2021 NHL Draft Lottery is tonight

The 2021 NHL Draft Lottery takes place on Wednesday evening. The results of the lottery will air on NBCSN at 6 PM CT.

The top two picks in the 2021 NHL Draft are up for grabs, with Buffalo having the best odds to land the top selection (again).

Here are the odds:

Seattle joins the lottery this year with the third-best odds. Arizona has forfeited its first-round pick this year.

32 thoughts on “2021 NHL Draft Lottery is tonight

  • June 2, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Draft picks sometimes work out ! The Blackhawks got lucky with some of their picks from 2005 to 2009 ! Some worked out ! You roll the dice when you pick a player ! Just give me a few Western Canadian kids that have rode the buses in the winter ! Philip

  • June 2, 2021 at 11:46 am

    when the time comes take the best talent with the first pick and players with size in the following rounds. can’t keep fighting uphill with additional smurfs.

  • June 2, 2021 at 12:18 pm

    2.7%…….I guess that’s better than a Million to 1 eh
    Doesn’t matter, Bowman will screw this up too and keeps selecting tiny dancing D men that can’t defend

  • June 2, 2021 at 12:55 pm

    Isn’t this one hell of a peer group to be in?

    Aside from Carolina, Florida and Edmonton, here are the perennial losers that have been in the lottery at least 3 out of the last 4 years: LAD, LAK, DET, VAN, OTT, ARI, NYR, NJD, PHI and your CHICAGO BLACKHAWKS!

    So, much for drafting your way to the Stanley Cup.

    One is often judged by the company they keep.

  • June 2, 2021 at 2:27 pm

    Your Stanley Cup champion blackhawks!

    Was this not one hell of a nucleus all drafted by Chicago?

    Kane, Seabrook, Keith, Crawford….so much for not drafting your way to the Stanley Cup.

  • June 2, 2021 at 2:35 pm

    I better add third overall draft pick Jonathan Toews to the StanleyCup nucleus.

  • June 2, 2021 at 2:45 pm

    Stape, good points. but, that was an entirely different regime.

    Unfortunately, today’s Blackhawks seem stuck in the same rut as the perennial losers.

    Florida was in the lottery for the 3 years prior to this one and they managed to dig themselves out of the hole they were in.

    So, it can be done. I just don’t see the Blackhawks making the same sort of progress as Florida. Although, Florida has not won anything, yet.

  • June 2, 2021 at 3:27 pm

    JG – Yeah I’m not using FLA as my role model either

  • June 2, 2021 at 3:50 pm

    Unfortunately if you have very little depth in the system and very little depth on the nhl roster it is going to take time. No such thing as quick fix.

    If there was a quick fix wouldn’t all of the bottom feeders have turned into contenders by now?

    With the goofy lottery teams that should have zero chance of getting a top 3 overall pick are by the lottery getting picks in the top 3 that they dont really deserve based on finish. This is making it more difficult for the bottom feeders to become relevant.
    The bottom team should get the first pick overall. Second worst second pick and so on.

    I totally understand that high draft picks can be a bust.
    The other side of the same coin is if the draft pick turns into a star it will be a huge building block. Obviously you must get lucky while drafting.

    Draft picks are the lifeline of every franchise. Without draft picks if you are a bottom feeder you are screwed.
    If you are a contender and you continue to dump draft picks your core players will eventually become old and you will turn into the Kings, Deadwings and our Blackhawks.
    Bottom line having more lottery tickets in the nhl draft is never a bad thing

  • June 2, 2021 at 4:05 pm

    Not expecting the ping pong balls to bounce our way tonight but they have before so maybe lightning strikes twice or thrice

  • June 2, 2021 at 4:12 pm

    Hey Beer, in the category of what have you done lately, I don’t recall any “tiny dancing D men” drafted by Bowman in the first three rounds of the last two drafts. Maybe I’m forgetting somebody. In any case I’m expecting to be 97.3% disappointed tonight.

  • June 2, 2021 at 4:58 pm

    2018 ,tiny dancing Boqvist and Beaudin …then there is tiny dancing Kirby Dach .

    Please remind me of the quality players on the team who were drafted in the last 5 years .

    Those names will be a statement about the Hawks ability to draft and develop.

