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Chicago holds No. 11 overall pick following Wednesday's NHL Draft Lottery

by Carter Baum @CarterBaum /

The Blackhawks hold the 11th overall pick at the 2021 NHL Draft. 

Chicago's number was not drawn in Wednesday night's lottery and neither was a team below them in the order, meaning President of Hockey Operations & General Manager Stan Bowman and Vice President of Amatuer Scouting Mark Kelley will go to work with the 11th pick of the opening round when the draft begins on Friday, July 23. 

The Buffalo Sabres won the No. 1 overall pick during the lottery at the NHL Network studio in Secaucus, N.J., maintaining their place atop the odds board entering the lottery. The Seattle Kraken moved up to the No. 2 overall selection from the third-best odds entering the night. 

Chicago has drafted 11th overall four times in franchise history, selecting Kyle Beach (2008), Pavel Vorobiev (2000), Dave Manson (1985) and Wayne Davidson (2nd round, 1963) with the No. 11 selection.

The Blackhawks entered the draft lottery with the 12th-best odds at the No. 1 selection. The Arizona Coyotes were forced to forfeit their first-round pick as announced last August, meaning Chicago moved to the No. 11 spot without winning the lottery. Chicago also entered the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery with the 12th best odds before winning the now-defunct third drawing to move up to the No. 3 overall selection, where they drafted Kirby Dach

The 2021 NHL Draft will be held virtually over two days. Round 1 will take place on Friday, July 23, followed by rounds 2-7 on Saturday, July 24.

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