2016 NHL Draft Lottery: How to Watch, TV, schedule, time, odds

Anyone but Edmonton!

The 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, which determines the first 14 picks in the first round of this year's draft, will be announced at 7 p.m. CT Saturday in Toronto on NBC.

For the first time, the draft lottery will assign the top three picks of the draft. Toronto, who finished in last place, is not guaranteed, at worst, the second overall selection. The Maple Leafs could fall as low as fourth.

There are three drawings to award the first three picks, the rest of the picks from four through 14 are then awarded in descending order to the remaining teams.

The Edmonton Oilers have won the lottery four out of the last six years, including last year when they selected Connor McDavid. Edmonton has a 13.5 percent of winning again; last year it was 11.5 percent.

Whoever lands the top pick will likely select Arizona-born Auston Matthews, an 18-year-old center who scored 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games with Zurich in Switzerland this season. Other top forwards include: Finland's Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, OHL London's Matthew Tkachuck and OHL Mississauga's Alexander Nylander. The two top defenseman are OHL London's Olli Juolevi and OHL Sarnia's Jakob Chychurn, while Sweden's Filip Gustavsson is regarded as the top goaltender.

What: The NHL Draft Lottery

Time: 7 p.m.


Live Stream: NBCSN Live Extra

Who are you hoping for? I'm good with any team but Edmonton, Montreal, Winnipeg and Colorado.

Here are the odds each team has of drawing the first overall pick:

Team Regular season finish Odds
Toronto 30 20%
Edmonton 29 13.5%
Vancouver 28 11.5%
Columbus 27 9.5%
Calgary 26 8.5%
Winnipeg 25 7.5%
Arizona 24 6.5%
Buffalo 23 6%
Montreal 22 5%
Colorado 21 3.5%
New Jersey 20 3%
Ottawa 19 2.5%
Carolina 18 2%
Boston 17 1%

If the lottery does not interest you, there are also playoff rounds continuing:

Away Team Home Team Series Time Network
NY Islanders Tampa Isles lead 1-0 2 p.m. CT NBC
Pittsburgh Washington Washington leads 1-0 7 p.m. CT NBC