Based on the results of the two drawings at tonight's NHL Draft Lottery, the LA Kings will select 8th overall at the 2021 NHL Draft. Please see below for the full details.
The lottery included the 15 teams that failed to qualify for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs and the expansion Kraken, who begin play next season.
The odds for the 15 existing teams were based on the inverse order of the regular-season standings. To accommodate the addition of Seattle, the odds of those 15 teams were reduced proportionally from the odds used in the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery.
The Kraken entered the lottery with the third-best odds, as the Vegas Golden Knights did in their inaugural draft lottery in 2017. Seattle had the same odds (10.3 percent) as the New Jersey Devils, who had the third-worst regular-season record and will pick No. 4.
Unlike previous years, only the top two picks were determined by the lottery, and teams were limited in how far they could rise or fall, based on their regular-season standing.
Picks 16-31 will be determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The No. 1 pick could be defenseman Owen Power, who was No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters. He scored 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) and was plus-18 in 26 games this season for the University of Michigan and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team.
"He became a more physical player and learned to pick his spots better when jumping in from the start of the season," Michigan coach Mel Pearson said. "His all-around game improved, his pivoting, play without the puck. We want to play fast, and at times you have to let the puck do the work. He adjusted a little bit and played at a quicker pace but was really good."
William Eklund, who was No. 1 in NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of International skaters, is another option after the left wing scored 23 points (11 goals, 12 assists) averaging 15:29 in ice time with Djurgarden of the Swedish Hockey League.
Eklund played most of the season on a line with Alexander Holtz, who was selected No. 7 by New Jersey in the 2020 NHL Draft.
"He's a fantastic player with amazing playmaking ability and hockey sense," Holtz said of Eklund. "He battles hard all the time, is very creative, and now he's starting to get a really good shot too."
Two other top defenseman prospects are Simon Edvinsson, No. 2 in Central Scouting's final ranking of International skaters, and Luke Hughes, No. 4 in Central Scouting's final ranking of North American skaters.
Edvinsson scored six points (one goal, five assists) in 14 games for Frolunda in Sweden's junior league. He had one assist in 10 games with Frolunda in the Swedish Hockey League, and scored four points (one goal, three assists) in seven games for third-place Sweden at the IIHF 2021 Under-18 World Championship.
Hughes scored 34 points (six goals, 28 assists) in 38 games for the USA Hockey National Team Development Program Under-18 team of the United States Hockey League. He is the younger brother of Vancouver Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes and Devils forward Jack Hughes, and is committed to play at Michigan next season. The 17-year-old has resumed skating after he had a lacerated tendon in his foot from a skate cut March 7.
2021 NHL Draft order
1. Buffalo Sabres
2. Seattle Kraken
3. Anaheim Ducks
4. New Jersey Devils
5. Columbus Blue Jackets
6. Detroit Red Wings
7. San Jose Sharks
8. Los Angeles Kings
9. Vancouver Canucks
10. Ottawa Senators
11. Chicago Blackhawks
12. Calgary Flames
13. Philadelphia Flyers
14. Dallas Stars
15. New York Rangers
The first round of the draft will be held July 23 and rounds 2-7 are July 24.