The Detroit Red Wings stayed steady, getting the eighth pick in the 2022 NHL draft lottery.
The Wings had 6% odds of getting the first pick, but they could also have been pushed back to ninth or 10th.
The Montreal Canadiens, which host the July 7-8 draft, also stayed steady and got the first overall pick. The New Jersey Devils pick second; Arizona Coyotes, third; Seattle Kraken fourth; Philadelphia Flyers, fifth; Columbus Blue Jackets, sixth; and Ottawa Senators, seventh.
This is the sixth straight time the Wings have been in the lottery. The year they had the best odds (18.5%) to get the first overall selection, in 2020, they were pushed back to fourth. That worked out, though: Lucas Raymond scored 23 goals in his just-completed rookie season.
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In 2017, the Wings finished seventh and were pushed back to ninth, selecting forward Michael Rasmussen. In 2018, they went from fifth to sixth and chose forward Filip Zadina. In 2019, the first year under Yzerman, they moved from fourth to sixth and chose defenseman Moritz Seider, who is a leading candidate for rookie of the year. In 2021, they sat steady at sixth, drafting defenseman Simon Edvinsson.
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