2020 NHL Draft Lottery Protocol

The NHL has announced the protocol for the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, which will take place Friday at 8 p.m. (TVAS, SN, NHLN, NBCSN).

The Draft Lottery will determine the order of the top 15 picks in the 2020 NHL Draft and will consist of three to six draws divided into one or two phases. It will include the seven teams that did not qualify for the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs, as well as the eight teams that will lose in the qualifying round.

The first phase of the draft lottery will be held before the resumption of the 2019-20 NHL season, and will consist of three draws.

The odds of winning the lottery for the seven teams that did not advance to the playoffs will be determined by their percentage of points earned during the 2019-20 regular season, which was put on hold on March 12 due to concerns about the coronavirus. , and which ended on Tuesday with the announcement of the return to play.

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The eight losing teams from the qualifying round will be represented in the first phase of the draft lottery through unassigned picks.

The first draw of the first phase will determine the team that will get the first pick in the draft total, the second draw will determine the team that will get the second choice and the third draw, the team that will speak in third place .

If a team that is not among the seven eliminated teams wins one of the three draws in the first phase, a second phase will take place among the eight teams that will have been eliminated in the qualifying round. This second phase would take place between the end of the qualifying round and the start of the first round of the playoffs.

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« We did our homework, and in this rebuilding plan we knew that the 2020 draft was going to be one of the deepest in recent years, » Ottawa Senators general manager Pierre Dorion said in April. . “To be lucky enough to have maybe two picks in the top five is a golden chance and we’ll be ready. « 

The odds of each team winning the first choice of the lottery are as follows (the percentage of points of the seven eliminated teams are in brackets):

New Jersey received better odds of winning the lottery than Buffalo as the Devils had a lower regulation / overtime win rate than the Sabers (.348 compared to .406 for Buffalo).

After the first draw, the odds of the remaining teams will increase proportionally for the second draw, and then again for the third draw, depending on who will win that second draw.

« We’re obviously hoping to pick a player who can make a difference, » Detroit general manager Steve Yzerman said in February. And looking at the group of players at the top of the leaderboards, we think we can get a really good player whether we’re talking first or fourth. « 

If each of the three draws of the first phase is won by one of the seven eliminated teams, the second phase will not be necessary. The other four eliminated teams will get the # 4-7 picks in reverse order of their regular season point percentage, and the # 8-15 picks will be assigned to the teams that were eliminated from the qualifying round, in the game. reverse order of their percentage of points.

If a losing team in the qualifying round wins each of the top three picks, the seven teams already eliminated will be awarded picks # 4 through 10 in reverse order of their point percentage.

If a losing team in the qualifying round wins one or two of the top three picks, the previously eliminated teams that did not win one of the draws will be assigned a pick from pick # 4, in the reverse order of their percentage of points.

The number of round two draws will depend on the number of round one picks won by losing teams in the qualifying round.

For each of the draws in the second phase, all participating teams will have the same odds of winning (12.5 percent).

Here is the percentage of points for each of the 16 teams participating in the qualifying round (in reverse order, taking into account any tiebreakers):

Montreal Canadiens: , 500

Chicago Blackhawks: , 514

Arizona Coyotes: , 529

Minnesota Wild: , 558

Winnipeg Jets: , 563

Calgary Flames: , 564

New York Rangers: , 564

Vancouver Canucks: , 565

Nashville Predators: , 565

Florida Panthers: , 565

Columbus Blue Jackets: , 579

Toronto Maple Leafs: , 579

Edmonton Oilers: , 585

New York Islanders: , 588

Carolina Hurricanes: , 596

Pittsburgh Penguins: , 623

The top four teams from each association – the Boston Bruins, the Philadelphia Flyers, the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Washington Capitals in the East, and the Colorado Avalanche, the Dallas Stars, the St. Louis and the Vegas Golden Knights in the West – are not going to enter the Draft Lottery.

The 2020 Draft will be presented at the end of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. It was originally scheduled to take place on June 26 and 27 in Montreal.

Forward Alexis Lafrenière is expected to be the first player selected. Other top prospects include forwards Tim Stützle and Quinton Byfield, as well as defensemen Jamie Drysdale and Jake Sanderson.

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