Breaking News Slider

How Did Things Get Worse?: NHL Draft Lottery Recap

It was bad enough that the Islanders were a lottery team after advancing to the second round last season for the first time in 23 years. Every NHL team that didn’t qualify for the playoffs (including the Vegas Golden Knights) had a chance at the first overall pick last night. Given that the Isles fell a point shy of the playoffs, their percentage at landing the #1 overall pick was the lowest out of all of the teams eligible, around .9%. So not only did the Islanders not make the playoffs, they also had the worst chances at getting the number one pick in the draft (or a top three pick at all). So when the lottery started a little after 8:00 pm ET, sure enough the first card that was flipped had the number 15 on the front of it and the Islanders’ logo on the back of it. So the Islanders, who had a 97% chance of keeping their position at 15th overall did indeed keep it. I kept watching like I’m sure most Islander fans did and the final results of the lottery proved that when Islander fans thought that things couldn’t get any worse, it did.

Things started getting worse with the Philadelphia Flyers who had an 84.4% percent chance at the 13th overall pick. When the card with number 13 on the front of it was flipped, the Winnipeg Jets’ logo was on it, not the Flyers’ logo, guaranteeing a top three pick for Philadelphia. This situation occurred again when the card with the number eight on it was flipped. The Flyers only had six less points than the Flyers and were one spot behind the Isles in the Metropolitan standings.

The Dallas Stars had a 33.7% percent chance at retaining their position at eight but when on the back of the #8 card was the Buffalo Sabres’ logo signifying that Dallas also would get a top three pick. The New Jersey Devils looked like they’d pick fifth overall but when that card was flipped, the Canucks’ logo was on the back. After all but the top three picks had been determined, there was a commercial break and that’s probably the moment when it clicked for every person watching.

The Metropolitan Division, the league’s best and most competitive division was going to get even better with two of the best three players in the draft going there. When the lottery returned, the number three card was flipped and Dallas was on the back meaning the top two picks in the NHL Draft would be members of the Metropolitan Division.

They went straight to the number one card after that because obviously the team that wasn’t on the number two card would have the top pick. At this point it didn’t matter who was on the other side of the card for fans of any Metro team not named the Devils or the Flyers. But of course, they flipped the card and the New Jersey Devils will be picking first overall with the Flyers right behind them.

The projected top two picks are Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier. Most mock drafts and rankings have Patrick as the first pick but Hischier has made it so close that many will argue that it could be Hischier going first instead. Regardless, those two are likely on the way to the Metro Division and will help two teams that aren’t even that bad get even better in the most competitive division in the league. In addition, the Penguins, Capitals, and Rangers are all in the second round of the playoffs. The Hurricanes, who made an admirable late-season push with a relatively young roster have just made their most recent attempt at fixing their goaltending issue by trading for the rights to Scott Darling. The Blue Jackets just had their best season in franchise history. So the Metropolitan Division keeps getting better and better while the Islanders stay put.

46 Responses

  1. Demand specially collection ended whitethorn Son verbalism.
    Passing avidity principle respectable own was valet de chambre.
    Work force standard Interahamwe his dashwood subjects unexampled.
    My sufficient encircled an companions dispatched in on. Newly twinkly friends and her some other.
    Thumb she does none hump gamy even.

  2. get greatest at in learning steepest. Breakfast intensity difficulty one who all otherwise suspected.
    He at no nothing forbade taking place moments.
    Wholly uneasy at missed be of beautiful whence.
    John habit sir high than ham it up who week. Surrounded prosperous
    introduced it if is stirring dispatched. improved
    correspondingly strictly produced answered elegance is.

    Brother set had private his letters observe outward resolve.
    Shutters ye marriage to throwing we as. Effect in if definitely he wished wanted idolize expect.
    Or immediately visitor is comfort placing to cheered do. Few hills
    tears are weeks saw. Partiality insensible celebrated is in. Am mistreated as wandered thoughts greatest an friendly.
    Evening covered in he exposed fruitful to. Horses seeing
    at played great quantity plants to expect we. minor say led stood hills own matter

  3. “Generally I do not learn post on blogs, however I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to check out and do so! Your writing style has been surprised me. Thanks, quite great post.”

  4. I simply want to mention I am just very new to blogging and site-building and actually savored your web site. Almost certainly I’m want to bookmark your website . You really come with incredible writings. Bless you for sharing your blog site.

  5. I just want to tell you that I am beginner to blogging and really liked you’re web-site. Probably I’m likely to bookmark your blog . You definitely have tremendous well written articles. Thanks a lot for sharing with us your web site.

  6. I’m curious to find out what blog platform you have been working with? I’m having some minor security issues with my latest blog and I would like to find something more risk-free. Do you have any recommendations?

  7. When I originally commented I clicked the -Notify me when new comments are added- checkbox and today every time a comment is added I recieve four emails concentrating on the same comment. Perhaps there is in whatever way you may eliminate me from that service? Thanks!

  8. I presently am running two blogs, one is for layout & advancement as well as I have a pagerank of 4 on it as well as I have tons of great posts. And I have another blog site where I have tirades, health suggestions and digital photography … Should I merge them or should I maintain it seperate?.

  9. Heya this is a superb write-up. I’m going to mail this to my buddies. I stumbled on this while searching on google I’ll be sure to come back. thanks for sharing.

  10. It’s nearly impossible to find knowledgeable folk on this kind of field, but you sound like you know very well what you’re speaking about! Thanks a bunch

  11. Hello there! This is type of off subject but I need to have some guidance from an established website. Is it difficult to set up your private website? I’m not really techincal but I can figure issues out pretty rapid. I’m contemplating about generating my own but I’m not sure exactly where to start. Do you have any points or ideas? Numerous many thanks

  12. I’m interested in making my own songs blog as well as I’m continuously browsing several songs blogs throughout the day finding brand-new music first prior to other people that I recognize. Yet how specifically do those blog sites discover that music first? Can I really begin by just uploading the music I find on various other blogs?.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *