NEW YORK — The New York Rangers have won the first overall selection in the 2020 NHL Draft as a result of Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery conducted this evening at NHL Network’s Secaucus, N.J., studio.
The eight teams that did not advance from the 2020 Stanley Cup Qualifiers participated in Phase 2 of the Lottery, which consisted of a single drawing to assign the first overall selection for the 2020 NHL Draft. All participants had the same probability of being selected (12.5%) and were represented in the lottery machine by one ball with their team logo. The machine randomly selected one ball, which belonged to the Rangers.
This marks the second time in franchise history the Rangers have been selected in the NHL Draft Lottery. They won the Second Draw in 2019, moving from 6th to 2nd, and drafted forward Kaapo Kakko.
The Rangers have made the first overall selection once in NHL Draft history (1965, Andre Veilleux) but will have the opportunity to do so for the first time since the universal draft was adopted in 1969 (all juniors of qualifying age eligible for selection).
The results of Phase 1 of the Draft Lottery, held on June 26, required that Phase 2 be conducted. In the First Draw of Phase 1 to determine the first overall selection, one of the eight ‘placeholders’ – ‘Team E’, in the No. 12 position – was selected. Under the League’s Return to Play Plan, the selection of a ‘placeholder’ team (Nos. 8-15) in any of the three Phase 1 Draws for the first, second and third overall picks, respectively, would require a Draw for the corresponding selection be made in Phase 2 among only the eight Qualifying Round teams that failed to advance.
With the NHL Draft Lottery completed, the remaining selections in the Top 15 are assigned to the 12 participating teams in Phase 1 and 2 that did not win a draw, in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the season’s pause.
Accordingly, the order of selection for the first 15 drafting positions in the First Round, only, of the 2020 NHL Draft is:
1. New York Rangers
2. Los Angeles Kings
3. Ottawa Senators (from San Jose)
4. Detroit Red Wings
5. Ottawa Senators
6. Anaheim Ducks
7. New Jersey Devils
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Minnesota Wild
10. Winnipeg Jets
11. Nashville Predators
12. Florida Panthers
13. Carolina Hurricanes (from Toronto)
14. Edmonton Oilers
15. Pittsburgh Penguins (optional to Minnesota)
The remaining 16 selections in Round 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft (Nos. 16-31) will be determined by the results of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Results of Draft Drawings
|Year||Selected||Effect on Draft Order||Player Selected|
|1995||Los Angeles||Moved from 7th to 3rd||D Aki Berg|
|1996||Ottawa||Retained 1st selection||D Chris Phillips|
|1997||Boston||Retained 1st selection||C Joe Thornton|
|1998||Tampa Bay||Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades||C Vincent Lecavalier|
|1999||Chicago||Moved from 8th to 4th||RW Pavel Brendl *|
|2000||NY Islanders||Moved from 5th to 1st||G Rick DiPietro|
|2001||Atlanta||Moved from 3rd to 1st||LW Ilya Kovalchuk|
|2002||Florida||Moved from 3rd to 1st||LW Rick Nash **|
|2003||Florida||Moved from 4th to 1st||G Marc-Andre Fleury ***|
|2004||Washington||Moved from 3rd to 1st||LW Alex Ovechkin|
|2005||Pittsburgh||n/a||C Sidney Crosby|
|2006||St. Louis||Retained 1st selection||D Erik Johnson|
|2007||Chicago||Moved from 5th to 1st||RW Patrick Kane|
|2008||Tampa Bay||Retained 1st selection||C Steven Stamkos|
|2009||NY Islanders||Retained 1st selection||C John Tavares|
|2010||Edmonton||Retained 1st selection||LW Taylor Hall|
|2011||New Jersey||Moved from 8th to 4th||D Adam Larsson|
|2012||Edmonton||Moved from 2nd to 1st||RW Nail Yakupov|
|2013||Colorado||Moved from 2nd to 1st||C Nathan MacKinnon|
|2014||Florida||Moved from 2nd to 1st||D Aaron Ekblad|
|2015||Edmonton||Moved from 3rd to 1st||C Connor McDavid|
|2016||Toronto||Retained 1st selection||C Auston Matthews|
|Winnipeg||Moved from 6th to 2nd||RW Patrik Laine|
|Columbus||Moved from 4th to 3rd||LW Pierre-Luc Dubois|
|2017||New Jersey||Moved from 5th to 1st||C Nico Hischier|
|Philadelphia||Moved from 13th to 2nd||C Nolan Patrick|
|Dallas||Moved from 8th to 3rd||D Miro Heiskanen|
|2018||Buffalo||Retained 1st selection||D Rasmus Dahlin|
|Carolina||Moved from 11th to 2nd||RW Andrei Svechnikov|
|Montreal||Moved from 4th to 3rd||C Jesperi Kotkaniemi|
|2019||New Jersey||Moved from 3rd to 1st||C Jack Hughes|
|NY Rangers||Moved from 6th to 2nd||RW Kaapo Kakko|
|Chicago||Moved from 12th to 3rd||C Kirby Dach|
|2020||NYR (Phase 2)||Moved from (8th-15th) to 1st|
|LAK (Phase 1)||Moved from 4th to 2nd|
|OTT (Phase 1)||Retained 3rd selection|
* NY Rangers obtained Chicago’s pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.
** Columbus obtained Florida’s pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.
*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida’s pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall.
— NHL Public Relations