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2021 NHL Draft Lottery to take place tonight

by Matt Tidcombe @matttidcombe

The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery will take place tonight at the NHL Network's Secaucus, N.J., studio.

The Senators have the 10th best odds of getting the no.1 overall pick at 4.5 per cent and have a 9.3 per cent chance of getting the first or second overall pick. 

Recently, the NHL's Central Scouting announced its final ranking of skaters and goaltenders for the 2021 NHL Draft. 

The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery will consist of two drawings: the 1st Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the 2nd Lottery Draw will determine the club selecting second overall.

Participants in the Draft Lottery include the expansion Seattle Kraken, who begin play in the 2021-22 season, and all Clubs that did not qualify for this season's Stanley Cup Playoffs.

The Kraken enter the Draft Lottery as the No. 3 seed and owning the exact same lottery odds as the No. 4 seed (the team finishing the regular season with the third-worst regular-season record), mirroring the status of the Vegas Golden Knights entering their inaugural Draft Lottery participation in 2017. The Kraken will be guaranteed no lower than the fifth overall selection.

Seed - Team - Odds
1   Buffalo Sabres - 16.6%
2   Anaheim Ducks - 12.1%
3   Seattle Kraken * - 10.3%
4   New Jersey Devils -10.3%
5   Columbus Blue Jackets - 8.5%
6   Detroit Red Wings - 7.6%
7   San Jose Sharks - 6.7%
8   Los Angeles Kings - 5.8%
9   Vancouver Canucks - 5.4%
10   Ottawa Senators - 4.5%
11   Arizona Coyotes ** - 3.1%
12   Chicago Blackhawks - 2.7%
13   Calgary Flames - 2.2%
14   Philadelphia Flyers -1.8%
15   Dallas Stars -1.4%
16   New York Rangers -1.0%

* Seattle Kraken assigned No. 3 seed with same lottery odds as No. 4 seed (10.3%)

** NHL announced forfeiture of Arizona Coyotes' 1st-round pick in 2021 NHL Draft in sanctions announced Aug. 26, 2020. Arizona being selected in either Lottery Draw will result in a re-draw.

The odds for the remaining teams will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery Draw, based on which club wins the 1st Lottery Draw.

The 14 clubs not selected in the Draft Lottery will be assigned NHL Draft selections 3 through 16, in inverse order of regular-season points.

Tonight's NHL Draft Lottery can be seen live on Sportsnet at 7 p.m.

The 2021 NHL Draft will be held virtually over two days. Round 1 will take place on Friday, July 23, followed by Rounds 2-7 on Saturday, July 24.

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