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Lottery Draws to Determine Hurricanes' Draft Position

Hurricanes have 3.2 percent chance of winning first pick

by Michael Smith @MSmithCanes / CarolinaHurricanes.com

I'm feeling lucky.

The NHL's annual draft lottery will take place on Saturday and features all 14 non-playoff teams plus the newest franchise, the Vegas Golden Knights. Three separate lottery drawings will determine the first, second and third overall picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, which will be held on June 23-24 at United Center in Chicago.

The Carolina Hurricanes have a 3.2 percent chance (11th best) of landing the first overall pick in this summer's draft. Odds for the remaining scenarios, of which there are a handful, are dependent on the results of each lottery.

The following are the potential draft pick scenarios for the Hurricanes:

  • 1st pick: The Canes win the first lottery (3.2 percent chance)
  • 2nd pick: The Canes win the second lottery
  • 3rd pick: The Canes win the third lottery
  • 11th pick: Three of the 10 teams with greater lottery odds win each of the three lotteries
  • 12th pick: One of the four teams with lesser lottery odds wins any of the three lotteries
  • 13th pick: Two of the four teams with lesser lottery odds win two of the three lotteries
  • 14th pick: Three of the four teams with lesser lottery odds win each of the three lotteries

The Colorado Avalanche, who finished with the fewest points in the league (48), enter this year's lottery as the favorite to win with 18 percent odds. The expansion Vegas Golden Knights hold the exact same lottery odds as the team that finished the regular season in 28th place (Arizona), with a 10.3 percent chance of winning the first overall pick.

Should the Hurricanes retain the 11th pick, it will mark the second straight year in which the team picks outside of the top 10. Last year, the team selected Jake Bean with the 13th overall pick and added Julien Gauthier with the 21st overall pick. The Hurricanes currently hold 11 picks in the 2017 NHL Draft, including seven picks in the first three rounds; 11 picks would be the most made in one draft in Canes' team history. 

A complete list of lottery odds and more can be found here. The results of the lottery will be broadcast on Saturday, April 29 at 8 p.m. on NBC in the United States and Sportsnet and CBC in Canada.

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