Sportsnet Coverage: 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, First Phase

The team that will draft first overall in 2020 is still to be determined, as one of the eight play-in teams beat out the Los Angeles Kings and Ottawa Senators in the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery.

The 2020 NHL Draft Lottery will come in two phases this year after the first saw a placeholder team awarded the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft. Here is a full collection of Sportsnet’s coverage of the Draft Lottery.

Winners and losers from First Phase of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery
The First Phase of the Draft Lottery was about as chaotic as could be, with a number of unexpected changes in the expected draft order — most notably, the No. 1 pick still hanging in the balance. How do these results impact the clubs with the most on the line?
Rory Boylen breaks down the winners and losers of the First Phase

Brian Burke weighs in on ‘crazy’ 2020 NHL Draft lottery | Instant Analysis
David Amber checks in with Brian Burke to discuss the shocking outcome of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, which teams were his biggest losers, and why he believes the results reflect poorly on the NHL. Watch below:

NHL Top 8 Mock Draft: Surprise lottery creates interesting scenarios
With so much uncertainty due to the COVID-19 pandemic, things may very well change between now and when the draft actually takes place. But at first glance after the Draft Lottery, here’s how Sam Cosentino predicts the first eight picks will go.
Read the full top-eight projection here

Senators lose Lafreniere sweepstakes, but enticing draft options remain
The Ottawa Senators had the biggest to potentially gain on Draft Lottery day, with the prospect of walking away with picks Nos. 1 and 2. They wind up at Nos. 3 and 5 instead — a setback, but still a chance to add some elite talent. Who are the most enticing options likely to be available?
Wayne Scanlan breaks them all down

Everything you need to know about the Second Phase of the 2020 Draft Lottery
With a placeholder team set to draft first overall at the 2020 NHL Draft, one of the losing teams in the league’s qualifying round will have a chance to add Alexis Lafreniere. Where do we go from here? And what happens if the league is unable to return to play?
Here’s all you need to know about the Second Phase of the lottery

Despite losing lottery, Dorion still excited about Senators draft positions
Despite the Senators not winning the first-overall pick, Senators GM Pierre Dorion explained on In Conversation why he’s still excited about the opportunity to draft two players in the top five in 2020. Watch below:

Twitter Reaction: Placeholder team win brings chaos to 2020 draft order
After most expected Friday to be a day of celebration for the Senators, the hockey was instead gifted yet another shocking plot twist in 2020. Needless to say, the Twitterverse had plenty of thoughts on how it all went down.
Here’s the best of social media’s reaction to the lottery results

#Ask31: Would Senators GM Dorion trade picks No. 3, 5 for first overall?
Fresh off the news of the Draft Lottery results, Senators GM Pierre Dorion joined Elliotte Friedman and Jeff Marek on #Ask31 to share his thoughts on the event, and whether Ottawa would consider trading any of their current picks. Watch below:

NHL Draft Lottery Blog: Mystery team wins No. 1 pick as chaos reigns
It was an intriguing evening from the very first moment, when Bill Daly announced a placeholder squad would be somewhere within the selection order. Re-live the evening with Luke Fox’s Draft Lottery Live Blog, capturing the best news and reaction as the night played out.
Visit the full Draft Lottery Live Blog here

Sam Cosentino’s Top 31 Draft Prospect Rankings: Lottery Edition
Alexis Lafreniere has long been projected as the top pick, but who will go second? When will the first defenceman go? And how high will we see a goalie get selected in the first round? Cosentino shares his latest rankings of the top prospects for the 2020 NHL Draft.
Read the full list

Prospects Of Interest: Information on the top three projected picks this year

Alexis Lafreniere: Only the second player to win back-to-back CHL Player of the Year honours (the other being Sidney Crosby), Lafreniere has been the consensus No. 1 overall pick for some time. He dominated not only the QMJHL, but showed well at the WJC this season as well.
Read more about Lafreniere here

Quinton Byfield: A 6-foot-4, 215-pound centre, Byfield projects incredibly well at the next level and the exciting part is that there’s still plenty of room for growth in his game. Byfield led the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves with 82 points in just 45 games this season.
Read more about Byfield here

Tim Stutzle: Sometimes compared to Mitch Marner, Stutzle is the latest product from an increasingly strong German system and is coming out of the same Mannheim program as Leon Draisaitl. He played wing in Germany’s top professional league this season and earned top power play unit duties, but can he move to centre in the NHL?
Read more about Stutzle here

Biggest Winners and Losers in NHL Draft Lottery History
The lottery sets the stage for who has the best shot to land a franchise player, or who could fall from a favourable position to do so. History could have been much different if the ping pong balls fell differently through the years, and Mike Shulman looks back at some of the biggest winning and losing teams in draft lottery history.
Read more about that here

How the NHL Draft Lottery has changed over the years
The first NHL Draft Lottery was conducted in 1995, but no team could move up more than four spots. It’s been a very recent development that any lottery-bound organization could win the first draft position, and even more recent that the top three spots were up for grabs.
Read more about how the lottery has changed over the past 25 years

Mike Morreale breaks down top prospects ahead of the Draft Lottery
June 25 2020

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