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2021 NHL Draft Lottery: Odds, start time, channel & results

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Commissioner of the National Hockey League Gary Bettman is interviewed during Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery on August 10, 2020 at the NHL Network’s studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. Photo by Mike Stobe/NHLI via Getty Images

The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery will be held at 4 p.m. PT/7 p.m. ET tonight at the NHL Network studio in Secaucus, New Jersey. Due to a rule change, this draft lottery will only include the first and second overall selections. The San Jose Sharks have the seventh-best odds for the for the first-overall pick, with 6.7 percent.

The two worst teams in the 2021 season, the Buffalo Sabres and Anaheim Ducks, have the best odds at either lottery selection, followed by the Seattle Kraken in their inaugural draft. The draft lottery will determine and finalize the order of the first 16 picks, while the playoffs settle picks 17 through 32.

Tonight’s broadcast can be viewed on NBCSN and NHL Network in the United States, as well as Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada, ahead of Game 1 between the Winnipeg Jets and Montreal Canadiens.

2021 NHL Draft Lottery Odds for 1st Overall

Seed Team Lottery Odds
Seed Team Lottery Odds
1 Buffalo Sabres 16.60%
2 Anaheim Ducks 12.10%
3 Seattle Kraken* 10.30%
4 New Jersey Devils 10.30%
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 8.50%
6 Detroit Red Wings 7.60%
7 San Jose Sharks 6.70%
8 Los Angeles Kings 5.80%
9 Vancouver Canucks 5.40%
10 Ottawa Senators 4.50%
11 Arizona Coyotes** 3.10%
12 Chicago Blackhawks 2.70%
13 Calgary Flames 2.20%
14 Philadelphia Flyers 1.80%
15 Dallas Stars 1.40%
16 New York Rangers 1.00%

* In their inaugural draft, the Seattle Kraken have been assigned the No. 3 seed with same lottery odds as the No. 4 seed (10.3%), so they cannot draft lower than fifth-overall.

** The Arizona Coyotes were forced to forfeit their first-round pick in 2021 NHL Draft, due to sanctions from the league in August 2020 for violating the the combine testing policy and will result in a re-draw if selected in either lottery.

The odds for the second-overall pick will adjust proportionally based on the team who wins first overall.

2021 NHL Draft Lottery Results

Draft Position Team Change
Draft Position Team Change
1 Buffalo Sabres 0
2 Seattle Kraken 1
3 Anaheim Ducks -1
4 New Jersey Devils 0
5 Columbus Blue Jackets 0
6 Detroit Red Wings 0
7 San Jose Sharks 0
8 Los Angeles Kings 0
9 Vancouver Canucks 0
10 Ottawa Senators 0
11 Chicago Blackhawks 0
12 Calgary Flames 0
13 Philadelphia Flyers 0
14 Dallas Stars 0
15 New York Rangers 0