2021 NHL Draft Lottery Results: Sabers Take No. 1 Overall; Kraken moves up to second place
The NHL playoffs are heating up, but not all franchises are focused on the here and now. Sixteen teams rather have their eyes on the future.
On Wednesday, the NHL held its draft lottery to determine which club would get the first overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft. As the cards were turned over by Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, everything followed the odds – until number 3 was returned. The Ducks, who had the second best odds for first place, were knocked down, leaving the Sabers and the NHL’s newest franchise, the Kraken, on the sidelines.
In the end, it was the Sabers who landed at the top of the selection board. GM Kevyn Adams won’t have had an easy decision to make, as there is no consensus on Global Outlook # 1 this year. Defenseman Owen Power seems like the more likely choice, but there are also University of Michigan teammates Matthew Beniers and Kent Johnson. Other big names include Dylan Guenther, Brandt Clark, and Hughes’ third brother, Luke.
Buffalo last held the No. 1 overall pick in 2018 and selected defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.
2021 NHL Draft Lottery Results
Here is the full order of the 2021 NHL Draft following the June 2 Draft Lottery Draw.
The remaining 16 spots (nos. 16-31) will be determined by the results of the 2021 Stanley Cup playoffs, with the champion tentatively supposed to pick 31st.
|1. Buffalo Sabers|
|2. Seattle Kraken|
|3. Anaheim Ducks|
|4. The New Jersey Devils|
|5. The Columbus Blue Jackets|
|6. The Detroit Red Wings|
|7. Sharks of San José|
|8. Kings of Los Angeles|
|9. Vancouver Canucks|
|10. Ottawa Senators|
|11. Chicago Blackhawks|
|12. Calgary Flames|
|13. Philadelphia Flyers|
|14. Dallas Stars|
|15. New York Rangers|
How many draws were there?
This year’s draft lottery had two draws:
- Draw 1: To determine who will select the first overall
- Draw 2: To determine who will select the second in the general classification
The Kraken were given the same odds as the third worst team in the 2021 season, which is similar to the odds the Golden Knights received when they entered the league in 2017. Vegas ended up taking sixth place in the standings. general and select Cody Glass. Seattle couldn’t have chosen less than fifth in 2021.
When is the 2021 NHL Draft?
The 2021 NHL Draft is scheduled for July 23-24 with Round 1 Friday and Rounds 2-7 Saturday. Like last year, it will be a virtual event.
Why don’t the Coyotes have a first-round pick?
The Coyotes had to give up their first-round pick in 2021 after breaking NHL combine rules by performing physical tests on players eligible for the 2019 Draft before the combine. Commissioner Gary Bettman has ruled the Coyotes should forgo their second-round pick (49th overall) in 2020 and their first round in 2021.
If the Coyotes had been selected in either lottery draw, there would have been a new draw. Arizona will now select 11th place in Rounds 2-7.
What were the odds of winning the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery?
|1. Buffalo Sabers||16.6|
|2. Anaheim ducks||12.1|
|3. The Seattle Kraken||10.3|
|4. The New Jersey Devils||10.3|
|5. The Columbus Blue Jackets||8.5|
|6. The Detroit Red Wings||7.6|
|7. Sharks of San José||6.7|
|8. Kings of Los Angeles||5.8|
|9. Vancouver Canucks||5.4|
|10. Ottawa Senators||4.5|
|11. Arizona Coyotes||3.1|
|12. Chicago Blackhawks||2.7|
|13. Calgary Flames||2.2|
|14. Philadelphia Flyers||1.8|
|15. Dallas Stars||1.4|
|16. New York Rangers||1.0|