NHL Draft Lottery Odds 2019

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Rogers Arena, in Vancouver, BC, Canada, hosts the 2019 NHL Entry Draft on June 21 and 22, 2019. This is the 57th annual draft of top Junior stars and NHL draft lottery odds 2019 are slowly being posted at top online sportsbooks.

First Pick 2019 NHL Draft Odds
Jack Hughes - Center (USA U-18) OTB 1.25 3.55
Kaapo Kakko - Right Wing (Finland - TPS) OTB 3.50 1.13

With Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko dominating the top two NHL 2019 Draft slots, SportsInteraction has posted ddds on the player to be drafted with the third overall pick. All prices were last updated on June 11, 2019.

Third Pick 2019 NHL Draft Odds
Bowen Byram D Vancouver Giants (WHL) 1.74
Alex Turcotte C (USA U-18) 2.30
Kirby Dach C Saskatoon Blades (WHL) 4.50
Dylan Cozens C Lethbridge Hurricanes (WHL) 7.00
Vasily Podkolzin RW Neva St. Petersburg (VHL) 9.50
 Cole Caufield RW (USA U-18) 15.00
Trevor Zegras C (USA U-18) 19.00
Any Other Player - Field 23.00
Victor Soderstrom D Brynas (Sweden U20) 34.00
Peyton Krebs C Kootenay Ice (WHL) 34.00
Alex Newhook C Victoria Grizzlies (BCHL) 34.00
Matthew Boldy LW (USA U-18) 41.00
 

NHL Draft Lottery Picks 2019

NHL Draft Picks 2019

Beginning with the end of the 2018-19 National Hockey League season, teams that did not advance to the Stanley Cup Playoffs were entered into the April 9th NHL Draft Lottery. Weighted, based how they finished in the standings; teams were assigned a win percentage chance of "earning" the first pick.

Longshot odds won the night at the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery as the Devils, Rangers (7.5%) and Blackhawks (2.5%) received top three draft selections despite having underdog odds.

Appearing to try, paying out on sports betting in Canada early, Ottawa closed their season on a 14-31-2 slide and the Senators were an NHL best 18.5% of being the first ball to drop in the Draft Lottery. New Jersey, 11.5% third best odds to receive the top pick, was the first ball out then New York and Chicago. Los Angeles had second top odds but the Kings will select fifth overall.

These puck betting focused online sportsbooks offer NHL odds all year:

Ottawa won the fourth pick in the Draft Lottery but traded it to Colorado. Here are the 2019 Draft Lottery percentage odds and top 15 NHL 2019 draft picks:

2019 NHL Draft Lottery Odds To Win
* Colorado Avalanche (4th) 18.5%
Los Angeles Kings (5th) 13.5%
New Jersey Devils (1st) 11.5%
Detroit Red Wings (6th) 9.5%
Buffalo Sabres (7th) 8.5%
New York Rangers (2nd) 7.5%
Edmonton Oilers (8th) 6.5%
Anaheim Ducks (9th) 8.0%
Vancouver Canucks (10th) 5.0%
Philadelphia Flyers (11th) 3.5%
Minnesota Wild (12th) 3.0%
Chicago Blackhawks (3rd) 2.5%
Florida Panthers (13th) 2.0%
Arizona Coyotes (14th) 1.5%
Montreal Canadiens (15th) 1.0%

2019 NHL Draft Picks by Team

Argued forever, whether teams tank seasons to receive a projected super-star in the making, the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL are constantly trying to adjust their annual amateur selection process to make them as “fair” as possible.

In the National Hockey League, they have reduced the odds that the worst teams will receive the highest selection through a weighted draft lottery system.

A squad with the worst NHL record has a 18.5% chance to pick first overall while the team that finished 17th has a very narrow 1.0% opportunity.

NHL cellar dwellers can trade their drafts picks, current or future, to any team they want. Ottawa did that just that, before they finished last in 2018-19. as the Senators traded their 2019 first round pick to Colorado.

