The Detroit Red Wings will find out their fate this evening in regards to the 2021 NHL Entry Draft. The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery will take place tonight at 7 P.M. ET on several television networks. These include NBCSN, NHL Network, and Sportsnet, according to TheScore.
Fans looking to catch some of the action will be able to watch the Detroit Red Wings get screwed over once again. Well, nothing is certain, but the Red Wings have not had the best fortune in recent years.
Last season, the New York Rangers snuck up to win the first overall draft pick, where they selected Alexis Lafrenière first overall. The Red Wings fell to fourth overall, where they went on to select Swedish forward Lucas Raymond.
This year, the Red Wings will be hoping that the times change and that they earn that top pick or at least one of the top two picks. The Red Wings are in a tough spot to move up with some of the recent draft lottery changes, but they are still hoping for the best-case scenario.
The Detroit Red Wings are hoping for a chance to land a top-two draft pick in the 2021 NHL Draft Lottery.
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The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery does bring some changes into play. The Red Wings will only be able to move up to the first or second overall spot.
There will only be two drawings in this year’s lottery in a change from recent years, both of the first two spots being up for grabs.
With the entrance of the Seattle Kraken into the league, it also changes things, giving them the third-best odds in the draft.
That being said, the Red Wings and their abysmal 19-27-10 record propels them to the fifth-worst in the league.
Since the Kraken are dropped in above the Red Wings, they will have the sixth-best draft lottery odds, which are 7.6%, to land the first overall pick. The Buffalo Sabres have the best odds, which sit at 16.6% to land that first overall pick.
Whether the Red Wings land the first or second overall pick, they will be adding a top-tier talent to the organization that is still struggling through a rebuild. They could also very well be in a position to take a player who played this past season not too far from Little Caesars Arena.
With three Michigan Wolverines players likely to be selected in the top ten picks, the Red Wings may be bringing a maize and blue talent into the organization.