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The New York Rangers won the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery on Monday night. The NHL will conduct a virtual draft online on Tuesday, October 6. A mystery team that lost in the Stanley Cup Qualifying round won phase one of the lottery on June 26 since they did not technically make the first round.
The first overall pick in the draft is expected to be forward Alexis Lafreniere, who recorded 35 goals, 112 points, and a +41 rating in 52 games with the QJMHL’s Rimouski Oceanic this past season. To view the 2020 NHL Draft rankings according to NHL.com, click here.
The 18-year-old joined Pittsburgh Penguins captain Sidney Crosby as the only two-time winner of the Canadian Hockey League David Branch Player of the Year Award earlier this season.
Each of the eight teams in the lottery on Monday had a 12.5% chance of winning.
The Rangers fell to the Carolina Hurricanes in three games of the qualifying round last week and finished the season 10th in the Eastern Conference with 79 points. They picked forward Kaapo Kakko second overall in the 2019 NHL Draft. The Rangers were already fifth in the NHL with an average of 3.33 goals-per-game this past season.
Since the Toronto Maple Leafs did not win the lottery, the 13th overall pick goes to the Hurricanes as part of the trade that sent forward Patrick Marleau to Carolina last June.
The order of the first 15 picks can be found below:
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose)
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. New Jersey Devils
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Minnesota Wild
10. Winnipeg Jets
11. Nashville Predators
12. Florida Panthers
13. Hurricanes (from Maple Leafs)
14. Edmonton Oilers
15. Minnesota Wild or Pittsburgh Penguins
* To be determined in NHL Draft Lottery Phase 2
By Harrison Brown
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The @NYRangers hold the No. 1 pick in the 2020 #NHLDraft. They have made the No. 1 selection once in Draft history (Andre Veilleux in 1965) but will have the opportunity to do so for the first time since the universal draft was adopted in 1969 (all eligible juniors available).