Draft Lottery: Low probability that the Florida Panthers can grab Jack Hughes or Kaapo Kakko

Cats look to climb from 13 into the top 3

The  2019 NHL Draft Lottery takes place tonight in Toronto. Our Florida Panthers will be looking to build on yesterday’s hiring of three-time Stanley Cup-winning coach Joel Quenneville with a win that will vault them from 13th in the first round up into the top three, where the likes of Jack Hughes, Kaapo Kakko, Vasili Podkolzin, Bowen Byram, and Kirby Dach await.

The lottery will consist of three drawings: the first draw will determine the club selecting first overall, the second draw will determine the club selecting second overall and the third draw will determine the club selecting third overall.

The odds for the first draw are as follows:

  1. Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa) 18.5%
  2. Los Angeles Kings 13.5%
  3. New Jersey Devils 11.5%
  4. Detroit Red Wings 9.5%
  5. Buffalo Sabres 8.5%
  6. New York Rangers 7.5%
  7. Edmonton Oilers 6.5%
  8. Anaheim Ducks 6.0%
  9. Vancouver Canucks 5.0%
  10. Philadelphia Flyers 3.5%
  11. Minnesota Wild 3.0%
  12. Chicago Blackhawks 2.5%
  13. Florida Panthers 2.0%
  14. Arizona Coyotes 1.5%
  15. Montreal Canadiens 1.0%

Here is a complete breakdown to land each of the top picks for the 15 teams in the lottery:

There is a 93.4% chance the Panthers will stay at 13. The Cats can get bumped down to 14th or 15th if the Arizona Coyotes and/or Montreal Canadiens move up into the top three picks.

The results of the Draft Lottery will be revealed live by national rights holders NBCSN, SportsNet and TVA Sports during a one-hour show beginning at 8 p.m.