The Chicago Blackhawks are looking to Win Another NHL Draft Lottery Tomorrow

2024 Frozen Four
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I can just hear all the complaints now. It's fixed! They cheated! The league is in on it!.... So forth and so on and as a fan of the Chicago Blackhawks my reaction will be the same as it was last year at this time: Let them complain, we just got a franchise center.

The NHL Draft Lottery will be held tomorrow around 5:30pm CT. Like last season, the new rules will be in place and there are likely to be witnesses to the process to help attest to the legality of the procedures. The broadcast of the revealed order will be on ESPN with a (but not confirmed) behind the scenes video on how the teams were picked later to follow via the NHL's main website (

Also like last season, the first player chosen will not be a surprise. Macklin Celebrini was the Hobey Baker award winner in college hockey as a 17 year old. This achievement, paired with elite skill traits, will have NHL franchises tuned in to see if their teams are lucky enough to take the talented Canadian center.

Connor Bedard
2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft - Round One / Luke Hales/GettyImages

The Chicago Blackhawks will have a 13.5% chance at the #1 pick and hope to win the lottery for a second straight season. If they do not however, the players available to them and which direction they go in could be chaotic. If at number two, expect them to take Michigan State right shot defenseman Artyom Levshunov. The big Belorussian plays a position of need and presents a profile of a player that will be quick to the NHL.

If drafting at third or fourth overall, then all bets are off. The board seems to really open up after Celebrini and Levshunov. Could they take Cayden Lindstrom based on a size profile they are lacking or perhaps Ivan Demidov that looks like a wing that could matchup with Connor Bedard's passing skill.

Would a high scoring talent like Berkly Catton be intriguing albeit a bit higher than most anticipate given his stature as a sub six foot forward. Maybe the play is to make a safe call and draft top four defenseman Sam Dickinson. While not the exciting pick, Dickinson represents a player with a very high floor that almost assuredly will be on an NHL's top two pairings as a dependable blue liner.

However the draft lottery plays out tomorrow for the Chicago Blackhawks, there is one thing that is guaranteed: Kyle from Chicago has got this.