With just 71 points this season, this was one of the worst seasons in Montreal Canadiens franchise history.
But after 82 games of darkness, there’s a light at the end of the tunnel for Habs fans.
The NHL Draft Lottery will take place April 28 in Toronto, and the Canadiens have the fourth-best odds this year.
The Canadiens have just a 9.5% chance at winning the lottery, which would give them the chance to select the consensus No. 1 pick, Swedish defenceman Rasmus Dahlin. They’ve got a 28.8% shot at winning one of the top-three picks.
But as the odds below show, the most likely scenario involves Montreal dropping from fourth spot.
Now that this year's lottery probabilities are finally available (https://t.co/n5L9LjUzAV, thanks to @frank_seravalli for the link) I've worked out the chances for every pick for every finishing spot.https://t.co/xKnAd2K5XO pic.twitter.com/z7QPDaYrim
— Micah Blake McCurdy (@IneffectiveMath) March 27, 2018
Here are the Canadiens’ odds for each pick:
- 1st overall: 9.5%
- 2nd overall: 9.6%
- 3rd overall: 9.7%
- 4th overall: 2.8%
- 5th overall: 26.1%
- 6th overall: 34.0%
- 7th overall: 8.3%