Today is the day we’ve all been waiting for. The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will pingpong ball us into our draft position this evening.
The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery
When: 8:00 PM Eastern / 5:00 PM Arizona Time
Where: NHL Live Prior to Game 2 of Pittsburgh/Washington (NBC)
How it works, according to the press release from the NHL.
The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of three drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall and the 3rd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting third overall.
Participants in the NHL Draft Lottery include the expansion Vegas Golden Knights, who begin play in the 2017-18 season, and all other clubs that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs (or clubs that acquired the first-round picks of those non-playoff clubs).
The Golden Knights will be afforded the exact same lottery odds as the team finishing the regular season in 28th place – or with the third-worst regular-season record. They will be guaranteed no lower than the sixth overall selection.
To accommodate the addition of a 15th team in the NHL Draft Lottery, the odds for all other participating teams have been reduced proportionally from the odds utilized in last year's NHL Draft Lottery.
The Coyotes could drop to as low as 7th, where they picked last season.
The Colorado Avalanche were nearly historically bad this year, they have a chance of grabbing an amazing player at one, or sliding all the way down to four.
If you want to torture yourself, play the home game here and let’s hope that Arizona’s curse of top draft picks ends tonight.
Editor’s Note: The results of the draft lottery and our reaction here.