The NHL Draft Lottery is a little different this year, and a little more complicated. Normally by June, a Stanley Cup Champion would already be crowned, but due to the coronavirus pandemic, the playoffs have not even begun. The season was put on hold in March and, as timeline has been pushed back, the NHL Draft Lottery will take place before the playoffs occur.
This year, the NHL Draft Lottery will hold its first phase on Friday, June 26 at 8 p.m. ET. When commissioner Gary Bettman announced the 24-team return-to-play plan, he also detailed how the NHL Draft Lottery would look.
The seven teams that did not make the playoffs are automatically entered, and placeholders will be used for the eight teams that will not make it past the postseason play-in round. Those eight teams will receive the final lottery spots.
On Friday, when Phase 1 is carried out, the league will draw the first three selections of the 2020 NHL Draft. If teams still in competition are any of those three draws, a Phase 2 will take place.
After the play-in round, detailed in the return announcement, the eight teams entered into the lottery will have the same odds of being selected to move to the top three draws.
After the first three selections, the rest of the first-round will be determined by the 2019-2020 points percentage.
For more information on draft lottery process, check out our explainer on the event.
How to watch the NHL Draft Lottery:
Date: Friday, June 26
Time: 8 p.m. ET
Location: NHL studios in Secaucus, N.J.
Channel: In the US: NBCSN and the NHL Network. In Canada: Sportsnet and TVA
Streaming: FuboTV (Try with a 7-day free trial)