The Detroit Red Wings will find out where they pick in the 2020 NHL Draft at 8 p.m. Friday during the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery. Here’s how to watch.
Tomorrow is the day.
Detroit Red Wings fans don’t have too much to look forward to these days. They finished last in the National Hockey League (NHL) with a league-worst 39 points (17-49-5) and were one of the seven teams not selected for the 24-team NHL Playoff tournament set for next month along with the Ottawa Senators, Anaheim Ducks, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings, Buffalo Sabres and San Jose Sharks.
So, tomorrow is the most important day of the summer for the Red Wings organization and its fans with the announcement.
2020 NHL Draft Lottery
- Date: Friday, June 26
- Time: 8 p.m. ET
- TV: NBC Sports Network (live stream here)
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Rimouski (Quebec Major Junior Hockey League) QMJHL left wing Alexis Lafreniere is the consensus No. 1 pick to whoever receives it. Other projected top picks include: forwards Tim Stutzle, Quinton Byfield, defenseman Jamie Drysdale and goaltender Yaroslav Askarov.
The Red Wings have the best odds to land the top pick with an 18.5 percent chance, followed by the Senators, who have a 13.5 percent and 11.5 percent chance (Sharks pick). Others in the running include the Kings (9.5 percent), Ducks (8.5 percent), Devils (7.5 percent) and Buffalo Sabres (6.5 percent).
The Red Wings can finish no worse than the No. 4 pick.
According to a recent Detroit News article, NBC analyst Pierre McGuire said the Red Wings would “speed up” the rebuild if they get Lafreniere.
“If you get Lafreniere, you really change the equation,” McGuire said. “He’s the real deal. Usually, when a player dominates at the world juniors like he did this year, they can make the NHL. He’s NHL ready. I’m sure people would offer Detroit a package of players and draft picks. I can’t see them trading it. I would keep the pick and take Lafreniere. No matter what, it’s an amazing draft. Tim Stutzle’s skill level is off the charts, too.”