NHL Draft Lottery Odds for all 16 teams that missed the playoffs

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NHL draft change (NHLI/TSN)

The 2022 NHL Draft Lottery is set for May 10 and will be conducted remotely this season.

Now that the season has come to a close, the league released the Draft Lottery odds for all 16 teams involved.

Last year, the Buffalo Sabres finished with an NHL-low 37 points and won the right to select Owen Power with the No. 1 overall pick of the 2021 draft. Power recently signed with the team after completing his college season at Michigan.

The Montreal Canadiens will host the 2022 draft on July 7-8 at the Bell Centre.

The city had been scheduled to host the draft in 2020, but the event was held virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic instead, as it was in 2021.

NHL Draft Lottery Odds

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(EDITORS NOTE: caption correction) Jun 21, 2019; Vancouver, BC, Canada; Cole Caufield after being selected as the number fifteen overall pick to the Montreal Canadiens in the first round of the 2019 NHL Draft at Rogers Arena. Mandatory Credit: Anne-Marie Sorvin-USA TODAY Sports

The Montreal Canadiens finished dead last and have the highest odds to win the first overall pick.

  • Montreal Canadiens 18.5%
  • Arizona Coyotes 13.5%
  • Seattle Kraken 11.5%
  • Philadelphia Flyers 9.5%
  • New Jersey Devils 8.5%
  • Chicago Blackhawks 7.5%
  • Ottawa Senators 6.5%
  • Detroit Red Wings 6.0%
  • Buffalo Sabres 5.0%
  • Anaheim Ducks 3.5%
  • San Jose Sharks 3.0%
  • Columbus Blue Jackets 2.5%
  • New York Islanders 2.0%
  • Winnipeg Jets 1.5%
  • Vancouver Canucks 0.5%
  • Vegas Golden Knights 0.5%

Notes: The Blackhawks trade with the Blue Jackets for Seth Jones had a condition set that if their first-round pick lands in the top two they will retain and give a 2023 first round pick instead. And the Golden Knights had a top ten pick protection in their deal for Jack Eichel with the Buffalo Sabres. If they move up, they will keep the selection and give up a 2023 first round pick as a replacement.

NHL Draft Lottery rule changes

The NHL made some changes to the Draft Lottery back in April, 2021. Those calls to take action came after the New York Rangers selected second and first overall in 2019 and 2020 respectively despite just missing the playoffs in each season.

2022 NHL Draft Lottery:

  • Teams will be restricted from moving up more than 10 spots if it wins one of the lottery draws.
  • Teams cannot win the lottery more than twice in a five-year period. Wins in the lottery prior to 2022 will not be counted toward this total.

That means the 12th place team (currently the Columbus Blue Jackets) can select no higher than second overall.

Positions are not yet finalized but the Arizona Coyotes (49 points) and Montreal Canadiens (51 points) are in a great spot to capture the first overall pick.

Forward Shane Wright of the Ontario Hockey League’s Kingston Frontenacs is expected to be the top pick.