Wings to Pick Fourth After Draft Lottery


For the fourth straight season, the Detroit Red Wings fell back in the NHL Entry Draft due to the Draft Lottery.

Despite having the best odds at picking first-overall in the 2020 NHL Entry Draft by virtue of their 31st-place finish during the 2019-20 season, the Red Wings were passed by three teams to drop to the fourth spot.  The Ottawa Senators will pick third, the Los Angeles Kings will pick second, and a placeholder team representing one of the losers of the league’s qualifying playoff round won the right to pick first.

What do you want me to say? The odds were always on the Wings picking fourth. Of course, the odds were also such that only Ottawa could be expected to pass Detroit, yet here we are. Again.

There will be good players available at fourth overall. But the Wings really need one of these to hit eventually.

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  • A ridiculous lottery system,. How will the least talented teams ever rebuild with a playoff team drafting first?

    Robert niskar June 26, 2020 9:09 PM
    • I agree this is crap and not fair.

      Lisa Chartier June 27, 2020 4:14 PM
  • Agreed, what a joke…

    tbone June 26, 2020 9:16 PM
  • Sigh… as you said “here we are”. The only enjoyment I got was 97.1 going nuts of the Wings getting the fourth spot and why the NHL hates Detroit (sounds like the NFL’s love of the Lions. I also agree we need one of the picks to hit as Larkin needs a consistent teammate. I do however, like the irony over the fourth pick as this is Stevie’s first draft and can only hope it’s a sign.

    Jonathan Hightower June 29, 2020 8:24 PM