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2016 NHL Draft Lottery Cheat Sheet

by Craig Medaglia / Ottawa Senators

Here's everything you need to know as the Sens look to beat the odds in 2016 NHL Draft Lottery that takes place this Saturday.

WHEN

The Draft Lottery is set to take place this Saturday (April 30th) at 7 p.m. ET.

WHERE TO WATCH

The lottery will be televised on CBC starting at 7 p.m. prior to a second-round series playoff game from the Hockey Central studio in downtown Toronto.

HOW IT WORKS

This is where it gets interesting.

For the first time ever there will actually be 3 separate lotteries taking place this Saturday to award the first, second and third overall selections.

Why move to this system?

"This year, by picking the first three teams by virtue of lottery, we're trying to dull any incentive for any team to finish lower in the standings." - NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly

To get a better idea of how everything works (or to waste about 10 minutes of your day), check out this fan-made Draft Lottery simulator.

ODDS

Taking into consideration all possible outcomes of the Draft Lottery, the Sens will end up with one of the following picks: #1, #2, #3, #12, #13 or #14. Here's how the Sens' odds break down for obtaining each selection...

  • 1st overall: 2.5%
  • 2nd overall: 2.7%
  • 3rd overall: 3%
  • 12th overall: 82.3%
  • 13th overall: 9.3%
  • 14th overall: 0.01%

Now here's a look at the odds for all 14 teams involved in the Draft Lottery:

WHO TO GET EXCITED FOR

The big prize in this year's Draft Lottery is American forward Auston Matthews (pictured above) who spent last season playing for the ZSC Lions in the top league in Switzerland. Matthews has been described as a franchise centre and tops nearly all of the pre-Draft rankings that are available. While he's been the consensus #1 all year, there are a pair of Finns that could be enticing in spots #2 and #3.

Finnish winger Jesse Puljujarvi was named tournament MVP at the 2016 World Juniors after scoring with 17 points in 7 games and leading Finland to gold on home-ice while his countryman Patrick Laine was equally as impressive netting a goal and an assist in the championship game against Russia.

Here's a look at the top 15 players ranked by ISS from earlier this month...

1. Auston Matthews (C)

2. Jesse Puljujarvi (RW)

3. Patrik Laine (LW)

4. Alexander Nylander (RW)

5. Pierre-Luc Dubois (LW)

6. Matthew Tkachuk (LW)

7. Jakob Chychrun (LD)

8. Mikhail Sergachev (RD)

9. Michael McLeod (C)

10. Olli Juolevi (LD)

11. Logan Brown (C)

12. Clayton Keller (C)

13. Max Jones (LW)

14. German Rubtsov (C)

15. Jake Bean (LD)

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