No luck for Red Wings in NHL draft lottery


One of these years, the Red Wings might get some lottery luck. Just not this year.

The Wings wound up with the eighth overall pick in the 2022 NHL Draft in Tuesday night's lottery after finishing eighth worst in the league this season. Hey, it could have been worse.

They could have dropped as they did in 2017, 2018, 2019 and 2020. Instead, they landed right where the odds said they would. The Red Wings entered the lottery with a 54.4 percent chance of picking eighth. They were much more likely to fall to No. 9 than they were to jump to No. 1 (6.0 percent chance) or No. 2.

GM Steve Yzerman hasn't need any luck, anyway. After the Wings fell from No. 4 in 2019, he turned the sixth overall pick into likely Rookie of the Year Moritz Seider. And after they fell from No. 1 in 2020, he turned the fourth overall pick into another Rookie of the Year candidate in Lucas Raymond.

And he turned the sixth overall pick last year into one of the best defensive prospects in the game in Simon Edvinsson. The 19-year-old should be in Detroit by next season.

The Canadiens won the No. 1 pick Tuesday after entering the lottery with the best odds. The Devils, meanwhile, jumped from No. 5 to No. 2, pushing the Coyotes, Kraken and Flyers back one spot each.

Canadian center Shane Wright is widely considered the top player on the board.

The full results of the lottery are below:

1. Montreal
2. New Jersey
3. Arizona
4. Seattle
5. Philadelphia
6. Chicago
7. Ottawa
8. Detroit
9. Buffalo
10. Anaheim
11. San Jose
12. Columbus
13. New York Islanders
14. Winnipeg
15. Vancouver
16. Vegas