Anything is possible for the Chicago Blackhawks and the draft
By Jimmy Lynch
The Chicago Blackhawks have a chance to really show their luck at this year’s NHL draft, depending on how their play-in series against the Edmonton Oilers goes of course.
You might be seeing a lot of stories about the NHL draft today, well that is because last night the league held their draft lottery for the bottom seven teams in the league who will not be competing in this year’s Stanley Cup play-in series. However, there were also positions for the regular other teams who would miss the playoffs in a normal year. These other teams had very small odds at winning it all, and yet here we are.
The position with a 2.5 percent chance at winning the first overall pick won the draft lottery last night, meaning one of the eight teams that do not advance out of the play-in round will get that pick. If that seems confusing to you and you are having a hard time following, let me put it like this. The Blackhawks will have a 12.5 percent chance at getting the first overall pick if they lose against Edmonton in the next few months.
This means that regardless if we win or lose this year we are going to have a shot at something great. Last season we saw what type of game-changer can be brought in through the NHL draft when we added Kirby Dach. Now imagine adding a first overall pick like Patrick Kane.
Now, we might be getting ahead of ourselves a little bit. The Blackhawks are going to play to win. Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews would rather win this series than see the team add a first overall pick, that just means they are doing their job. And even if we do lose nothing is guaranteed. There is only a 12.5 percent chance at actually getting the first overall pick.
While that is not a horrible percentage, we have seen how little that really matters when it comes to this draft. It is all luck, and while luck has been on the Blackhawks side like when we got the third overall pick this past season, luck can still change quickly.
I guess at the end of the day this is just another thing to speculate about and talk about during the next few months. It will be interesting to see who ends up getting the first overall pick at the 2020 NHL draft, even if it is not the Blackhawks. Seeing a team with Connor McDavid and another first overall draft pick would be fun. Especially if that means we got past the Oilers in the first round!