Winnipeg Jets and the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery: What can Happen

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Although the Stanley Cup Playoffs have only begun last night, the Winnipeg Jets have not made the Playoffs and their offseason has begun.

Therefore since the Jets missed out on the playoffs for the first time in five seasons, the Jets will be included in the NHL Entry Draft Lottery. Which is only one week from today.

Since it has been a while since the Jets have been included in the lottery. This article will look at what can happen regarding the Jets at the lottery including the best possible spot they can pick and the worst possible spot in the draft.

The Winnipeg Jets could move up ten draft picks at the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery

Even though the Jets are in the lottery, does not mean they can win the first overall pick. According to the rules of the lottery, teams can only move up ten draft slots from their seed.

The Jets will have finished the regular season rated as the fourteenth worst team in the NHL. This means that the best possible scenario for Winnipeg is they move up to obtain the fourth overall draft selection.

But since the Jets are among one of the teams with the most amount of points that did not make the postseason, the worst possible scenario will not change much. At most, the Jets can move down to the sixteenth overall pick.

Due to these scenarios, being included in the lottery can be seen as a win for the Jets. They can potentially move up ten selections to fourth overall, while at worst they can only move to the sixteenth pick.

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The 2022 draft lottery is scheduled for next Tuesday, May 3 at 5:30 p.m. central time and the Entry Draft is scheduled for July 7-8 in Montreal.

Winnipeg Jets Fans: Should the Winnipeg Jets select a forward, defenseman, or goaltender with their first-round pick at the upcoming draft? Leave your comments below!