NHL draft lottery will take place April 9

The NHL announced Wednesday the draft lottery will be held on April 9 in Toronto.

The results, which have been pushed up and are just one night before the playoffs begin, will be aired on NBCSN, Sportsnet and TVA Sports in a one-hour show beginning at 8 p.m. EST. 

The top three teams in the lottery will be decided by a drawing for first, followed by second and third. The following 12 teams will fall according to their final finish during the season in points.

One of the top draft prospects this year is intriguing choice as the brother of the 2018 No. 7 overall pick and Michigan defenseman Quinn Hughes.

Jack Hughes has been viewed as a potential No. 1 pick for several years now and his production has showed why throughout this season.

Fanbases with the possibility of getting the No. 1 pick have donned the rallying cry “lose for Hughes” this season based off of just how good the young forward is. The 17-year-old tallied 31 points in 18 games played in USNTDP Juniors, another 61 in 35 for the U.S. National U-18 Team “C” and another four in four games for the U-20 squad.

He isn’t big, but he plays with ferocious speed and has an ability to make plays that few can match in this class.

But if a team isn’t able to grab the youngster, an 18-year-old forward from Finland named Kaapo Kakko would be a great consolation prize. In fact, some evaluators have even said he has cut what was seen as a large gap in recent months with Hughes.

The lowest three teams in the lottery as the league sits right now are the Senators (52 points), Kings (58) and Devils (59). However, the Senators will have to give up their top pick to the Avalanche courtesy of the Matt Duchene trade made a couple of years ago.