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NHL draft lottery 2017: Full odds, time, date, format and how to watch

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Everything you need to know about the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery.

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Here in Philadelphia, we were hoping not to care about the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery. But alas, we must — and we’ll be checking in Saturday night, April 29, as the NHL gathers in Toronto for the 2017 lottery.

There’s a new wrinkle in this year’s lottery thanks to the expansion Vegas Golden Knights. We got into the nitty gritty of the Vast National Hockey League Conspiracy* against the Philadelphia Flyers over in this post, but the basics are that the league’s 31st team have the same odds of winning the lottery as if they finished third-worst in the NHL in 2016-17. And the adjustments made to accommodate Vegas hurt the Flyers, oddly, more than any other team.

It’s all negligible though, of course. The Flyers will likely pick 13th, as there’s an 84.3 percent chance of that happening. There’s a 2.2 percent chance they win the first pick, a 2.4 percent chance at the second pick, and a 2.7 percent chance at the third pick.

The Colorado Avalanche were god-awful last season and have the best odds of winning the first overall pick, at 18 percent. The New York Islanders were the last team on the outside of the playoff picture, so they have the longest odds at the top pick at just 0.9 percent.

The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery will take place at 8 p.m. ET on Saturday, April 29. NBC will have coverage in the United States while CBC and Sportsnet will carry coverage in Canada. It’ll happen just prior to Capitals-Penguins Game 2.

Below are the full odds.

2017 NHL Draft Lottery odds

Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
Team 1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th 7th 8th 9th 10th 11th 12th 13th 14th 15th
Colorado 18.00% 16.00% 14.10% 52.00%
Vancouver 12.10% 11.80% 11.30% 34.00% 30.70%
Vegas 10.30% 10.30% 10.10% 11.80% 39.30% 18.10%
Arizona 10.30% 10.30% 10.10% 2.10% 22.80% 34.60% 9.70%
New Jersey 8.50% 8.70% 8.80% 7.20% 33.00% 28.70% 5.20%
Buffalo 7.60% 7.80% 8.00% 14.30% 38.20% 21.40% 2.60%
Detroit 6.70% 7.00% 7.20% 23.40% 39.70% 14.80% 1.20%
Dallas 5.80% 6.10% 6.40% 33.70% 37.90% 9.50% 0.50%
Florida 5.40% 5.70% 6.00% 44.70% 32.70% 5.40% 0.20%
Los Angeles 4.50% 4.80% 5.10% 56.50% 26.40% 2.70% 0.10%
Carolina 3.20% 3.40% 3.70% 67.80% 20.70% 1.30% <0.1%
Winnipeg 2.70% 2.90% 3.20% 76.40% 14.30% 0.50% <0.1%
Philadelphia 2.20% 2.40% 2.70% 84.30% 8.30% 0.10%
Tampa Bay 1.80% 2.00% 2.20% 91.20% 2.90%
NY Islanders 0.90% 1.00% 1.10% 97.00%
via NHL.com

*may or may not be a real conspiracy