It really did happen.
The NHL held Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft on June 26 when the most bizarre scenario imaginable unfolded, upending this year’s draft process.
The worst team in the NHL — by far, the lowly Red Wings — would not get to pick No. 1 overall. How about the second-worst team, the Senators, who had not one but two chances to win the Alexis Lafreniere sweepstakes? That would be a no. The Kings, luckier than most, jumped to No 2 overall, but still fell short of the top pick.
Instead, the ping pong ball turned up in favor of a yet-to-be-determined team playing in the qualifying round — not even one of the bottom-seven squads from the 2019-20 NHL shortened regular season — that will get the chance to draft Lafreniere, a Canadian wunderkind considered by most to be the NHL’s next generational talent.
Yes, 2020 is weird.
Sporting News has everything you need to know to make sense of the 2020 NHL Draft’s Phase 2 lottery, including updated odds and the current order of picks as teams are eliminated from postseason contention.
When is the NHL Draft Lottery Phase 2 draw?
The qualifying round is scheduled to end on Aug. 9 with the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs beginning Aug. 11. Phase 2 will happen the day after the 16 teams are officially confirmed with eight teams itching to find out if they get the No. 1 overall pick.
- Date: Monday, Aug. 10
- Time: 6 p.m. ET | 3 p.m. PT
- TV channel: NBCSN, NHL Network (U.S.) | Sportsnet, TVA Sports (Canada)
How does Phase 2 work?
Let’s be honest for a second: the entire draft lottery this time around is confusing even for the most grizzled draft guru. With that, we’ll try to explain it as best we can.
First, there was a lottery back in June where the seven teams not participating in the postseason found out where they slotted for the draft. But as we said earlier, none of those teams were selected to pick first overall. That honor went to something called “Team E” — a placeholder for one of the eight teams eliminated from the NHL’s qualifying round.
So, that activated Phase 2.
On Monday, the NHL will hold a single draw in which every team has equal 12.5 percent odds to win the No. 1 overall pick and (what is expected to be) Lafreniere. The other seven teams will be assigned positions 9-15, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time the regular season was paused.
NHL Draft lottery odds
The eight teams will not compete in the Stanley Cup playoffs will get an even 12.5 percent chance to get the top pick in the draft that is scheduled for Oct. 10.
|New York Rangers||12.5 pct.||.564|
NHL Draft order 2020
Here is the complete 2020 NHL Draft order before the Phase 2 lottery drawing. After the first 15 picks are established, the remaining 16 slots (No. 16-31) will be determined by the results of the 2020 Stanley Cup playoffs with the champion tentatively scheduled to pick 31st.
|2. Los Angeles Kings|
|3. Ottawa Senators (via SJS)|
|4. Detroit Red Wings|
|5. Ottawa Senators|
|6. Anaheim Ducks|
|7. New Jersey Devils|
|8. Buffalo Sabres|
* To be determined by Phase 2 of 2020 NHL Draft Lottery
Alexis Lafreniere, other top prospects to know
The consensus No. 1 pick is Rimouski Oceanic forward Alexis Lafreniere. In April, the NHL’s Central Scouting Bureau named him the top North American skater in its final rankings.
This past season, he led the QMJHL with 112 points (35 goals, 77 assists) and at the 2020 IIHF World Junior Championship, and he was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and Best Forward after posting 10 points (four goals, six assists) in five games for the gold-medal winning Canadians.
But he’s not the only player that has left general managers salivating to finally get the selection process going; the 2020 draft is a deep one with kids expected to make immediate impacts for their new franchises.
Here’s the top players to keep an eye on per the final Central Scouting Bureau standings:
North American skaters
|4||Jake Sanderson||D||USA||U.S. U18|
|8||Kaiden Guhle||D||CAN||Prince Albert|
|6||Helge Grans||D||SWE||Malmo Jr.|
North American goaltenders
|2||Drew Commesso||USA||U.S. U18|
|5||Garin Bjorklund||CAN||Medicine Hat|
|8||Devon Levi||CAN||Carleton Place|
|9||Brock Gould||USA||Moose Jaw|
|10||Nick Malik||CZE||Sault Ste. Marie|
|1||Iaroslav Askarov||RUS||Neva. Saint Petersburg|
|3||Joel Blomqvist||FIN||Karpat Jr.|
|4||Calle Clang||SWE||Rogle Jr.|
|5||Amir Miftakhov||RUS||Bars Kazan|
|6||Juho Markkanen||FIN||Saipa Jr.|
|7||Hugo Ollas||SWE||Linkoping Jr.|
|8||Jesper Vikman||SWE||AIK Jr.|
|9||Davide Fadani||ITA||Lugano Jr.|
|10||Jakub Malek||CZE||Vsetin Jr.|