Never before have the Ducks had the first overall pick, but that could change this Friday. As it stands, Anaheim has the fifth-best odds - at 8.5 percent - to land the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft, but it should also be noted the Ducks can fall back as far as three spots (eighth overall). No matter how the drawing goes, the Ducks are still "going to get a good player this year," as GM Bob Murray said earlier this month. "We're positive of that."
Ducks Draft Lottery Central
Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery will be televised live on Friday at 5 p.m. PT on NBCSN and the NHL Network in the United States and Sportsnet and TVAS in Canada. The lottery will determine the first 15 picks in the 2020 draft based on 3-6 drawings over one or two phases. It'll include the seven teams that didn't make the Stanley Cup Qualifiers, plus eight teams that lose in the qualifiers.
The First Phase of the draft lottery will be held this Friday, prior to the qualifiers, and will consist of three drawings and include the seven teams whose season ended and eight placeholder positions. The lottery odds for the seven non-qualifying teams were determined by their points percentage during the 2019-20 regular season, which was paused March 12 due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus and was ended May 26 with the Return to Play Plan announcement.
Detroit Red Wings - 18.5%
Ottawa Senators - 13.5%
Ottawa Senators (from San Jose Sharks) - 11.5%
Los Angeles Kings - 9.5%
Anaheim Ducks - 8.5%
New Jersey Devils - 7.5%
Buffalo Sabres - 6.5%
Qualifier Team A - 6%
Qualifier Team B - 5%
Qualifier Team C - 3.5%
Qualifier Team D - 3%
Qualifier Team E - 2.5%
Qualifier Team F - 2%
Qualifier Team G - 1.5%
Qualifier Team H - 1%
View: Full 2020 Draft Lottery Procedure
It's been 15 years since the Ducks had a top-five pick in the draft. The last time it happened came in 2005 when they landed the second overall selection in a weighted lottery and chose Bobby Ryan. Pittsburgh won the lottery that year and selected Sidney Crosby.
Over the past 10 years, the Ducks have held top-10 picks three different times. In 2012, they selected Hampus Lindholm sixth overall. Two years later, the Ducks took Nick Ritchie at No. 10 and last June got Trevor Zegras with the ninth overall selection.
View: All first-round picks in Ducks history
"We're quite anxious for it," Murray said of the draft lottery. "I hope we don't drop down any, but that seems to be the norm the last few years. Something always drops you down a couple, or one or whatever. But you can win. We have three picks in the top-36 as of right now. We just finished our draft meetings and I've seen pretty much everybody they're talking about. I'm looking forward to this year's draft. We'll add to our young depth that's starting to grow."
Back in April, the NHL Central Scouting Bureau released its final rankings for the 2020 NHL Draft. Left wing Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) ranks No. 1 among North American skaters, followed by a pair of Ontario Hockey League players: center Quinton Byfield of the Sudbury Wolves and defenseman Jamie Drysdale of the Erie Otters. Left wing Tim Stuetzle, who plays for Mannheim in Germany's top professional league, is the top-ranked European skater, per NHL Central Scouting.