The NHL officially announced the information for the 2021 Draft Lottery on Wednesday night. The Philadelphia Flyers missed the playoffs, but only “barely,” so they’ll have lower odds than most.
The National Hockey League announced that the NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 16 picks in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft, will be held on Wednesday, June 2nd at NHL Network’s studios in Secaucus, N.J.
There will be two drawings this year. There will be a drawing for the first overall pick, and then another drawing for the second overall pick. The teams in the draft lottery consist of the 15 teams that did not qualify for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs as well as the expansion Seattle Kraken.
Here are the odds for the first Lottery Draw of the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery:
The teams not selected in the Draft Lottery will be assigned selections 3 through 16, in inverse order of regular-season points.
The Flyers have a 1.8% chance of winning the lottery, so in all likelihood they will be drafting in the teens. They could move up a slot or two if the Stars or Rangers get either of the first two picks.
We all remember back in 2017 when the Flyers won the No. 2 overall pick in the lottery with just a 2.4% chance of picking second overall. They drafted Nolan Patrick with that pick. Patrick may be a topic of conversation this offseason, but for all the wrong reasons.
The 2021 NHL Draft will be held virtually and is set to take place on Friday, July 23 for the first round and Saturday, July 24 for Rounds 2 through 7.
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