On the anniversary of the Blackhawks selecting Patrick Kane with the first overall selection in the 2007 NHL Draft, the league announced details for the first phase of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery.
On Monday morning the NHL announced that Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery will be conducted at NHL Network’s studio on Friday, June 26, at 7 PM CST. The first phase of the lottery will be broadcast live on NBCSN and NHL Network in the U.S.
The top three picks in the 2020 NHL Draft will be awarded via the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery via three separate drawings. The first Lottery draw will determine the team selecting first overall, the second will determine the team selecting second overall and the third will determine the team selecting third overall.
Fifteen teams will be eligible in Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, seven with their established odds. Those seven teams, which were previously eliminated from the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs, will remain ranked in inverse order of their points percentages at the time of the pause in the regular season. There will also be eight “placeholders” that represent the to-be-determined Qualifying Round teams that do not advance.
The Chicago Blackhawks face the Edmonton Oilers in the Qualifying Round.
The Blackhawks selected Kane with the first overall pick on June 22, 2007.