Like the Philadelphia Flyers sitting outside on the patio for the postseason, there is at least one thing we look forward to – an event we did not see ourselves watching 12 months ago. That’s right, it’s the lottery.
The balls will bounce on June 2nd. A night that is sure to be filled with ecstasy of ecstasy or many shocking moments, I’m not sure what it’s like to be in the first round of the 2021 Nraft NHL.
As for the Flyers, they have a 14th highest overall chance, confused somewhere due to the introduction of the Seattle Kraken – which guarantees at least the fifth overall choice. In this mode, they would have a 1.8% chance of deviating from the best option.
The afternoon will include two draws: the first will determine which team will be selected first in the overall standings and the second will be the team selected second in the overall standings. It is quite simple.
It is interesting, because with the Arizona Coyote scandal that made them lose their choice in the first round of 2021, the odds of any other team are slightly higher than those reported. If coyotes are drawn in one of the lotteries, this will lead to another draw, giving the other fifteen clubs more opportunity.
In the absence of real chance and uncertainty about the absence of a junior hockey game this season – apart from a few dozen games from a few tournaments – this draft is of course going to be one of the most popular games. Strange in recent memory. Michigan defender Owen Bauer, teammate Matthew Benyers, Swedish forward William Eklund and Barry Colts defender Brandt Clark are just a few of the names that could be announced as the first choice.
Even if the Flyers had one of the best options, there would definitely be some discussion and interest in who to choose. On the other hand, if they maintain the thirteenth overall choice, they will probably find higher potential there than usual. It’s weird, and like any project, we’ll only know if it’s a good choice two years from now.
But hey, at least that’s something to look forward to after this season of poverty.