The Vancouver Canucks pushed and pushed, but ultimately their quest to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs failed.
The consolation prize? They could win the lottery.
The Canucks, who have gone 32-15-10 in 57 games since hiring Bruce Boudreau to replace Travis Green on Dec. 5, will now enter the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery with a chance to advance their position in the 2022 draft.
These aren’t great odds, though.
Vancouver will enter the lottery with a 0.5% chance of winning it all.
Even if they do, the Canucks won’t have a chance to earn the top pick thanks to rule changes determined last season and implemented this year.
This season, a team can only go up a maximum of 10 selections, which means the Canucks would go from the No. 15 pick to the No. 5 with a win. This means that only the top 11 seeds will be eligible to receive the first pick and the right to potentially select consensus first pick Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League.
The number of lottery picks has also been reduced from three to two, meaning Vancouver only has two chances to jump into a more favorable position. Teams are no longer allowed to win the lottery more than twice in a five-year period, although the Canucks don’t necessarily have to worry about that element at this time.
According to Tankathon.
The lottery is set for Tuesday, May 10. Broadcast plans for the 2022 NHL Draft lottery include Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada, and ESPN in the United States.
The Montreal Canadiens, who finished last in the NHL this season after making the Stanley Cup final, have the best chance of winning the lottery at 18.5%.
The 2022 NHL Draft is scheduled for July 7 and 8 at the Bell Center in Montreal.