One of the eight teams eliminated in the qualifying round will make the No.1 selection in the draft, after a placeholder representing one of those undetermined clubs won the draft lottery Friday, which was held at the NHL Network studios in New Jersey.
The NHL held eight placeholder spots in the lottery for teams competing in the league's resume to play.
For the fourth straight season, the Detroit Red Wings fell back in the NHL Entry Draft due to the Draft Lottery.
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The league's bottom seven teams that had their seasons ended when play was paused March 12 will be off for nine months or more if the start of 2020-21 is delayed until December or January.
The consensus top pick is forward Alexis Lafreniere out of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. "We're going to get a great prospect, we'll do everything we can to develop him, and, you know what, and maybe we'll get lucky again".
The lottery took place at NHL Network studios in Secaucus, New Jersey, just outside NY. If the Canucks lose to the Minnesota Wild, they'll actually have a better chance of picking first overall this year, when they contended for the playoffs, than they did in 2016, when they finished third-last in the league and had an 11½ per cent chance of winning the draw for first overall. "We can sit here today and feel sorry for ourselves if we want". That opportunity belongs to Ottawa, which is the first team since 2000 to have two picks in the top five. The Sharks are in the same company after not being in contention this season and losing out on the chance to take center Quinton Byfield second. The rest of the first round will be determined by the results of the playoffs.