We already knew the National Hockey League Draft lottery would be held on Saturday night, and now we have more details. And to be quite blunt and honest, they are absolutely ridiculous.
In the previous seasons, the NHL Draft lottery has always been held on a Saturday during the postseason, where the teams that did not clinch a playoff spot and their fan base await for NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly to get the little balls out of the box and reveal with a huge enveloppe who will pick first. The lottery has always taken place before the Saturday evening game, right before most of the fans settle down in their sofa to watch two teams battle for a spot in the final.
While there are still similarities with this format, NHL insider Bob McKenzie has just revealed some new adjustments - and they seem just weird.
The Draft Lottery will start at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time on CBC, Sportsnet and can also be streamed online on Sportsnet Now in Canada. The lottery will be presented on NBC in the United States.
Now, hear this: picks 15-4 will be unveiled before the Vegas Golden Knights-San Jose Sharks game that begins at 8:00 p.m. The three teams that make it through will have to wait until the second intermission to know where they will select as that is when the results will be unveiled for the top three selections.
This is perhaps an attempt to draw out more drama and suspense for this annual event, but it also seems somewhat cruel. However, as McKenzie points out: "I suppose we should be happy they aren’t doing one pick a day for two weeks."
The race for Rasmus Dahlin, the presumptive No. 1 pick in June's entry draft, will reach the finish line then with the Buffalo Sabres, Ottawa Senators and Arizona Coyotes the best odds to win the No. 1 overall pick and the opportunity select the young Swedish defenseman phenom to push a rebuilding process forward in these organizations. This year, the NHL and NHLPA agreed to a slight increase in lottery percentages for bottom teams to win the No. 1 overall pick.
The 2018 NHL Draft begins June 22 in Dallas. Rounds 2-7 will be held June 23.