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LIVE BLOG: 2021 NHL Draft Lottery- Results, Odds, Top Prospects

Tonight is the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery. Follow along here for live updates as the picks are revealed, as well as details about how it will work and each team’s odds at the first overall pick!

How It All Works

Unlike the past several years (excluding last year), which saw the top 16 (15 up until the 2017-18 season) picks determined by the lottery, only two picks will be drawn. There will be two separate draws. The first overall pick will be drawn first, followed by a separate draw for the second overall pick. Then, the remaining teams will be slotted in order by points percentage, with the remaining team with the lowest regular-season points percentage getting the third overall pick.

Odds to Get the First Overall Pick

Below are each team’s odds to get the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft.

Buffalo Sabres: 16.6%

Anaheim Ducks: 12.1%

Seattle Kraken*: 10.3%

New Jersey Devils: 10.3%

Columbus Blue Jackets: 8.5%

Detroit Red Wings: 7.6%

San Jose Sharks: 6.7%

Los Angeles Kings: 5.8%

Vancouver Canucks: 5.4%

Ottawa Senators: 4.5%

Arizona Coyotes**: 3.1%

Chicago Blackhawks: 2.7%

Calgary Flames: 2.2%

Philadelphia Flyers: 1.8%

Dallas Stars: 1.4%

New York Rangers: 1.0%

*The Seattle Kraken are guaranteed to pick no lower than fifth overall this year as an expansion draft.

**The Arizona Coyotes forfeited their first-round pick as part of sanctions placed on them by the NHL for violating the NHL’s Combine Testing Policy by illegally evaluating players before the 2020 NHL Combine. If the Coyotes win the lottery, there will be a re-draw.

2021 NHL Draft Order Results

The lottery results are announced in reverse order. This blog will be updated as they come out.

15. New York Rangers

14. Dallas Stars

13. Philadelphia Flyers

12. Calgary Flames

11. Chicago Blackhawks

10. Ottawa Senators

9. Vancouver Canucks

8. Los Angeles Kings

7. San Jose Sharks

6. Detroit Red Wings

5. Columbus Blue Jackets

4. New Jersey Devils

3. Anaheim Ducks

2. Seattle Kraken

1. Buffalo Sabres

Fun Facts:
  • The last time a team with the worst record won was 2018, when the Buffalo Sabres did so and selected Rasmus Dahlin.
  • This is only the third time in the past 11 years that the team with the worst record won the draft lottery.

Top Prospects

And now, for a little bit on who the Sabres will likely look to draft first overall. This year’s draft is not a particularly good one, with no clear-cut number one pick. The likely first overall pick is Owen Power, a mobile, big-bodied defenseman who played for the University of Michigan last year. Buffalo needs help in every aspect, so there is a good chance they pick him. Luke Hughes, brother of Jack and Quinn and hailing from the U.S. National Development Team, is another intriguing option at defense, as is Brandt Clarke, who most recently played for HC Nove Zamky in Slovakia.

However, Buffalo could also look to draft a forward. Should they plan to trade Jack Eichel this summer, which feels likely, then it feels extremely likely they will go this route. It’s possible even if they don’t plan to trade him, but it will be almost a given if that’s in the cards.

If Buffalo chooses to go with a forward, it will likely be a center, in which case Matthew Berniers and Kent Johnson, both from the University of Michigan are the best options. If they choose to look elsewhere at forward, Dylan Guenthers, a right-wing from the Edmonton Oil Kings in the WHL, and William Eklund, a left wing from Djurgardens in the SHL, are good options. For more information on each of these prospects, plus many more, be sure to check out TSN’s Bob McKenzie’s power rankings, which are always incredible and are much better than anything I could ever put together.

-Lydia Murray (@lydia_murray12)

Featured image courtesy of NHL.com.

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