The NHL’s COVID-19 edition of the annual draft lottery was held on Friday night and the results were fairly unexpected. Despite all the odds a place-holder team won the right to pick first overall in the 2020 NHL Draft. This means that one of the losing teams in the upcoming qualifying round of the playoffs will gain the right to draft Alexis Lafreniere. Absolutely bonkers stuff from the NHL.
As for the other “winners” of the night, the Los Angeles Kings will pick 2nd while the Ottawa Senators round out the top three. The Detroit Red Wings failed to crack the top three despite having the best odds and will have to settle for pick #4. The Senators also received the fifth overall pick from San Jose as apart of the Erik Karlsson trade.
So, what does this mean for the Edmonton Oilers? Well, you might want to sit down for this one. Once the 8 losing teams are determined after the qualifying round they will each have a 12.5% chance of being selected as the owners of the first overall pick. This means that if the Edmonton Oilers were to somehow lose their play-in series against Chicago they would have a chance at drafting Lafreniere therefore causing the entire universe to implode all at once. However, if the Oilers defeat the Hawks they will not be entered to win the first overall pick.
We can expect Alexis Lafreniere’s future NHL team to be announced sometime after the qualifying round which, if everything goes to plan, should take place sometime in late August to early September.
So, what do you guys think? Are you going to be rooting for the Oilers to beat the Hawks for a chance at the cup or would you prefer an early exit for a chance at Lafreniere?