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NHL Draft Lottery Could Change The Fate Of The Blackhawks

By Jimmy Lynch
Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)
Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images) /
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The NHL Draft Lottery is tonight everybody. The Chicago Blackhawks have about a little over a two percent chance at taking the top pick, and while that is not a big chance, it can still happen.

Winning the draft can bring in a totally franchise-altering player. The team once drafted Patrick Kane with the top pick, they drafted Jonathan Toews and Kirby Dach with third overall picks. The franchise would be totally boosted if they managed to land a top pick, and now all we have to do is cross our fingers and hope.

The last six years winners were New York, New Jersey, Buffalo, New Jersey, Toronto, and Edmonton all of these teams added franchise-altering players that are now big parts of their individual teams. However, it is worth noting only Edmonton and Toronto actually made the playoffs this season and both got bounced in the first round.

Plus the last first overall pick to win a Stanley Cup with their team that drafted them was Steven Stamkos who finally won a championship last season. Before that, it was Patrick Kane who won with the Chicago Blackhawks.

Winning the lottery is something that is only going to get more difficult the next couple of seasons. So hopefully Chicago can pull out a miracle tonight and win the lottery for the second time in three seasons.

"The Blackhawks have some of the best undrafted players around"

There are a lot of deserving teams that definitely could use a top NHL draft pick. So tonight is going to be a fun night for a couple of fan bases around the entire NHL. Either way, the Blackhawks are hopefully going to pick around 11th overall, and while the draft might not be as deep as it has been in the past, there is still hope that they can bring in someone that can help two or three years down the line.

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