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Understanding the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery

. the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery takes place this Friday night

The NHL Draft Lottery takes place this Friday at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT.

It will not be your typical draft lottery as the league shut down in mid-March and is laying the groundwork for a restart to the season in mid-July.

Under normal circumstances, the 15 teams that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs would be entered into a weighted draw to determine the first three picks. Those odds are assigned based on the club’s regular season records. Since there were a staggered amount of games played at the time of the shutdown and Stanley Cup Qualifiers for some teams, it is not as cut and dry for this year.

The top four teams in each conference, based on points percentage, will automatically make the playoffs. The following eight teams in each conference will be matched up against each other in Stanley Cup Qualifiers. The four winners will advance to the official NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs, while the four losing clubs will get added to the lottery.

Since these games are set to play in a few weeks, it begs the question of how this lottery will work on Friday night?

The seven teams that do not qualify for the Stanley Cup Qualifiers are entered into the lottery and are assigned in the order based on their point-percentages. There are eight placeholders, labeled Team A through Team H, that occupy the eight through fifteenth odds for the team that lose the Stanley Cup Qualifiers.

It will not be your typical draft lottery as the league shut down in mid-March and is laying the groundwork for a restart to the season in mid-July. ]]>