The NHL Entry Draft lottery happened earlier this evening and the balls didn’t fall in the Canucks favour once again.
Entering the evening, the organization with the 9th best odds to win the first lottery
— Vancouver Canucks (@Canucks) April 9, 2019
From that breakdown, the Canucks had the following odds at each spot:
This year the Canucks have a 16% chance of landing a top 3 pick; 5% at 1st, 5.3% at 2nd and 5.7% of 3rd. The best odds, however, have Vancouver picking either 9th (48.8%) or 10th (30.7%).
Ultimately, the Canucks ended with their second most probable outcome falling one spot to 10th overall after the Chicago Blackhawks won the lottery for the 3rd overall selection and leapfrogged the Canucks, and many other teams, in the process. The New Jersey Devils won the right to select first overall for the second time in three years and the New York Rangers landed in 2nd.
Obviously, it’s a disappointing outcome for fans as they hoped that the organization would be able to unite Quinn Hughes with expected first overall pick Jack Hughes but everyone knew that the outcome wouldn’t go the organization’s way after years of also missing out.
It will be interesting to see where the organization will go with this selection, will they go the route of adding a scoring winger, a centre, or maybe slightly reach to add a defenceman. With two months to go before the draft, there will be plenty of time to dissect and break down who the Canucks with select with their first-round pick.
This was one of the most probable outcomes but fans can’t help but still feel disappointed.