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Devils 2019 Draft Lottery Primer

Get the scoop on everything you need to know about tonight's NHL Draft Lottery

by Marc Ciampa / newjerseydevils.com

TORONTO, ON - The NHL Draft Lottery goes tonight and will be aired on NBCSN as a one-hour show starting at 8:00 p.m. The first 30 minutes of the show, set at CBC Studios in Toronto, will be a playoff preview and the lottery will begin at 8:30. 

General Manager Ray Shero will represent the club on the studio floor. President Hugh Weber will be in attendance and is the Devils representative in the lottery room. Also, newjerseydevils.com will be on location to provide reaction as it happens, both written and video. 

The allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery Draw of the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery is as follows:

Non-Playoff Team
(Fewest Points to Most) Odds

Colorado Avalanche (from OTT) 18.5%
Los Angeles Kings 13.5%
New Jersey Devils 11.5%
Detroit Red Wings 9.5%
Buffalo Sabres 8.5%
New York Rangers 7.5%
Edmonton Oilers 6.5%
Anaheim Ducks 6.0%
Vancouver Canucks 5.0%
Philadelphia Flyers 3.5%
Minnesota Wild 3.0%
Chicago Blackhawks 2.5%
Florida Panthers 2.0%
Arizona Coyotes 1.5%
Montreal Canadiens 1.0%

The odds for the remaining clubs will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery Draw, based on which club wins the 1st Lottery Draw, and again for the 3rd Lottery Draw, based on which club wins the 2nd Lottery Draw. New Jersey has a 33.9% chance of winning a top three pick.

The 12 clubs not selected in the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery will be assigned 2019 NHL Draft selections 4 through 15, in inverse order of regular-season points.

Video: Devils make big jump to win 2017 NHL draft lottery

HOW DOES THE LOTTERY WORK, ANYWAY? 

As mentioned, Devils President Hugh Weber will be in the Lottery Room. It's not as simple as pulling a hand in a bag and picking out a card with a team's name on it. 

A lottery machine has balls with the numbers 1 through 14 on it. Four balls are drawn randomly and there are 1001 different possible combinations that the four balls can make. If a team like the Devils has an 11.5% chance of winning, that means that there are 115 different four-ball combinations which would result in a New Jersey victory.

In 2016-17, when the Devils won the first overall pick, they had 85 combinations or an 8.5% chance of winning. The winning combination of numbers which came up were 1, 5, 6, 12.

Video: Go inside Draft Lottery Room as picks are selected

Once the first draw is made and the first overall team is chosen, they do it all again to determine second and then again to determine third. If the same team is drawn again or if combination 1001 is chosen, it's done again. 

The 2019 NHL Draft will take place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The first round will be held Friday, June 21. Rounds 2-7 will take place Saturday, June 22.

New Jersey will have ten selections, including one first, three seconds (NJ, Bos. and Nsh.), two thirds (Anaheim and Dallas) and the club's original selections in rounds 4-7. New Jersey is tied for the most picks of any team in the draft (10) and in the first three rounds (6). W shave five selections in the first 70 picks.

"You're going to get first-round picks in the second round of this year's draft. The 2020 Draft isn't nearly as strong as this year's," said Devils assistant GM Tom Fitzgerald. "With this draft, we have a lot of picks early and feel like we can add tour future or we can move picks to add veteran players."

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