2022 NHL Draft Lottery: What to know as a Red Wings fan

2022 NHL Draft Lottery: What to know as a Red Wings fan

There are only three certainties in life: death, taxes and the Red Wings not earning points in the draft lottery. That being said, the most disappointing day as a Red Wings fan is upon us. The 2022 NHL Draft lottery approaches Tuesday, May 10 as ping-pong balls decide who gets to draft Canadian center Shane Wright, the consensus top prospect in this year’s draft.

This year marks the second year of the new raffle format which ended the chaos of the previous format. Only two ping pong balls will be drawn as they will decide who picks first and second overall respectively. A team can also only jump a maximum of ten places if drawn, which means that no team close to the playoffs will choose from the top two, even if they win.

The Red Wings enter the draft lottery with the eighth-best odds at 6.0% to secure the first overall pick. If the Red Wings win the first or second overall pick, it would be the first time the lottery has helped them earn draft spots in team history. It would also only be the second time a Detroit franchise has won lottery spots with its own pick in history (Pistons, 2021).

Teams with higher odds than the Red Wings are; Montreal Canadiens (18.5% chance of getting the first overall pick), Arizona Coyotes (13.5%), Seattle Kraken (11.5%), Philadelphia Flyers ( 9.5%), New Jersey Devils (8.5%), Chicago Blackhawks (7.5%) and Ottawa Senators (6.5%). The Red Wings could choose to be as low as tenth overall after all is said and done.

The NHL Draft Lottery will take place at 6:30 p.m. on ESPN and ESPN+ in the United States as well as the Sportsnet family of networks in Canada. Make sure you don’t have expectations so you won’t be disappointed when the Red Wings don’t win the lottery.

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