Rangers, Isles have shot at No. 1 National Hockey League pick after draft lottery

The Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators will pick second and third overall, respectively, after winning the draws for those two selections.

"To be honest with you, not surprised", Red Wings general manager Steve Yzerman said. Lafrenière is a left-winger for the Rimouski Oceanic of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. 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.

The placeholder team that won the lottery had a 2.5 per cent chance.

Detroit finished 23 points behind 30th-place Ottawa and was the biggest loser of the night dropping out of the top three. Detroit had a league-low 17 wins in its 71-game season cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Yzerman, who the Red Wings took fourth in 1983 and went on to be a Hockey Hall of Famer, brought up that Colorado lost the 2017 draft lottery and at No. 4 took Cale Makar, a rookie of the year candidate.

There will be good players available at fourth overall. We'll get a great prospect and do whatever we can to develop him. The five other teams not advancing past the qualifying round will have the next six picks. "Maybe we will get lucky". The New Jersey Devils, as part of the first phase of the lottery, will pick 7th when the draft is eventually held. No. 1 and picks 9-15 will be decided later.

The 16 teams that will play a best-of-5 series in the Stanley Cup Qualifiers are the Arizona Coyotes, Calgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets. The rest of the first round will be determined by the results of the playoffs.


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