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Flyers hoping to hit big in Saturday's NHL Draft Lottery

by @NHLFlyers

The NHL will hold it's annual Draft Lottery, which determines the first 15 picks in the first round of the 2017 NHL Draft, on Saturday night in Toronto and this year's will be unlike any other.

As was the case last year, the first three picks in the Draft will be decided by a lottery, but this year will see the newest NHL franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights, enter the fold. 

They will be given the same odds as the team finishing with the third-fewest points during the 2016-17 regular season and hold a 10.3% chance at winning the 1st overall pick. The best chance at No. 1 overall are the Colorado Avalanche (18%) followed by the Vancouver Canucks (12.1%) and tied with Vegas are the Arizona Coyotes (10.3%).

As far as Vegas is concerned, they are guaranteed to pick no lower than the 6th overall selection, but hold a 30 percent chance to finish with either the 1st, 2nd or 3rd overall pick.

As for the Flyers fate? The lottery balls must bounce to a 2.2 percent chance for them to capture the first overall pick, as well as a 2.4 percent chance and 2.7 percent chance at the second and third overall pick respectively.

The highest percentage sees the Flyers picking at 13th overall, coming in at 84.3 percent. Because of the rules of the lottery, the 12 clubs not selected in the NHL Draft Lottery will be assigned NHL Draft selections 4 through 15, in inverse order of regular-season points.

Hence, the Flyers cannot pick 4th-12th and can only pick in the 1-3 positions, or fall to 14th (8.3%) or 15th (0.1%).

The results of the NHL Draft Lottery will be announced shortly after 8 p.m. ET, during live coverage of the event on NBC, Sportsnet, CBC and TVA Sports.

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