Devils Win Lottery and First Selection In 2019 NHL Draft; Rangers, Blackhawks Land 2nd, 3rd Overall Picks
The New Jersey Devils, New York Rangers and Chicago Blackhawks own the first, second and third overall drafting positions, respectively, for the First Round of the 2019 NHL Draft as a result of the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery Drawing in Toronto.
The clubs that did not qualify for the 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs – or the clubs that acquired the first-round picks of the non-playoff clubs – participated in the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery.
The order of selection for the first 15 drafting positions in the First Round, only, of the 2019 NHL Draft is as follows:
- New Jersey Devils
- New York Rangers
- Chicago Blackhawks
- Colorado Avalanche (from Ottawa)
- Los Angeles Kings
- Detroit Red Wings
- Buffalo Sabres
- Edmonton Oilers
- Anaheim Ducks
- Vancouver Canucks
- Philadelphia Flyers
- Minnesota Wild
- Florida Panthers
- Arizona Coyotes
- Montreal Canadiens
The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
Three draws were held: the first drawing determined the club selecting first overall, the second drawing determined the club selecting second overall and the third drawing determined the club selecting third overall. Once a club was assigned a pick, it was ineligible for further participation in subsequent drawings.
Devils Win No. 1 Drafting Position
In the drawing that determined the No. 1 drafting position, the Devils had the 3rd-greatest percentage likelihood of being selected based on inverse order of regular-season finish (11.5%). The Devils are the second team in the past five years to jump from the No. 3 position to claim the first overall draft pick (Edmonton, 2015: selected Connor McDavid).
The Devils won the NHL Draft Lottery for the third time, moving from 8 to 4 in 2011 (drafted Adam Larsson) and from 5 to 1 in 2017 (drafted Nico Hischier).
The franchise has made the first overall Draft selection twice, picking Rob Ramage in 1979 (as the Colorado Rockies) and Hischier in 2017.
Rangers Win No. 2 Drafting Position
In the drawing that determined the No. 2 drafting position, the Rangers had the 5th-greatest percentage likelihood among the 14 remaining clubs eligible for selection (8.5%) and climbed from No. 6 to No. 2. The Rangers, selected in the NHL Draft Lottery for the first time in franchise history, become the second team from the No. 6 spot to win a Draft Lottery drawing (Winnipeg jumped from No. 6 to No. 2 in 2016).
The Rangers have picked No. 2 overall once, selecting future Hockey Hall of Fame defenseman Brad Park in 1966.
Blackhawks Win No. 3 Drafting Position
In the drawing that determined the No. 3 drafting position, Chicago had the 10th-greatest percentage likelihood among the 13 remaining clubs eligible for selection (3.1%). The Blackhawks have been selected in the NHL Draft Lottery for the third time in franchise history, jumping from 8 to 4 in 1999 and from 5 to 1 in 2007. They are the first team from the No. 12 spot to win a Draft Lottery drawing.
For each of the three drawings, 14 balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine. The machine randomly selected four balls. The resulting four-number series (without regard to selection order) was matched against a chart that shows all possible combinations and the clubs to which each was assigned. The chart showed that the Devils had been assigned the numbers (2-4-10-12) that were expelled in the first drawing, followed by the Rangers (2-5-9-11) in the second drawing and the Blackhawks (2-3-9-11) in the third drawing.
The 2019 NHL Draft will take place at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. The first round will be held Friday, June 21. Rounds 2-7 will take place Saturday, June 22.
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
2016 Winnipeg Moved from No. 6 to No. 2 RW Patrik Laine
2016 Columbus Moved from No. 4 to No. 3 LW Pierre-Luc Dubois
2017 New Jersey Moved from No. 5 to No. 1 C Nico Hischier
2017 Philadelphia Moved from No. 13 to No. 2 C Nolan Patrick
2017 Dallas Moved from No. 8 to No. 3 D Miro Heiskanen
2018 Buffalo Retained 1st selection D Rasmus Dahlin
2018 Carolina Moved from No. 11 to No. 2 RW Andrei Svechnikov
2018 Montreal Moved from No. 4 to No. 3 C Jesperi Kotkaniemi
2019 New Jersey Moved from No. 3 to No. 1
2019 NY Rangers Moved from No. 6 to No. 2
2019 Chicago Moved from No. 12 to No. 3