The 2022 Stanley Cup Playoffs are in full swing, but before tonight’s slate of games begins, the NHL will start looking ahead to the offseason.
For the Winnipeg Jets and the other fifteen teams that missed out on the postseason, they will be participating in the lottery for the 2022 NHL Entry Draft tonight. The lottery is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. central time.
The lottery is to find out the order that the bottom sixteen teams from the 2021-2022 regular season standings will be selecting at the upcoming draft.
The draft lottery is today and Winnipeg Jets have no chance of obtaining the number one draft selection
The rules of the draft lottery are simple to understand. The team that finished last in the standings, the Montreal Canadiens, has the highest probability of obtaining the number one draft selection. Then the second lowest-ranked team, then the third, and so on. You can see every team’s probability in the tweet below:
But there is a caveat to the lottery process. The most a team can move up during the lottery is ten draft slots. Therefore only the bottom eleven teams in the standings are in the running for the first pick, then the bottom twelve for the second.
Therefore, as our site wrote about in an article last week, the Jets finished the season in fourteenth place from the bottom. This means that the highest the Jets can move up in the draft is to the fourth selection while they can move down to the sixteenth draft choice.
Where to Watch the Draft Lottery
If you are located in Canada you can watch the draft lottery on Sportsnet, SN NOW, or TVAS. If you are located in the United States, you can view the lottery on ESPN and/or livestream on ESPN+.
As mentioned above, the lottery will begin before tonight’s playoff games and is scheduled to start at 6:30 eastern time/5:30 p.m. central.
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