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The 2020 NHL Draft lottery's dip into complete chaos explained

The 2020 NHL Draft lottery's dip into complete chaos explained

Well, no one did. The eight teams that don't advance from the playoff qualifying round the National Hockey League plans to hold later this summer will each have 12.5% odds for the No. 1 pick.

After the pandemic postponed the draft, which was scheduled to be held this weekend in Montreal, the National Hockey League rolled out a new plan for the lottery that included the seven teams not participating in the 24-team format to finish the season and the eight teams that would be eliminated from the qualifying round.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound-Lafreniere had 114 goals and 297 points in 173 games with Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior League. The odds were always on the Wings picking fourth.

One of the balls representing playoff teams "won" the first pick and now the lottery moves on to what the league is calling a "second phase".

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The league-worst Detroit Red Wings dropped to fourth, the Los Angeles Kings got the second pick and the Senators ended up with Nos.

The winning placeholder, designated Team E, had a 2.5 percent chance to be assigned the No. 1 pick, the 12th-best odds among the 15 entries.

Apart from its own pick, 30th-ranked Ottawa also possesses San Jose's selection as part of the blockbuster trade for star defenceman Erik Karlsson in September 2018.

The Anaheim Ducks wound up with the sixth pick, New Jersey Devils the seventh and Buffalo Sabres the eighth. "It's the same for all the teams", Yzerman said. "He knows what needs to be done, and he can go out and make that happen".

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"He has the talent, the skills, the speed, the smarts, the compete, the battle, the perseverance, the will to be the best, and the will to win".

Behind him, Adler Mannheim's Tim Stutzle and OHL Sudbury's Quinton Byfield are the projected next best of the 2020 draft class.

Only then with presumptive top prospect Alexis Lafreniere find out his likely destination. "There's some big-time players".

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