The NHL will hold the annual NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday, April 29th live on NBC at 6pm MT.
Colorado, with by far the league’s worst record in the 2016-17 season, holds the highest likelyhood of capturing the 1st overall pick.
The Lottery will consist of three drawings, according to NHL.com — a drawing for the 1st overall pick, a drawing for the 2nd pick and a drawing for the 3rd pick. The results will then be revealed likely the same way they have been recently shortly after 6pm MT on the 29th of April.
With a new team entering the league this year, the Vegas Golden Knights, there will be 15 teams entered into the Lottery, with normal odds being decreased because of the extra team.
The Avalanche will have an 18% chance at the top pick. Last time they had the highest odds they ended up winning the Lottery and 1st pick in 2013 and selected Nathan MacKinnon.
Vegas will automatically be given the same odds as the 28th place team in the NHL, so they will have a 10.3% chance at the 1st pick, just as Arizona will. The Vancouver Canucks, who finished with the 29th overall record in the league will have a 12.1% chance at the top pick.
Here are the odds for each of the 15 teams in the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery at getting the 1st overall pick:
Colorado Avalanche — 18%
Vancouver Canucks — 12.1%
Vegas Golden Knights — 10.3%
Arizona Coyotes — 10.3%
New Jersey Devils — 8.5%
Buffalo Sabres — 7.6%
Detroit Red Wings — 6.7%
Dallas Stars — 5.8%
Florida Panthers — 5.4%
Los Angeles Kings — 4.5%
Carolina Hurricanes — 3.2%
Winnipeg Jets — 2.7%
Philadelphia Flyers — 2.2%
Tampa Bay Lightning — 1.8%
New York Islanders — 0.9%
The top overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft is expected to be center Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings from the WHL. He has drawn a wide range of comparisons from as good as Jonathan Toews to the low end of a Rob Niedermayer type of player. Who knows what he’ll end up being at the NHL level, but in a weaker draft like this, he is worth the shot for whoever is able to pick at #1.
I wish we were talking about the Avs and an upcoming playoff series, but unfortunately that hasn’t been too common for our team around here lately…
At least this is something positive to think about when it comes to the Colorado Avalanche. Hopefully the Lottery balls fall their way.