The Vancouver Canucks pushed and pushed, but in the end their quest to qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs fell short.
The consolation prize? They could win the lottery.
The Canucks, who have won 32-15-10 in 57 games since hiring Bruce Boudreau to replace Travis Green on December 5, are now entering the 2022 NHL Draft Lottery with a chance to improve their position in the 2022 draw .
However, they are not great opportunities.
Vancouver is entering the lottery with a 0.5% chance of winning the whole thing.
Even if they do, the Canucks won’t have a chance to make the No. 1 pick thanks to the rule changes enacted last season and implemented this year.
This season, a team can move up to 10 rosters, meaning the Canucks would jump from the No. 15 pick to the No. 5 on a win. That means only the top 11 seeds qualify for the No. 1 pick, and the right to select potentially consensus No. 1 pick Shane Wright of the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League.
The number of lottery picks has also been reduced from three to two, meaning Vancouver only has two chances to jump into a more favorable position. Teams are no longer allowed to win the lottery more than twice in a five-year period, although the Canucks don’t necessarily have to worry about that just yet.
Vancouver has a 97.9% chance of selecting their original number 15 spot, according to tankathon†
The lottery is scheduled for Tuesday 10 May† Broadcast plans for the 2022 NHL Draft lottery include Sportsnet and TVA Sports in Canada and ESPN in the US.
The Montreal Canadiens, who finished last in the NHL this season after playing in the Stanley Cup final, have the best chances of winning the lottery at 18.5%.
The 2022 NHL Draft is scheduled for July 7-8 at Montreal’s Bell Center.