We should have known better.
Every year, Canucks fans find a way to forget the cursed nature of the franchise they love so dearly. Every year, they find some semblance of hope and belief.
‘Maybe they’ll win first overall!’
‘Maybe this year will be different.’
‘Maybe they’ll get a top three draft pick.’
‘Whatever, as long as they don’t drop again.’
I am a:
🔘 Canucks fan
🔘 Draft lottery luck 🙏
— #LeagueIsRigged (@CanuckSkate) April 9, 2019
This year, at the encouragement of TSN 1040, fans came prepared with lucky charms.
The Canucks have turned us all into lunatics pic.twitter.com/yDWJsdVPcS
— Jason Brough (@JasonBroughTSN) April 9, 2019
While others looked to a higher power…
— Clay Imoo (@CanuckClay) April 10, 2019
Former Canucks goalie Eddie Lack got it half right…
Oilers winning the lottery. You heard it here first. Oh and sorry canucks fans you’ve been great at drafting last few years but you’re terrible at this lottery thing😂
— Eddie Lack🇸🇪 (@eddielack) April 10, 2019
And here we are.
The Canucks dropped in the draft lottery for a fourth year in a row, the only NHL team that holds that distinction since the league began deciding the first three picks with a game of chance in 2016.
Part of that has to do with the fact that most teams aren’t in the draft lottery every year. Most teams find a way into the playoffs every now and then.
Though the Canucks were unlikely to move up (they had a 16% chance to move into a top three spot), unlike previous years, they were also unlikely to move down.
- Canucks can't beat draft lottery odds, drop to 10th
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Vancouver had a 48.8% chance of holding the ninth spot, but dropped down to 10th because Chicago vaulted ahead of them from No. 12 to No. 3. Yes, those are the same Blackhawks who missed the playoffs for the first time in forever after being one of the most successful franchises in the league over the past decade.
It was enough for even the Canucks’ official Twitter account to get sassy.
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) April 10, 2019
I bet New Jersey would have offered more for Taylor Hall if they knew he was going to bring his draft lottery luck with him from Edmonton. He’s two-for-two with the Devils.
They talk about Gretzky’s 92 goals or Sittler’s 10 pts in one game as records that may never be broken. But winning 5 draft lotteries in your first 9 years in the league? In 2 different draft lottery eras, no less. That is a record that will stand forever.
— Taylor Hall (@hallsy09) April 10, 2019
Well, here’s the rest of the reactions from Canucks Nation. Warning: it wasn’t pretty:
WTF. THIS DRAFT LOTTERY. PISSES ME OFF. #Canucks
— EpicSalty (@ieatalotofrice) April 10, 2019
EVERY YEAR THE CANUCKS SLIP IN THE LOTTERY WTF
— Luka (@luka_305) April 10, 2019
Why do we as @Canucks fans ever get our lottery hopes up?
— ZL (@AuzzyEll) April 10, 2019
ANNNNNND WE'VE BEEN ABSOLUTELY FUCKED YET AGAIN!!! #Canucks WHAT A FUCKING JOKE…… I FUCKING HATE THE LOTTERY SO SO SO SO MUCH…
— Devon Mclean (@DMclean154) April 10, 2019
The @Canucks once again slipped in the draft lottery, from 9th ➡️ 10th overall.
Canucks and slipping in the draft lottery. Name a better duo. I'll wait. #DraftLottery
— Justin Simpao (@Jamalrus) April 10, 2019
This lottery thing is never ever going to go the #Canucks way 😡. The hockey gods did not listen to my plea 👎🏾
— Victor Sum (@sumdeviant) April 10, 2019
This is so rigged. What the hell. We never win. The graphic was real. I hate this shit so much. #Canucks
— Judd Brackett is underrated (@JuddBrackett_1) April 10, 2019
Death, taxes and crying myself to sleep after the draft lottery.
— Dave (@YLWNucksFan) April 10, 2019
I DO NOT WANT TO HEAR ANYMORE OF THAT TANK BULLSHIT !!!
— Rob Sampare Brotchie (@canucker101) April 10, 2019
Being a Canucks fan is Very Cool in my opinion and I'm Okay with everything pic.twitter.com/PU2uFsDX0W
— Corduroy Orbison (@_Proto) April 10, 2019
— 𝐢𝐀𝐦𝐢𝐭𝐊𝐡𝐚𝐧𝐧𝐚 (@iAmitKhanna) April 10, 2019
im so mad about the hawks. like the canucks ! the fucking canucks !!!!!!!! deserve that. they're ass and they've been rebuilding. and a team that literally jUST stopped making the playoffs is gonna get the 3rd pick? rigged
— x – andrea (@kuznuts0v) April 10, 2019
NHL draft order
— Peter (@Peteisneat) April 10, 2019
— Robby (@Dosange) April 10, 2019