While the 2019 NHL Draft will take place June 21 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, the Draft Lottery takes place Tuesday and will determine the order of the first 15 picks in the first round.
Three teams will be selected in the lottery to draft No. 1, No. 2 and No. 3 overall.
The remaining teams, spots No. 4-15, are awarded in inverse order of regular-season points. The results of the lottery and the final draft order will be revealed in an hour-long telecast.
How to Watch
- NHL Draft Lottery Drawing
- Tuesday, April 9 at 5 p.m.
- TV: NBCSN
- Online: NBC Sports App
By virtue of finishing 30th overall, the LA Kings have guaranteed themselves no worse than the fifth overall pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.
The Kings have a 13.5 percent chance at winning the lottery and being awarded the No. 1 pick and a 38.8 percent at a top three pick. The full odds for each of the 15 teams eligible to win are listed below.
LA Kings Draft Odds
|Draft Position |
Colorado Avalanche (via OTT)
New Jersey Devils
Detroit Red Wings
New York Rangers
As each of the first three spots is determined, the odds for the remaining clubs will increase on a proportionate basis for the remaining lottery spots. The lottery only impacts the order of the first round, and the Kings will have the second pick in each of the subsequent draft rounds (2-7).
Hughes is probably the most recognizable name amongst the prospects eligible to be drafted in June but there are a handful of players that round out the top prospect lists.
The 6'2 Finnish forward spent the 2018-19 season playing professional hockey for TPS in Finland's LIIGA. Scoring 22 goals and 38 points against more experienced players he is considered a consensus top two pick in the upcoming draft. "Kakko excels offensively and beats opponents with smarts and skill both on and off the puck," said NHL.com's Matias Strozyk.
Currently ranked third overall by a number of publications, the 6'1 winger is signed to SKA St. Petersberg of the KHL through the 2020-21 season, but is considered "a complete winger with all the qualities that you want in a player," per TSN's Craig Button.
The highest rated defenseman available in the draft, Byram has been compared to Kings defenseman Drew Doughty and "controls the game, plays with swagger, is smart and skilled, plays in all situations, doesn't panic with the puck, good support of his partner," according to ISS Hockey.
Compared to Jeff Carter, by Lethbridge Hurricanes play by play announcer Dustin Forbes, Cozens hopes to become the first NHL player from the Yukon since 1981 and the first to play more than six games.
At 6 p.m., immediately following the Draft Lottery, Rob Brender (Sirius XM Sports) and Jesse Cohen (All the Kings Men Podcast) will be hosting a live Draft Lottery Recap show on the LA Kings Audio Network.
Brender and Cohen will be joined by familiar faces in the Kings family and discuss the Kings draft position, players likely to be available as well as the rest of the Kings news from the past week.