 2020 lottery, in which the Detroit Red Wings – who had the league’s worst record (17-49-5) and best odds for the first overall pick (18.5%) – ended up picking No. 4 overall as the New York Rangers, Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators won the lotteries for the top three picks.

The team with the NHL’s worst regular season record also dropped to fourth pick in 2017 and 2019. Ironically, the team with the fourth pick in those two drafts was the Colorado Avalanche, who had the worst record of the league in 2017 and owned the Senators pick in the basement in 2019.

Their fourth overall pick in 2017? Cale Makar, the superstar defender who won Rookie of the Year in 2019-20 and is favorite to win the Norris Trophy this season. Sometimes the fourth can still be the best.

Have there been any other adjustments to the lottery format?

Yes. In March 2021, the NHL Board of Governors approved some new rules regarding the draft.

Upward movement limitation. As of this season’s draft, the number of spots a team can move up if they win the lottery has been capped at 10 picks. So, bad news for teams #12-16 in the lottery: you can’t win the first overall pick.

Limits on lottery winnings. Starting this season, no team will be able to move up the draft ladder by winning a lottery more than twice in a five-year period. Over the past decade, the Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils and Buffalo Sabers have won the lottery for the No. 1 overall pick multiple times in five years.

Which teams are in the 2022 draft lottery?

The NHL Draft Lottery is made up of the league’s 16 non-playoff teams. They are ranked from worst point percentage to highest ranking. Here’s the field for the 2022 NHL Draft lottery, including their odds of winning the lottery’s first draw.

Montreal Canadiens 18.5%
Arizona Coyotes 13.5%
Seattle Kraken 11.5%
Philadelphia Flyers 9.5%
New Jersey Devils 8.5%
Chicago Blackhawks 7.5%
Ottawa Senators 6.5%
Detroit Red Wings 6.0%
Buffalo Sabers 5.0%
Anaheim Ducks 3.5%
San Jose sharks 3.0%
Columbus Blue Jackets 2.5%
New York Islanders 2.0%
Winnipeg Jets 1.5%
Vancouver Canucks 0.5%
Vegas Golden Knights 0.5%

Two teams may not have their first-round picks this year.

The Blackhawks sent a conditional first-round pick to Columbus as part of the Seth Jones trade. They’ll transfer their pick to Columbus if he’s not first or second overall. If so, the Blue Jackets get Chicago’s first round in 2023.

The Vegas Golden Knights traded their first-round pick to Buffalo as part of the Jack Eichel trade. The Knights will transfer this season’s pick who isn’t in the top 10, but if so, the Sabers will get the first round from Vegas in the 2023 draft.

Is there a “generational player” in this draft class?

There is no Connor McDavid or Auston Matthews level player at the top of the draft. But fans of struggling teams were happy to feel “Pain for Shane” this season.

Center Shane Wright of Kingston, Ontario Hockey League, is expected to be first overall. Although not a “generational talent”, his strong two-way game has earned him comparisons to Patrice Bergeron, which is a good neighborhood to live in.

Center Logan Cooley of the United States National Hockey Team’s Development Program closed the gap between himself and Wright during the season, although NHL Central Scouting had Wright at the top of his game. final ranking.

The wild cards are a pair of Slovaks: winger Juraj Slafkovsky of TPS in Liiga, Finland’s top professional league, and defender Simon Nemec of Nitra in the Slovak Extraliga. Slafkovsky is the highest-rated international skater by Central Scouting and had a star performance for Slovakia at the Beijing Olympics: scoring the tournament’s best seven goals in seven games and winning the MVP award. Nemec also played on that Olympic team and is considered an outstanding two-way defender.

Other players near the top of the draft include WHL Winnipeg Ice center Matthew Savoie and Liiga JYP right winger Joakim Kemell.

Again, no generational talent this year…but wait until next year when Regina Pats (WHL) phenom Connor Bedard becomes draft eligible.

Which lottery teams need the top pick the most?

Let’s start with the Montreal Canadiens, who went from the Stanley Cup Finals to last in the league. Adding Wright to their roster would give them a solid double with 22-year-old Nick Suzuki.

The Arizona Coyotes are trying to rebuild through the draft and have never won the lottery since its inception in 1995. Neither have the Detroit Red Wings, who are looking to add top-tier talent to their next growing wave. young players like Calder Trophy favorite Moritz. Seider, Lucas Raymond and defender Simon Edvinsson. The Philadelphia Flyers have never won the lottery and could use an elite young player for their prospect squad.

The Seattle Kraken had a disappointing first season, but the future looked brighter when 2021 second overall pick Matty Beniers debuted with nine points in 10 games. Adding another pick from the top two would make it even brighter.

Then there’s a maximum chaos option: The Devils win their fourth lottery since 2011 … and still have a chance to win it again next year when Connor Bedard is drafted under the new rules.

Does this format work?

On paper, yes.

As Bettman put it, the NHL Draft theoretically guarantees that “the teams that are struggling the most get the most help.” It should be forever. Limiting team lottery winnings over a five-year period is a fair change. It also makes sense to limit the number of picks a team can make if they win the lottery: there’s absolutely no logical reason why a team that finishes a point or two out of a playoff berth should have even 1% chance of winning first. overall choice. Finally, ensuring that the worst team in the league is not lower than third place overall is an overdue innovation.

The lottery discourages tanking. He should, however, accept a certain level of mediocrity.

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