Monday 3rd August 2020

How does the NHL Draft lottery work in 2020? Explaining Phase 2 odds, teams & date of draw

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The 2019-20 NHL season happening pause again on March 12 introduced the uncertainty of what it will imply for the 2020 NHL Draft and the lottery.

Whereas the timing for the NHL Draft continues to be technically to be decided — because it’ll be after the pushed-back begin of Stanley Cup playoffs  — the date and format for the lottery have been introduced by NHL commissioner Gary Bettman. And the format … it is a doozy.

With unprecedented instances comes an unprecedented draft lottery relating to the order of choice of the subsequent era of NHL expertise. 

“One of the things that went into the decision to create a new lottery system was for the advantage of the seven clubs who aren’t resuming play…that they have the ability to engage with their fan base on something during that long pause between games,” stated NHL deputy commissioner Invoice Daly on a name with reporters Tuesday. “We thought the draft lottery was a way to create excitement, create a way for those teams to engage with their fan base, get some certainty early on and not going into kind of a long slumber of creating waves and buzz over the summertime.”

What we do know is that the solely formally postseason-eliminated workforce, the Detroit Pink Wings nonetheless have the finest probability of successful the prime decide, and that decide is anticipated to be Alexis Lafreniere.

The Rimouski Oceanic and Hockey Canada star has been the consensus No. 1 decide for months, if not years, and needs to be suiting up in 2020-21. The one query is for whom.

There’s rather a lot to unpack for the lottery, however Sporting Information has all of the information to get you primed and prepared for the place your workforce could possibly be drafting come the fall.

How does the NHL Draft Lottery work in 2020?

The NHL introduced that the lottery may occur in two phases, relying on how Phase 1 goes.

In the first part, there will likely be three attracts involving 15 teams — technically. The seven teams that don’t make the Spherical Robin or Qualifying Spherical will routinely be entered into the lottery. To fill out the remaining eight teams, as a result of it will be finished earlier than video games are performed, they will be listed Teams A-H.

There’ll then be three attracts, in order, for the first-overall decide, second-overall decide and third-overall decide.

So, this is when it will get a bit of tough.

If these three picks embrace any of the Teams A-H, there will likely be a Phase 2. If none of the prime three picks are Teams A-H, there won’t be a Phase 2. 

So, if issues play out correctly the place three of the seven worst teams garner the prime three picks, the remaining 4 teams in the seven-team group will likely be slotted 4-7 based mostly on factors share at the time of the regular-season pause.

Then, positions 8-15 will likely be assigned to the eight teams that don’t advance from the Qualifying Spherical, in inverse order of their factors share at the time of the regular-season pause.

What time does the 2020 NHL Draft lottery begin?

  • Date: Friday, June 26
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
  • TV channel: NBCSN (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)

Phase 1 of the NHL Draft lottery drawing will happen at 8 p.m. ET on June 26. NBC Sports activities will broadcast the drawing dwell in the United States adopted by a half-hour particular NHL Reside. For viewers in Canada, the drawing will be seen on Sportsnet.

2020 NHL Draft lottery odds

TEAM PTS. PCT. ODDS
1. Detroit Pink Wings .275 18.5%
2. Ottawa Senators .437 13.5
3. Ottawa Senators (by way of SJS) .437 11.5
4. Los Angeles Kings .457 9.5
5. Anaheim Geese .472 8.5 
6. New Jersey Devils .493* 7.5
7. Buffalo Sabres .493* 6.5
8. Workforce A n/a 6.0
9. Workforce B n/a 5.0
10. Workforce C n/a 3.5
11. Workforce D n/a 3.0
12. Workforce E n/a 2.5
13. Workforce F n/a 2.0
14. Workforce G n/a 1.5
15. Workforce H n/a 1.0

*Buffalo Sabres ranked larger than New Jersey Devils on the foundation of larger regulation/OT win share (Buffalo, .406 ROW%; New Jersey, .348 ROW%)

What’s Phase 2?

If Phase 2 is critical, it can happen after the eight teams are eradicated and earlier than the first spherical of the Stanley Cup playoffs, and can solely embrace the eight teams eradicated to find out whichever top-3 seeds wanted to be chosen.

As soon as the prime three seeds are established, the remaining slots will likely be assigned to the 12 teams that didn’t win a draw in inverse order of their factors percentages at the time of the season’s pause.

On this part, all eight teams can have the identical 12.5 p.c odds.

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