NHL announces Lottery Draft, odds

Aaron Vickers2017 Draft Center

The odds are in.

The National Hockey League announced Tuesday the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery to determine the order of the first 15 picks in the 2017 NHL Draft.

The lottery will be held Saturday, April 29 in Toronto.

The draft will take place on June 23-24 at United Center in Chicago.

The lottery will consist of three drawings. The first will determine which team selects first overall, and the second and third drawings will determine picks two and three.

Fifteen teams will participate in the lottery, including the 14 teams who did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs, as well as the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. The Golden Knights will be assigned the same odds as the team with the third-worst regular season record and will be guaranteed no lower than the sixth overall pick.

The odds are as follows:

Colorado Avalanche18.0%
Vancouver Canucks12.1%
Vegas Golden Knights10.3%
Arizona Coyotes10.3%
New Jersey Devils8.5%
Buffalo Sabres7.6%
Detroit Red Wings6.7%
Dallas Stars5.8%
Florida Panthers5.4%
Los Angeles Kings4.5%
Carolina Hurricanes3.2%
Winnipeg Jets2.7%
Philadelphia Flyers2.2%
Tampa Bay Lightning1.8%
New York Islanders0.9%

The odds for the remaining teams will increase for the second draw, as dependant on which team wins the first draw. The odds will again increase for the third draw, as dependant on which team wins the second draw.

The 12 teams that do not win the lottery will be assigned selections based on inverse order of the regular season standings.