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August 10, 2020

Rangers win NHL Draft Lottery, will select No. 1 in 2020

The New York Rangers won the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft in the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday.

The Rangers were one of eight teams that had a 12.5 percent chance of winning the first overall pick after being eliminated from the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Each of those teams had the opportunity after placeholder ‘Team E’ won the initial NHL Draft Lottery on June 26.

Alexis Lafreniere of the Rimouski Oceanic is the consensus top pick for the 2020 draft.

New York selected right wing Kappo Kaako with the No. 2 pick in the 2019 NHL Draft.

The Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Pittsburgh Penguins, Toronto Maple Leafs and Winnipeg Jets were the other teams in the Second Phase. They will select with picks No. 9-15, arranged by points percentage from the regular season.

Picks No. 2-8 were established in the First Phase. The Los Angeles Kings moved up to the No. 2 pick in the initial lottery, and the Ottawa Senators, via a pick from the San Jose Sharks, hold the No. 3 pick. The Detroit Red Wings with draft with the No. 4 pick and the Senators will select again at No. 5.

The Anaheim Ducks will draft No. 6, the New Jersey Devils will draft No. 7, the Buffalo Sabres will draft No. 8, the Minnesota Wild will draft No. 9 and the Winnipeg Jets will round out the top 10.

The 2020 NHL Draft is scheduled for Oct. 9 and 10. It was originally scheduled for June 26-27 in Montreal but was postponed due to concerns surrounding the coronavirus.

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