NHL Draft Lottery 2023 Odds

nhl draft lottery 2023 Odds

The Chicago Blackhawks have won the NHL draft lottery, securing the right to pick the talented Canadian junior center, Connor Bedard. The Blackhawks last held the first overall pick in 2007, when they selected winger Patrick Kane. With a rebuild in progress, the Blackhawks hope to add Bedard as a key piece to the team.

NHL Draft Lottery 2023 Odds

The Anaheim Ducks, with the highest odds of winning, secured the second overall pick, while the Columbus Blue Jackets dropped to third. Bedard, considered a generational talent, is expected to be a franchise building block, while other prospects like Adam Fantilli, Will Smith, and Leo Carlsson are also in the mix. The NHL draft lottery involved the 16 teams that did not make the 2023 Stanley Cup playoffs.

The lottery odds this season were:

1. Ducks: 18.5%

2. Blue Jackets: 13.5%

3. Blackhawks: 11.5%

4. San Jose Sharks: 9.5%

5. Montreal Canadiens: 8.5%

6. Arizona Coyotes: 7.5%

7. Philadelphia Flyers: 6.5%

8. Washington Capitals: 6%

9. Detroit Red Wings: 5%

10. St. Louis Blues: 3.5%

11. Vancouver Canucks: 3%

12. Ottawa Senators: 2.5%

13. Buffalo Sabres: 2%

14. Pittsburgh Penguins: 1.5%

15. Nashville Predators: 0.5%

16. Calgary Flames: 0.5%.

According to the NHL, for each of the two drawings, 14 balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine. The machine randomly selected four balls. The resulting four-number series (without regard to selection order) was matched against a chart that shows all possible combinations and the clubs to which each was assigned. The chart showed that the Blackhawks had been assigned the numbers (4-5-9-13) that were expelled in the first drawing, followed by the Ducks (6-8-9-10) in the second drawing.

Blackhawks win NHL draft lottery, get to pick Connor Bedard

Blackhawks Win NHL Draft Lottery and Choose Bedard as No. 1 Pick

On Monday night, the Chicago Blackhawks won the lottery for the first pick in the upcoming NHL draft. They chose Canadian center, Connor Bedard, who has been touted as a generational talent, drawing comparisons to Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid. Bedard will become the new face of the Blackhawks franchise, taking the place of departed stars Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews.

Chicago’s First Lottery Win Since 2007

The Blackhawks committed to a full-scale rebuild last year and have made their first lottery win since 2007, when they picked Kane. The third-highest odds of winning the lottery at 11.5%, Chicago beat out Anaheim and Columbus. The win set off a wild celebration among fans at a watch party.

First Overall Pick Can Change Everything

Blackhawks general manager, Kyle Davidson, stated that the first overall pick can have a significant impact on the franchise, city, and team history. Davidson hopes that Bedard can change Chicago’s fortunes and bring them back to the top of the league.

Anaheim Wins Second Pick

League-worst Anaheim won the lottery for the second pick and will have the opportunity to choose between Canadian Adam Fantilli, Russian Matvei Michkov, and Swede Leo Carlsson.

Columbus Set to Pick Third

Columbus will pick third, continuing their run of lottery losses. GM Jarmo Kekalainen is confident that they will get a big difference maker at the third pick.

Bedard Compared to Crosby and McDavid

Bedard has been the presumptive top pick for several years, considered the best prospect available since McDavid and Crosby. As a generational talent, he has the potential to change the course of the Blackhawks franchise.