Between the Panthers, Leafs, Bruins, and Lightning we’re getting a taste of just how tough the Atlantic Division is in the playoffs. Of course there’s another side of the division and they are getting their time at 6:30pm ET on Tuesday with the draft lottery. Between the Canadiens, Red Wings, Senators, and Sabres there is a 38.3% chance that the top pick will be made by an Atlantic DIvision team, with Montreal having the best shot at it, with 18.5% odds of winning it themselves, but more accurately 19.7% odds of picking first overall when you factor in that teams can only move up a maximum of ten spots this year.
Here’s the breakdown of the odds, and the new rules from the NHL:
The NHL announced changes to the Draft Lottery format on March 23, 2021. Among the changes taking effect this season, there will be a limit on the total number of selections (10) a team participating in the Draft Lottery can “move up” in the event it wins one of the Lottery Draws. Thus, only the top 11 seeds will be eligible to receive the first overall selection in the 2022 NHL Draft.
The allocation of odds for the 1st Lottery Draw of the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery is as follows:
Draft Lottery Participants Odds
Montreal Canadiens 18.5%
Arizona Coyotes 13.5%
Seattle Kraken 11.5%
Author: Jon Steitzer / The Leafs Nation