Will Red Wings finally get some draft lottery luck?


The Detroit Red Wings have had no draft lottery luck, just the opposite.

They will take part in the NHL draft lottery for the sixth year in a row on Tuesday (6:30 pm, ESPN) and hope to move up for the first time.

The Red Wings, after finishing eighth from the bottom (32-40-10), have a 6 percent chance of winning the lottery for the first overall selection and a 6.4 percent chance of landing the No. 2 pick.

They have a 54.4 percent chance of winding up eighth, a 30 percent chance of falling to ninth and a 3.2 percent chance of ending up with the 10th pick, which is the lowest they can go.

There are only two draws as opposed to three prior to 2021. The Red Wings can’t select from third to seventh.

Montreal has the best lottery odds at 18.5 percent, followed by Arizona (13.5 percent) and Seattle (11.5 percent). The 16 non-playoff teams will participate, but a club can’t move up more than 10 spots.

Shane Wright, a center for Kingston (OHL) is the consensus pick to be drafted first overall. He is the top-rated North American skater in the NHL Central Scouting rankings, followed by a pair of forwards from the US National Team Development Program – center Logan Cooley and left wing Cutter Gauthier.

A pair of Finnish wingers – Juraj Slafkovsky and Joakim Kemell — topped the European skater list.

The Red Wings dropped from the seventh spot (based on record) to ninth in 2017, from fifth to sixth in 2018, from fourth to sixth in 2019 and from first to fourth in 2020, when they finished with by far the worst record in the league.

It turned out OK. however, as they landed Lucas Raymond.

Detroit is assured of selecting in the top 10 for the sixth year in a row.

The draft is July 7 (first round) and 8 (rounds 2 through 7) at Montreal’s Belle Centre.

Draft lottery odds:

Montreal 18.5 percent

Arizona 13.5 percent

Seattle 11.5 percent

Philadelphia 9.5 percent

New Jersey 8.5 percent

Chicago (to Columbus) 7.5 percent

Ottawa 6.5 percent

Detroit 6 percent

Buffalo 5 percent

Anaheim 3.5 percent

San Jose 3 percent

Columbus 2.5 percent

NY Islanders 2 percent

Winnipeg 1.5 percent

Vancouver 0.5 percent

Vegas (to Buffalo) 0.5 percent

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