The Avalanche, despite making the NHL playoffs, had an 18.5% chance of claiming the top pick. The balls didn’t drop their way - but they still received a fourth overall pick.

First overall 2013 NHL Draft Pick Nathan MacKinnon has done well in Denver:

2019 NHL Draft Picks by Team

NHL First Round Draft Picks

Coveted annually, with few exceptions, NHL first round draft picks range from panning out as super-stars to footnotes. See Mario Lemieux, Alexander Ovechkin and Connor McDavid for the former.

Never playing an NHL game, Claude Gauthier (Detroit Red Wings 1964) André Veilleux (New York Rangers 1965) and Rick Pagnutti (Los Angeles Kings 1967) are examples of the latter.

NHL First Round Draft Picks

Drafting first is costly if not done right. The Edmonton Oilers are well aware of that as 2012 first overall pick Nail Yakupov averaged 27 points over four seasons and is now playing in the KHL for the SKA Saint Petersburg.

However, the 2019 NHL Entry Draft top overall selection seems fairly safe, as USA U-18 star Jack Hughes is the odds on favorite to be selected first overall by New Jersey.

Jack Hughes New Jersey Devils First NHL Draft Pick
1.25

NHL Draft Lottery 2019 Odds

Additional NHL Draft betting option will surface soon. Watch the odds table above for updated prices. There are more sports to bet on though!

Once the NHL playoffs are complete, and players from all 31 teams are free to negotiate with the squad of their choice, there could be some trades prior to the NHL Draft that include top picks.

The window can be narrow as Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals can playout as late as June 15 like they did with Boston vs Vancouver in 2011. That gives everyone about a week to get deals done.

NHL Draft Lottery 2019 Odds

Head-to head NHL draft lottery 2019 odds are the most popular online betting options. Bookmakers research official Junior player rankings, plus NHL team needs, and post a list of "Who Will Be Drafted First" pairings.

The first NHL draft odds, on Bodog's futures board, feature Jack Hughes vs Kaapo Kakko, the top projected North American and European skaters respectively.

How Does the NHL Draft Lottery Work

All North American players, 18 years old on or before September 15, though not past age 20 prior to December 31, can enter the NHL Entry Draft.

Non North American hockey players, who are over 20 years old, plus players who were drafted but not signed by teams that picked them, are also eligible. Clubs who draft NCAA players have thirty days to sign them after they leave college.

Is NHL Draft Lottery on TV

Buying the NHL rights, held by TSN from 2006-14, CTV Sportsnet broadcasts the NHL Draft lottery on TV across Canada. Radio affiliates, like the Fan540 in Toronto and FAN960 in Calgary, have extensive draft coverage before, during and after each NHL draft.

Sportsnet.ca also live streams pre-draft specials, delivers two-day LIVE Draft coverage, plus add post selection analysis.

When Are NHL Draft Lottery 2019 Picks Made

Celebrating the best young talent in the world, the City of Vancouver and Vancouver Canucks are hosting the NHL Draft for the third time June 21-22, 2019.

Rogers Arena hosts their second event, 2006 was the first, while BC Place Stadium had the honors back in 1990. Teams making deals up until the first pick is announced, and during the draft, can change the betting lines dramatically.

Why is there a NHL Draft Lottery

Scanning the globe, for top hockey talent, is the job of NHL Scouting Staffs. While players in the NFL and NBA are largely recruited out of the NCAA football and basketball programs, the NHL replenishes its talent from a variety of leagues.

The Ontario Hockey League (20) Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (13) and the Western Hockey League (7) have produced 40 of 56 top picks.

Who Won the NHL Draft Lottery

Some squads have had more success during the NHL Draft than others. In the early days, the Montreal Canadiens were a team who won the NHL Draft lottery often by selecting stars like Guy Lafleur and Réjean Houle who both won five Stanley Cups with the Habs.