  • June 2, 2021 at 5:55 pm


    as long as you are at it add hjalmarsson to the core.

    following are a few other hawks draft choices who were solid contributors to at least one cup:

    and lets not forget a very key draft choice who contributed greatly to all three cup winners…….. matt ellison. traded to philly (with a third round draft pick) for patrick sharp. maybe that trade was never made if ellison had not racked up 12 points in 26 games for the hawks in 2005-06.

  • June 2, 2021 at 7:11 pm

    “Mason McTavish, C, Peterborough Petes (OHL): Plays heavy and hard in every facet of the game. His great hockey sense makes him effective in all situations.”

    Hard and heavy….. Yeah, we could use some of that.

  • June 2, 2021 at 7:45 pm

    Obviously teams meed to find gems in the draft to have success, but in last 11 drafts not one player taken in the top 10 picks overall of each draft has won a cup with the team that drafted them. Only 2 i think Srrgachev and Gudbranson have won a cup with another team, unless Avs can win this year that trend may continue.

  • June 2, 2021 at 8:45 pm

    I like McTavish as I’ve stated before but his stock is rising to a point where he could very well be selected before #11

  • June 2, 2021 at 9:04 pm

    Ian obviously you are the smartest man on the site.
    Tell all of us hawks fans how you would build a Stanley Cup winner without draft picks.
    Tell us how signing Seth Jones will make our Blackhawks a cup contender.

    Let us know when Toews and Kane will lead the Hawks to the promise land.
    I’m not talking about making the playoffs. I’m talking Stanley Cup.

    While you are at it tell us when as in how high in the first round Hedman, Stamkos and Drouin were picked. Tampa traded Drouin for Sergachev and Sergachev himself was a top 10 pick.
    Did I mention that there will be no quick fix?
    Depth of these Stanley Cup winners dosent happen overnight. It sure looks like a lot high draft picks play on Cup winners or is the proof wrong?

    Let us know how many Stanley Cup rings these high drafted players have or is it coincidence they were drafted high.

  • June 2, 2021 at 9:38 pm

    Stape what i stated is just a fact if, like it or not you can’t change it.

  • June 2, 2021 at 10:03 pm

    Even though theres not many in these 10 yrs how many top 10 draft picks won how many Cups combined from 2000-2010 drafts.

    A lot.

    League is faster now then then. Difference?

    I guess most of those were generational players top 10 picks.

  • June 2, 2021 at 10:09 pm

    AAnyways we need top 12 draft picks and gems from 1st half of 2nd round/30-45 and good players from other rounds and some elites from ufa/like Soupy Hoss and draft a deep young wave that plays the current style of league and team system.

    So we have some already lets get the rest.

    Gettinga top 12 pick this draft is vital to winning another Cup. So is getting elite ufa and more ggod draft plaeyrs from later rounds.

    We need every part of it.

  • June 2, 2021 at 10:19 pm

    Well … pick#11 it is then. We won’t get Owen Power but we have a good chance to get a very good player that should be part of the rebuild in a couple years. If the Hawks had gotten lucky and ended up with the 1st pick it would have helped the rebuild but it wouldn’t have made a drastic difference because it would still be a long, slow and steady process and the player they get at #11 will be right in line with the timing of the rebuild.

    Depending on who is available at #11, I might be inclined to take a d-man that is in the 190-200 pound range who skates well rather than a middle-6 forward who may end up being more of a 3rd liner than a top-6 guy – a Lambos or Ceulemans rather than a McTavish.

  • June 3, 2021 at 12:23 am

    I agree ER. I like the idea of Ceulemans in particular. I think he`s going to be a player who eats a lot of minutes for a long time.

  • June 3, 2021 at 12:31 am

    Does not the NHL scouting prospects top 32 have a goalie in the top 10? You people are the only ones that think Lan, is a true starting goalie. Other sites think he is a backup. If there is a goalie at #11 shouldn’t SB take him? Input!

  • June 3, 2021 at 6:29 am

    Stape….”If you are a contender and you continue to dump draft picks your core players will eventually become old and you will turn into the Kings, Deadwings and our Blackhawks.”

