The hockey gods didn’t smile on Vancouver for another year.
Despite having the sixth-best odds (7.5%) to win the first overall pick, and a 23.3% chance at one of the top three picks, probability wasn’t on Vancouver’s side.
Here’s the order so far:
15. Florida Panthers
14. Philadelphia Flyers (from St. Louis Blues as part of the Brayden Schenn trade)
13. Dallas Stars
12. New York Islanders (from Calgary Flames as part of the Travis Hamonic trade)
11. New York Islanders
10. Edmonton Oilers
9. New York Rangers
8. Chicago Blackhawks
7. Vancouver Canucks
6. Detroit Red Wings
5. Arizona Coyotes
4. Ottawa Senators
Montreal Canadiens, Buffalo Sabres, and Carolina Hurricanes will get the top three picks. Those will be announced during the second intermission of tonight’s San Jose vs. Vegas game, thanks to the NHL’s new Draft Lottery format.
1) Canucks still have a great chance at a good player
2) Canucks will never win anything ever because we’re not allowed to have nice things
3) At least Edmonton didn’t get first
— Wyatt Arndt (@TheStanchion) April 28, 2018
— Kai Kuypers (@echurchfankai98) April 28, 2018
— Brendan Kroeker (@bkroeker71) April 29, 2018