It’s everyone’s favorite time of year, when we wonder how the Edmonton Oilers are going to end up with a top five pick aga-.
Oh? What’s that? They’re in the playoffs? Great!
All joking aside, it’s time to see where the Coyotes land statistically before the draft lotto is drawn on April 29th, 2017 at 4:30 PST/7:30 EST on NBC.
With the Coyotes finishing 28th, they had the same odds as the Vegas Golden Knights for the first overall pick, which is 10.30%.
You can play with a simulation of the lotto here. Don’t use it too much or you may drive yourself out of being a hockey fan.
The odds as released by the NHL are as follows. The allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery Draw of the 2017 NHL DraftLottery is as follows:
Non-Playoff Team (Fewest Pts. to Most) Odds
Colorado Avalanche 18.0%
Vancouver Canucks 12.1%
Vegas Golden Knights * 10.3%
Arizona Coyotes 10.3%
New Jersey Devils 8.5%
Buffalo Sabres 7.6%
Detroit Red Wings 6.7%
Dallas Stars 5.8%
Florida Panthers 5.4%
Los Angeles Kings 4.5%
Carolina Hurricanes 3.2%
Winnipeg Jets 2.7%
Philadelphia Flyers 2.2%
Tampa Bay Lightning 1.8%
New York Islanders 0.9%
* Vegas assigned same lottery odds as the team finishing the regular season in 28th place
The Coyotes do have a good chance at landing one of the top three picks, but they also could be pushed as low as seventh, where they drafted last season. With a draft class that is considered weaker than last season, it could hurt the Coyotes more than help. We won’t know until the draw of the lotto balls on April 29th.