Mario Lemieux, Sydney Crosby and Marc-Andre Fleury helped Pittsburgh win Cups. Edmonton is a top pick wasteland.

Who Won the NHL Draft Lottery

Anaheim DucksCalgary Flames, Carolina Hurricanes, Dallas Stars, Minnesota Wild, Nashville Predators, Arizona Coyotes, Vancouver Canucks and Vegas Golden Knights are the only current franchises to never have the first pick in an NHL Draft.

Sometimes a win, sometimes not, here are the first 56 selections:

Year First NHL Draft Selection
Team/Number Of Picks
2019 TBA TBA
2018 Rasmus Dahlin Buffalo Sabres (3)
2017 Nico Hischier New Jersey Devils (1)
2016 Auston Matthews Toronto Maple Leafs (2)
2015 Connor McDavid Edmonton Oilers (4)
2014 Aaron Ekblad Florida Panthers (1)
2013 Nathan MacKinnon Colorado Avalanche (1)
2012 Nail Yakupov Edmonton Oilers (3)
2011 Ryan Nugent-Hopkins Edmonton Oilers (2)
2010 Taylor Hall Edmonton Oilers (1)
2009 John Tavares New York Islanders (4)
2008 Steven Stamkos Tampa Bay Lightning (3)
2007 Patrick Kane Chicago Blackhawks (1)
2006 Erik Johnson St. Louis Blues (1)
2005 Sidney Crosby Pittsburgh Penguins (3)
2004 Alex Ovechkin Washington Capitals (3)
2003 Marc-Andre Fleury Pittsburgh Penguins (2)
2002 Rick Nash Columbus Blue Jackets (1)
2001 Ilya Kovalchuk Atlanta Thrashers (2)
2000 Rick DiPietro New York Islanders (3)
1999 Patrik Stefan Atlanta Thrashers (1)
1998 Vincent Lecavalier Tampa Bay Lightning (2)
1997 Joe Thornton Boston Bruins (3)
1996 Chris Phillips Ottawa Senators (3)
1995 Bryan Berard Ottawa Senators (2)
1994 Ed Jovanovski Florida Panthers (1)
1993 Alexandre Daigle Ottawa Senators (1)
1992 Roman Hamrlik Tampa Bay Lightning (1)
1991 Eric Lindros Quebec Nordiques (3)
1990 Owen Nolan Quebec Nordiques (2)
1989 Mats Sundin Quebec Nordiques (1)
1988 Mike Modano Minnesota North Stars (3)
1987 Pierre Turgeon Buffalo Sabres (2)
1986 Joe Murphy Detroit Red Wings (3)
1985 Wendel Clark Toronto Maple Leafs (1)
1984 Mario Lemieux Pittsburgh Penguins (1)
1983 Brian Lawton Minnesota North Stars (2)
1982 Gord Kluzak Boston Bruins (2)
1981 Dale Hawerchuk Winnipeg Jets (1)
1980 Doug Wickenheiser Montreal Canadiens (5)
1979 Rob Ramage Colorado Rockies (1)
1978 Bobby Smith Minnesota North Stars (1)
1977 Dale McCourt Detroit Red Wings (2)
1976 Rick Green Washington Capitals (2)
1975 Mel Bridgman Philadelphia Flyers (1)
1974 Greg Joly Washington Capitals (1)
1973 Denis Potvin New York Islanders (2)
1972 Billy Harris New York Islanders (1)
1971 Guy Lafleur Montreal Canadiens (4)
1970 Gilbert Perreault Buffalo Sabres (1)
1969 Rejean Houle Montreal Canadiens (3)
1968 Michel Plasse Montreal Canadiens (2)
1967 Rick Pagnutti Los Angeles Kings (1)
1966 Barry Gibbs Boston Bruins (1)
1965 Andre Veilleux New York Rangers (1)
1964 Claude Gauthier Detroit Red Wings (1)
1963 Garry Monahan Montreal Canadiens (1)