Chicago’s record gives them the 12th-best odds at 2.5 percent to win the No. 1 overall pick in the 2019 NHL draft lottery. The Blackhawks have a 8.2 percent chance at drafting in the top three. If they don’t receive a top three selection, they will draft 12-15.
The draft lottery results will be unveiled during a one-hour show on NBC Sports Network at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Toronto.
The Senators finished last in the league, and normally would have the best odds at 18.5 percent for the top pick, but Ottawa’s pick belongs to the Avalanche as part of the Matt Duchene trade last season. American-born forward Jack Hughes of the United States National Development Program and Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko of Liiga’s TPS are the projected top two picks, respectively.
How the lottery works
There are three lottery draws — one for each of the top three picks, with all 15 non-playoff teams eligible to win. The odds for the remaining teams increase after each draw.
The 12 teams that do not receive a top-three pick will be assigned picks 4-15 in reverse order of their regular-season point totals.
Blackhawks’ winning lottery history
Chicago has won the lottery twice before in 1999 and 2007.
In 1999, Chicago moved up from the eighth spot to the fourth overall pick. The Hawks traded the pick to the Vancouver Canucks for defenseman Bryan McCabe and the Canucks’ first-round picks in 2000 and 2001. The New York Rangers acquired the pick in a trade with Vancouver and Tampa Bay, to select Pavel Brendl.
In 2007, the Hawks jumped from fifth to first with an 8.1 percent chance to select forward Patrick Kane, who has become one of the top players in franchise history.