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May 3, 2023

NHL announces time change for 2023 NHL Draft Lottery

Connor Bedard is going to have to wait an extra hour to find out his NHL fate.

The National Hockey League has announced a time change for the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery, moving the draw back an hour to 8 pm ET/5 pm PT on Monday, May 8 at at NHL Network’s Secaucus, New Jersey.

The draft lottery will be broadcast on ESPN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports.

Bedard is the consensus No. 1 pick for the 2023 draft. He led all NHL Draft eligible skaters with 143 points (71 goals, 72 assists) in 57 games with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League.

The Anaheim Ducks, by way of a 23-47-12 record for a .354 points percentage after losing 13 straight to end the 2022-23 campaign, hold the draft lottery’s best odds at nabbing Bedard at 25.5%. The Columbus Blue Jackets, at 25-48-9 and a .360 points percentage, rank second at 13.5%. The Chicago Blackhawks have the third-best odds at 11.5% after struggling to the tune of a 26-49-7 record for a .360 points percentage.

Under recently-altered draft lottery rules, a team may move up a maximum of 10 spots from their finishing position. That means a team like the Calgary Flames, who have the words odds of a lottery win at just a 0.5%, can only jump to sixth — and out of the Bedard sweepstakes.

Here’s who can claim the No. 1 spot and the right to draft Bedard:

RNK TEAM RECORD POINTS % ODDS
1 Anaheim Ducks 23-47-12 .354 25.5%
2 Columbus Blue Jackets 25-48-9 .360 13.5%
3 Chicago Blackhawks 26-49-7 .360 11.5%
4 San Jose Sharks 22-44-16 .366 9.5%
5 Montreal Canadiens 31-45-6 .415 8.5%
6 Arizona Coyotes 28-40-14 .427 7.5%
7 Philadelphia Flyers 31-38-13 .457 6.5%
8 Washington Capitals 35-37-10 .488 6.0%
9 Detroit Red Wings 35-37-10 .488 5.0%
10 St. Louis Blues 37-38-7 .494 3.5%
11 Vancouver Canucks 37-37-7 .500 3.0%

The first round of the 2023 draft will be held Wednesday, June 28 with rounds two through seven set for Thursday, June 29.


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