2022 NHL Draft Lottery: Teams we wish to win the draft lottery, ranked
The 2022 NHL Draft Lottery is tonight and whereas we’re all collectively crossing our fingers for the suitable ball to go in the suitable gap and come out into some league staffer’s hand, we figured that within the worst case state of affairs of the Flyers not ending up with the highest choose, we are able to take into consideration our private preferences as we go down the checklist of different attainable winners.
So, we determined to rank them.
1 — Philadelphia Flyers (9.5%)
Yeah, duh, clearly. Anyone studying this (hopefully) needs the Flyers to have their title known as out final through the draft lottery broadcast tonight. We hope there isn’t a rationalization wanted.
2 — Anaheim Ducks (3.5%)
Of all of the groups out there, the Ducks appear to be essentially the most enjoyable risk instead. The Flyers might want to solely face this youth-bolstered workforce twice a season and if it offers us extra cause to concentrate to a workforce that has Trevor Zegras on it as he tries to do each trick shot identified and unknown to the game, then so be it.
3 — San Jose Sharks (3.0%)
With the identical scheduling causes because the Ducks, the Sharks can be thanking the heavens in the event that they one way or the other received to have Shane Wright on their workforce subsequent season. With the burden of considerable contracts tied to quickly getting older stars declining right into a black gap of sucking-so-damn-bad, San Jose would welcome having a top-six middle on a rookie contract as they attempt to sneak again to being related once more. This can be no matter.
4 — Vancouver Canucks (0.5%)
Getting the Philadelphian advantage of not having to face this workforce usually can be cool, but additionally it might be typically good to see the Canucks get rewarded for really attempting on the finish of the season. If karma existed, then hiring a coach that slot in completely, forming a progressive entrance workplace that some fan bases are extraordinarily envious of, and placing their star gamers able to succeed; then the Canucks can be welcoming Wright in with open arms. Neat.
5 — Winnipeg Jets (1.5%)
Again, a workforce within the west, shock, shock. The Jets massively underperformed this season and have been rewarded with having a few of the worst odds on the draft lottery. Stuck on this area of unhappiness, Winnipeg can be a sort of enjoyable various and Wright kind of simply suits within the Mark Scheifele/Pierre-Luc Dubois pre-made mould.
6 — Montreal Canadiens (18.5%)
It’s a tough one, however not less than the Canadiens determined to vary their entrance workplace and now have a fairly cool head coach — wow, that might be so rattling enjoyable to have on our favourite hockey workforce. They have the very best probability at getting that high choose, and the rejuvenation of the NHL’s most historic franchise can be sort of good.
7 — Arizona Coyotes (13.5%)
Basically an reverse facet of the coin on the subject of the Canucks feel-good reward, the Coyotes have simply flopped round in hope to get an honest shot on the first choose and have a look at that, they did. With a seemingly horrible administration workers and simply being within the information for off-ice chaos virtually weekly, Arizona deserves nothing. But it’s additionally a possible state of affairs so I suppose we now have to heat ourselves as much as the potential for this taking place.
8 — Detroit Red Wings (6.0%)
The Red Wings are clearly attempting to construct one thing particular and whereas they clearly have been hitting on their top-10 picks as of late with Moritz Seider and Lucas Raymond, getting some lottery luck and including a much-desired middle to play behind Dylan Larkin can be good. Good for them, they’re really going by way of the method.
9 — Buffalo Sabres (5.0%)
Ah, the Sabres. We’re within the mushy-middle on the subject of this workforce as a result of they might be in a decent competitors for when the Flyers need to be good (lol) and in the event that they get one other lottery choose, then that solely makes them more durable to ultimately beat out. But, it’s Buffalo.
10 — Ottawa Senators (6.5%)
Yes, we are able to objectively say that the Senators appear to be they’re having enjoyable north of the border. Creating a tight-knit core of gamers that appear to like enjoying for the workforce, led by baby-man Brady Tkachuk. But, getting one other good participant might entice pending free agent Claude Giroux even additional (perhaps).
11 — Seattle Kraken (11.5%)
While the Flyers wouldn’t even take into consideration the Kraken greater than twice per season, getting a very good participant so as to add to Matty Beniers and their present workforce, would solely let Dave Hakstol preserve his job for longer. That would stink.
12 — Vegas Golden Knights (0.5%)
If the Golden Knights win the lottery, they get to maintain their choose and never hand it over to the Sabres as a part of the Jack Eichel commerce. This can be completely horrible. Imagine a workforce that has out of the blue develop into the villain of the league simply out of the blue getting one other good participant to cover away in Nevada and be rewarded for being simply so weirdly evil.
13 — Chicago Blackhawks (7.5%)
Nothing good ought to occur to Chicago. Similar to the Golden Knights’ state of affairs, in the event that they win the lottery, they don’t want at hand this choose over to the Blue Jackets in return for Seth Jones. And this one may really occur! This would suck.
14 — Columbus Blue Jackets (2.5%)
A workforce that’s already bulging with prospects, getting a really, excellent one in Shane Wright, simply appears unfair. And then the Flyers must face them rather a lot? No thanks.
15 — New Jersey Devils (8.5%)
Yeah, we can not even suppose what it might be wish to have the Devils get Wright after which out of the blue be everybody’s favourite workforce to make the playoffs after successful yet one more low season.
16 — New York Islanders (2.0%)
They simply fired their coach, they’ve presumably the worst contract structuring in your complete league, after which they out of the blue get a high choose? The Islanders one way or the other managing to get Wright after their season after which them visiting Philadelphia sufficient as if to snigger in our faces, can be one thing horrible and it’s why we don’t need to see this one bit.
You may disagree with this rating, however it’s what we’re considering whereas we’re busy clenching and getting extra nervous by the hour.
The NHL Draft Lottery will start at 6:30 p.m. ET on ESPN, ESPN+, and NHL Live.