With playoffs about to begin, teams that have earned a spot in the post season turn their attention to their first round matchup. Meanwhile, non-playoff bound teams focus on something completely different – the NHL draft lottery.

The lottery decides the NHL draft order, with most teams falling into place as to how far from the bottom of the standings they finished. The lottery aspect, however, allows all lottery picks an opportunity to fall into a top three draft position.

That’s how the New Jersey Devils, the New York Rangers, and the Chicago Blackhawks ended up 1-2-3 in the lottery on Tuesday.



After the draft was all said and done, the hockey world chimed in on its results. One of the main themes – the fact that the Sens pick, which now belongs to the Colorado Avalanche, fell from the best possible shot at a #1 pick as far as it could, to #4.