A team that loses in the NHL's qualifying round won the draft lottery Friday night and will get the first overall pick.
One of eight placeholder spots beat the odds to secure the No. 1 pick in the league's draft lottery Friday, meaning a second draw is required later this summer following the qualifying round of the NHL's return-to-play plan.
After the pandemic postponed the draft, which was scheduled to be held this weekend in Montreal, the National Hockey League rolled out a new plan for the lottery that included the seven teams not participating in the 24-team format to finish the season and the eight teams that would be eliminated from the qualifying round. The eight losing teams from the opening round of the playoffs will each have a 12.5 percent chance of winning the top selection as a built-in consolation prize.
For the fourth straight season, the Detroit Red Wings fell back in the NHL Entry Draft due to the Draft Lottery.
The placeholder teams included in the lottery will be decided by the play-in series when the National Hockey League is eventually permitted to return to play.
Only then with presumptive top prospect Alexis Lafreniere find out his likely destination. "So the odds were better that the first pick went to the bottom eight than it did us". Sidney Crosby's Pittsburgh Penguins or Connor McDavid's Edmonton Oilers could get lucky again.
"It's a little odd when they flip it over and you have to process that there is a secondary lottery that's going to take place", Kings GM Rob Blake said.
"Ultimately, let's see in a few years when we see how the draft shakes out and who becomes a good player", Yzerman said. But the Wings really need one of these to hit eventually. That opportunity belongs to Ottawa, which is the first team since 2000 to have two picks in the top five.
For the fourth time in the last eight years, the Buffalo Sabres will have the eighth overall pick in the NHL Draft.