In a year where the strangest outcomes are the most common, the final NHL Draft Lottery draw ended up awarding a fairly deserving team.
Get ready to see Alexis Lafreniere in a New York Rangers jersey next season.
While New York did get into the qualifying tournament, they’re still building up to better days. By points percentage, New York finished 11th in the Eastern Conference and 18th in the league. Of the eight teams involved in the Phase 2 lottery, only Winnipeg and Minnesota finished lower. Had the season not been paused due to COVID-19, it’s likely New York would have been in the lottery.
At least the first overall pick didn’t go straight to a Cup contender.
Here’s how the quick reveal unfolded.