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‘Team placeholder’ secures No. 1 selection in NHL Draft

BOISBRIAND, QC - NOVEMBER 23: Alexis Lafreniere #11 of the Rimouski Oceanic looks on during the warm-up against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada prior to the QMJHL game at Centre d'Excellence Sports Rousseau on November 23, 2018 in Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada. The Rimouski Oceanic defeated the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)BOISBRIAND, QC - NOVEMBER 23: Alexis Lafreniere #11 of the Rimouski Oceanic looks on during the warm-up against the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada prior to the QMJHL game at Centre d'Excellence Sports Rousseau on November 23, 2018 in Boisbriand, Quebec, Canada. The Rimouski Oceanic defeated the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada 3-2. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)
Alexis Lafreniere must wait. (Photo by Minas Panagiotakis/Getty Images)

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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