NHL sets Draft Lottery Odds, Rangers at 1% to win it all

The NHL has announced the draft lottery odds. There were some outstanding questions as to how the Seattle Kraken would place and what do with the Arizona Coyotes forfeited pick. As it stands the New York Rangers have a 1% chance to win first overall.

NHL set Draft Lottery odds; Rangers at 1%

Per the NHL press release:

NEW YORK (May 19, 2021) – The National Hockey League announced today the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 16 picks in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft, will be held on Wednesday, June 2, at NHL Network’s Secaucus, N.J., studio.

The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of two drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall.

Participants in the Draft Lottery include the expansion Seattle Kraken, who begin play in the 2021-22 season, and all clubs that did not qualify for this season’s Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Kraken enter the Draft Lottery as the No. 3 seed and owning the exact same lottery odds as the No. 4 seed (the team finishing the regular season with the third-worst regular-season record), mirroring the status of the Vegas Golden Knights entering their inaugural Draft Lottery participation in 2017. The Kraken will be guaranteed no lower than the fifth overall selection.

To accommodate the addition of a 16th team in the Draft Lottery, the odds for all other participating teams have been reduced proportionally from the odds utilized in last year’s Draft Lottery.

The allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery Draw of the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery is as follows:

1Buffalo Sabres16.6%
2Anaheim Ducks12.1%
3Seattle Kraken *10.3%
4New Jersey Devils10.3%
5Columbus Blue Jackets8.5%
6Detroit Red Wings7.6%
7San Jose Sharks6.7%
8Los Angeles Kings5.8%
9Vancouver Canucks5.4%
10Ottawa Senators4.5%
11Arizona Coyotes **3.1%
12Chicago Blackhawks2.7%
13Calgary Flames2.2%
14Philadelphia Flyers1.8%
15Dallas Stars1.4%
16New York Rangers1.0%

Seattle Kraken assigned No. 3 seed with same lottery odds as No. 4 seed (10.3%).

** NHL announced forfeiture of Arizona Coyotes’ 1st-round pick in 2021 NHL Draft in sanctions announced Aug. 26, 2020. Arizona being selected in either Lottery Draw will result in a re-draw.

The odds for the remaining teams will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery Draw, based on which club wins the 1st Lottery Draw.

The 14 clubs not selected in the Draft Lottery will be assigned NHL Draft selections 3 through 16, in inverse order of regular-season points.

The 2021 NHL Draft will be held virtually over two days. Round 1 will take place on Friday, July 23, followed by Rounds 2-7 on Saturday, July 24.

Rule Changes for the Draft Lottery

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The New York Rangers will be involved in the NHL Draft Lottery that will take place on June 2nd. For this season, the only change being implemented is the reduction of three lottery picks to two. More changes are coming in 2022.

Per NHL.com:

The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery will be reduced from three drawings to two as part of changes announced Tuesday.

The changes, approved by the NHL Board of Governors, will determine the order of the NHL Draft for the teams that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Two other changes will begin with the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery:

  • Teams will be restricted from moving up more than 10 spots if it wins one of the lottery draws.
  • Teams cannot win the lottery more than twice in a five-year period. Wins in the lottery prior to 2022 will not be counted toward this total.

New York Rangers can still win the Draft Lottery again this season

The New York Rangers missed out on the post season and will get a lottery ball for either the #2 or #1 pick in the draft. There’s no rule this season that would prevent the Rangers from jumping all the way into the top two.

Now wouldn’t that be something if they won it three years in row. Just how nuts do you think the league would go if the Blueshirts could jump into the top two again? Here’s to the mayhem.

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