Say hello to PLACEHOLDER TEAM, Alexis Lafreniere.
Instead of one of the seven teams eliminated from contention this season, the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft belongs to one of the 16 teams that will compete for the final eight spots in the Stanley Cup playoffs bracket.
There will be a second lottery (or Phase 2) to determine which team wins the right to the No. 1 overall selection — and in all likelihood Lafreniere — once the play-in round is completed as part of the NHL’s return-to-play plan. The eight losing teams from the opening round of the playoffs will each have a 12.5 percent chance of winning the top selection as a built-in consolation prize.
Here’s a run down of the top eight selections:
1) Placeholder team
2) Los Angeles Kings
3) Ottawa Senators
4) Detroit Red Wings
5) Ottawa Senators
6) Anaheim Ducks
7) New Jersey Devils
8) Buffalo Sabres
More to come.
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