    This rings so true……which is why I am a strong advocate of “trading one year too early rather than one year too late”. GM’s that get emotional about players hold on for too long, the result is what we have witnessed since the last cup. Don’t get me wrong, what Kane, Toews, Keith, Seabrook, Hossa, Sharp, Crawford, Saad and others have accomplished is outstanding and as a long suffering Hawks fan I am very appreciative. However, as a GM I must recognize the fact that at some point the party will end. So do I get nostalgic and keep the aging, high priced champions to the bitter end and sink into long term mediocrity (or worse) or do I trade these players while there is still high value and hopefully re-tool the team with young high ceiling albeit unproven players/draft picks but risk being public enemy #1 with the fans?

  • June 3, 2021 at 8:02 am

    Hawks 2015: The last 5 years?? StanBo got Debrincat……………..Dach has contributed. That’s your 5 years worth right there.

  • June 3, 2021 at 8:11 am

    Mo people are tryibg twist what my point is, i’m all for the younger players and have followed them continually and posted as much on here as anybody about them. What i don’t get is unless you are lucky enough to get a lotto pick in a year where there is a generational type player or 2 available, not this year by most accounts, is there an advantage to this tanking stuff and just wasting your year on that. If you go by results it appears no, even outside of 88 and 19 falling in there lap, all other top Blackhawks 10 or 12 picks in their cup building years save for Seabrook at 14 a few years earlier, yielded nothing towards cup wins. Of course drafting well and having a solid pipeline is essential and have continually said that in my posts despite how anybody wants to twist it. I am still of the opinion that coming together as a team with chemistry and that involves winning too is more important and seems to breed more success. Drafting us a big part of the process yes, but far from the only big part of it

  • June 3, 2021 at 8:40 am

    Ian, good points.

    My post about ‘drafting your way to a Cup’ was likewise misunderstood.

    Yes, the Blackhawks made good on draft picks by selecting Toews, Kane, Keith and others. But, that alone would not have been enough to win the Cups they did. Scottie Bowman came in and replaced the inexperienced coach who was in over his head with a proven winner – someone who knew how to develop young players like Kane and Hjalmarsson.

    They also augmented their roster with players like Hossa, Sharp, Frolik, Kreuger and Oduya among others. And another important aspect – some of those players brought in were utility players who were critical pieces to the team’s success.

    Someone knew how to build a Stanley Cup winning team and then actually win it 3 times.

    Again, you can’t JUST draft your way to a Cup.

  • June 3, 2021 at 8:56 am

    WINGATE…. I do not see Bowman trading Kane, Toews or Keith unless he is just dumping their contract because they are unable to play in the nhl any longer. Bowman has fallen in love with these guys which unfortunately will just prolong the agony.

    Speaking of which…Is Bowman actually doing a rebuild? If he is would he not be trading these high priced champions? This is why I am calling this a so-called rebuild and in my opinion Bowman should not be part of it.

    How does Bowman as the GM trade these Blackhawks legends that he has fallen in love with? Don’t bother wasting your time telling me that they have no-trade contracts. Bowman dosent seem to have the balls to even ask the aging stars to wave their no-trade contracts. “Corey Crawford”. I guess it was a lot less aggravation for Bowman to let Crawford become an unrestricted free agent rather than asking Crawford to wave his no-trade contract. As the GM should you not be trying to pick up assets at all times if at all possible?
    This is one of the main reasons I believe Bowman should be fired.

  • June 3, 2021 at 9:24 am

    JOHN GALT No one is saying that you can just draft your way to the cup.

    If you do win the cup the do you not believe that the teams nucleus will be comprised of some high draft picks?

    I’m not so sure that it was Bowman knew how to build a Stanley Cup winner are more of a stepping into a great situation…timing is everything.

    Very easy to misunderstand people’s comments on this site.

  • June 3, 2021 at 9:46 am

    No one is trying to twist anything Ian is trying to say.

    No one can realistically figure out what point he is trying to get across.

  • June 3, 2021 at 10:16 am

    Sure is easy to get one’s pantaloons in a wad around here. :=)

  • June 3, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Stape – Scottie Bowman – not Stan – built the Stanley Cup winning team with the same formula he used in Detroit.

    Unfortunately, Stan is in some ways doing the opposite of his father – hiring inexperienced coaches and augmenting his roster with losers like Nylander and Strome.

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