The National Hockey League announced today the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery, used to determine the order of selection for the first 16 picks in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft, will be held on Wednesday, June 2 at 4 p.m. PT and aired on NHL Network.
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The Ducks will also host a pre-Lottery (approximately 4 p.m. PT) and post-Lottery show (approximately 4:35 p.m. PT) presented by Honda, streaming on their Twitch, Facebook and Twitter channels and hosted by Kent French and Brian Hayward.
The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of two drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall.
The Ducks have the second-best chance of acquiring the first overall pick at 12.1%, only behind the Buffalo Sabres at 16.6%. The Ducks are guaranteed no lower than the fourth overall selection in the draft. It will be the highest draft pick for the franchise in 16 years (after taking Bobby Ryan No. 2 overall in the 2005 NHL Draft).
Participants in the Draft Lottery include the expansion Seattle Kraken, who begin play in the 2021-22 season, and all Clubs that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The Kraken enter the Draft Lottery as the No. 3 seed and owning the exact same lottery odds as the No. 4 seed (the team finishing the regular season with the third-worst regular-season record), mirroring the status of the Vegas Golden Knights entering their inaugural Draft Lottery participation in 2017. The Kraken will be guaranteed no lower than the fifth overall selection.
To accommodate the addition of a 16th team in the Draft Lottery, the odds for all other participating teams have been reduced proportionally from the odds utilized in last year's Draft Lottery.
The allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery Draw of the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery is as follows:
1. Buffalo Sabres 16.6%
2. Anaheim Ducks 12.1%
3. Seattle Kraken* 10.3%
4. New Jersey Devils 10.3%
5. Columbus Blue Jackets 8.5%
6. Detroit Red Wings 7.6%
7. San Jose Sharks 6.7%
8. Los Angeles Kings 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%
* Seattle Kraken assigned No. 3 seed with same lottery odds as No. 4 seed (10.3%)
** NHL announced forfeiture of Arizona Coyotes' 1st-round pick in 2021 NHL Draft in sanctions announced Aug. 26, 2020. Arizona being selected in either Lottery Draw will result in a re-draw.