NHL Draft lottery live results: Tracking the 2020 draft pick order from Phase 1 drawing

Alexis Lafreniere is the consensus crown jewel of the 2020 NHL Draft. The only things still up in the air are the date the draft will take place, which remains undecided pending the conclusion of the 2019-20 season, and the team that wins the right to sprint to the virtual podium and call Lafreniere’s name with the No. 1 overall pick.

The latter should be determined Friday through Phase 1 of the NHL’s lottery drawing for the top three selections in the 2020 draft.

The Red Wings, Senators (two picks, one courtesy of the Sharks), Kings, Ducks, Devils and Sabres won’t resume their seasons as part of the NHL’s return-to-play plans and thus posses the best odds to win one of Friday’s three drawings. But we say should be determined because there is a nonzero chance a team outside that bottom seven jumps the group, necessitating a Phase 2 lottery drawing.

There are eight unassigned “placeholder” slots that will also factor in to the drawing. Those placeholders represent the teams that will participate in the qualifying round of the playoffs, whenever that takes place. Should one of them pull a top-three ping pong ball, a second lottery drawing will be held at a later date involving only those eight teams to finalize the 2020 draft order.

Got all that? Let’s hope it doesn’t come to chaos, but if it does, you can read more about that overly confusing Phase 2 process here.

In the meantime, here are the odds and everything else to know about the 2020 NHL Draft lottery, including the complete results updated live as the Phase 1 drawing is revealed.

NHL Draft lottery odds 2020

Below are the odds for each Phase 1 team to win the No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NHL Draft lottery.

An updated order of picks will be added following the lottery results.

1. Detroit Red Wings .275 18.5%
2. Ottawa Senators .437 13.5
3. Ottawa Senators (via SJS) .437 11.5
4. Los Angeles Kings .457 9.5
5. Anaheim Ducks .472 8.5 
6. New Jersey Devils .493* 7.5
7. Buffalo Sabres .493* 6.5
8. Team A n/a 6.0
9. Team B n/a 5.0
10. Team C n/a 3.5
11. Team D n/a 3.0
12. Team E n/a 2.5
13. Team F n/a 2.0
14. Team G n/a 1.5
15. Team H n/a 1.0

*Note: The Sabres ranked higher than New Devils on the basis of higher regulation/OT win percentage (Buffalo, .406 ROW%; New Jersey, .348 ROW%)

NHL Draft lottery start time

  • Date: Friday, June 26
  • Time: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
  • TV channel: NBCSN (U.S.) | Sportsnet (Canada)

Phase 1 of the NHL Draft lottery drawing will take place at 8 p.m. ET on June 26. NBC Sports will broadcast the drawing live in the United States followed by a half-hour special of NHL Live. For viewers in Canada, the drawing can be seen on Sportsnet.

How will Phase 2 of the NHL Draft lottery work?

If necessary, a second lottery drawing will be held on a yet-to-be-determined date between the qualifying and first rounds of the 2020 NHL playoffs.

Here are the rules of the Phase 2 lottery drawing, per the NHL:

  • Phase 2 participants will include all eight teams that do not advance from the Qualifying Round (or the teams that have
  • acquired their first-round picks).
  • In each Phase 2 draw, all participants will have the same odds.
  • Following each Phase 2 draw, the winning team will be assigned the corresponding top three selection in the 2020 NHL Draft and, if another Phase 2 draw is necessary, that team’s numbered lottery ball will be removed.
  • When all Phase 1 and Phase 2 draws are completed and the top three selections in the 2020 NHL Draft have been awarded, the remaining selections in the top 15 will be assigned to the 12 teams that did not win a draw, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the pause in the regular season.