2024 NHL Draft Lottery: Breaking down the date, odds, and location details

Here's everything that you need to know about 2014 NHL draft lottery

The excitement in the hockey world is palpable as the 2024 NHL draft lottery approaches. The 2024 NHL draft lottery, crucial for teams seeking top talent for the future, is set to take place on Tuesday, May 7. Let's delve into the key details, including the dates, odds and what fans can anticipate.

Event Details

  • Date: Tuesday, May 7
  • Venue: NHL Network’s studio in Secaucus, New Jersey
  • Watch on: ESPN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports

The 2024 NHL draft lottery will take place at NHL Network’s studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. Fans can catch the action live on ESPN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports, with the specific time set to be announced shortly. This event is pivotal as it determines the order of selection for the first 16 picks in the upcoming 2024 NHL draft.

Changes in the format of the NHL draft lottery

It's essential to note the changes made to the draft lottery format in 2022. Among these changes is a limit on how many selections a team can "move up" in the event of winning a lottery draw. With a cap of 10 selections, only the top 11 seeds will be eligible to receive the coveted first overall pick.

2024 NHL draft lottery: Odds and participants

The odds for each team in the draft lottery are based on its regular-season performance, with the teams that didn't qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs being the participants. Here's a breakdown of the odds for the first lottery draw:

  1. San Jose Sharks - 18.5%
  2. Chicago Blackhawks - 13.5%
  3. Anaheim Ducks - 11.5%
  4. Columbus Blue Jackets - 9.5%
  5. Montreal Canadiens - 8.5%
  6. Utah - 7.5%
  7. Ottawa Senators - 6.5%
  8. Seattle Kraken - 6.0%
  9. Calgary Flames - 5.0%
  10. New Jersey Devils - 3.5%
  11. Buffalo Sabres - 3.0%
  12. Philadelphia Flyers - 2.5%
  13. Minnesota Wild - 2.0%
  14. Pittsburgh Penguins - 1.5%
  15. Detroit Red Wings - 0.5%
  16. St. Louis Blues - 0.5%

Additionally, the Pittsburgh Penguins have a unique situation due to a trade, potentially impacting their first-round draft pick for either 2024 or 2025.

Top draft prospects

The anticipation isn't limited to the draft lottery alone. NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the 2024 NHL draft, highlighting standout prospects.

Macklin Celebrini from Boston University leads the North America-based skaters, while Anton Silayev from Nizhny Novgorod tops the Europe-based skaters' list. These rankings add to the excitement and speculation surrounding the upcoming draft.

Timeline after NHL draft lottery

After the draft lottery, teams will shift their focus to the 2024 NHL scouting combine, which will take place from June 2-8 in Buffalo, New York.

This event offers teams the chance to further evaluate and assess draft-eligible prospects, laying the groundwork for informed draft decisions.

Stay tuned for updates as the countdown to May 7 continues.

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