It’s time to get funky.
Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL draft lottery is upon us and NOT the worst team, or the second-worst team or even the third-worst (!) will get the No. 1 overall selection.
That’s right: Four teams that finished in the postseason when the 2019-20 regular season could possibly nab the top spot, along with the four teams that finished 16th, 17th, 19th, 20th and 21st.
Alexis Lafreniere is expected to be the top pick come October. Will he be suiting up with Sidney Crosby in Pittsburgh? How about lining up with Connor McDavid and Leon Draisaitl in Edmonton?
Let’s find out.
NHL Draft lottery results 2020
Here is the complete 2020 NHL Draft order before the Phase 2 lottery drawing. It will be updated with results as soon as Phase 2 is complete.
The remaining 16 slots (No. 16-31) will be determined by the results of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs with the champion tentatively scheduled to pick 31st.
NHL Draft lottery odds
Eight teams eliminated from the NHL’s qualifying round get an even 12.5 percent chance to get the top pick in the draft.
How does Phase 2 work?
Let’s be honest for a second: the entire draft lottery this time around is confusing even for the most grizzled draft guru. With that, we’ll try to explain it as best we can.
First, there was a lottery back in June where the seven teams not participating in the postseason found out where they slotted for the draft. But as we said earlier, none of those teams were selected to pick first overall. That honor went to something called “Team E” — a placeholder for one of the eight teams eliminated from the NHL’s qualifying round.
So, that activated Phase 2.
On Monday, the NHL will hold a single draw in which every team has equal 12.5 percent odds to win the No. 1 overall pick and (what is expected to be) Lafreniere. The other seven teams will be assigned positions 9-15, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time the regular season was paused.
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