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A look at Flyers' draft lottery odds for 'first round with some depth' originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia
It's that time of year in which NHL clubs hope the ping-pong balls bounce in their favor.
The Flyers will learn their first-round fate Wednesday night in the 2021 NHL draft lottery.
Here are the essentials:
When: 7 p.m. ET
Where: Secaucus, New Jersey
Broadcast/live stream: NBC Sports Network
For the 2021 NHL draft, the Flyers are currently slotted at 14th overall, where they're most likely to stay. They hold a 1.8 percent chance to climb to the No. 1 overall pick and a 2.0 percent chance to grab the second overall selection. There's a 4.9 percent chance they fall to No. 15.
This year's lottery, which includes the expansion Seattle Kraken, will have a first draw to determine the top overall pick and a following draw to declare the second overall selection.
The Flyers have seven picks in the July 23-24 draft, which will be held virtually.
"It's a decent draft," Flyers assistant general manager Brent Flahr said Tuesday to NBC Sports Philadelphia. "There's no Connor McDavids in the draft, but there are some good players at the top, it's pretty as advertised with a number of those kids. Then it kind of muddies a little bit, it'll be interesting to see how it falls.
"There are a lot of guys that are good prospects at different levels. It will be interesting to see if teams go with players that they know or have a better comfort level with versus players that potentially have more upside that haven't been seen as much."
In 2017, the Flyers shocked as an improbable raffle winner by jumping from the 13th draft position to No. 2 overall. They had only a 2.4 percent chance at the second pick but landed it, selecting Nolan Patrick out of the WHL.
The 2021 draft will be the Flyers' third under Flahr and general manager Chuck Fletcher, who took over the club's reins in December 2018. In the 2019 and 2020 drafts, the Flyers used their first-round selections on Cam York and Tyson Foerster, respectively.
"This year, there's probably more variety," Flahr said of the first round. "There's a couple of quality defensemen early in the draft, there's a few centermen, a few scoring wingers — there's different variety and even a couple of goaltenders for the first round this year.
"Our staff has done a good job, our regional guys stayed in their leagues for the most part. Obviously certain guys traveled as much as they could, but we've got quality viewings on everybody with the exception of Ontario (OHL season was canceled because of COVID-19); we've seen as much as anybody else has and we've done whatever we can for video.
"First round is a decent first round with some depth. There's a drop-off point, but we're pretty confident we're getting a good player at 14 if that's where we pick."
Here are the odds for the No. 1 overall pick among the 16 lottery clubs:
1. Buffalo Sabres — 16.6 percent
2. Anaheim Ducks — 12.1 percent
3. Seattle Kraken — 10.3 percent
4. New Jersey Devils — 10.3 percent
5. Columbus Blue Jackets — 8.5 percent
6. Detroit Red Wings — 7.6 percent
7. San Jose Sharks — 6.7 percent
8. Los Angeles Kings — 5.8 percent
9. Vancouver Canucks — 5.4 percent
10. Ottawa Senators — 4.5 percent
*11. Arizona Coyotes — 3.1 percent
12. Chicago Blackhawks — 2.7 percent
13. Calgary Flames — 2.2 percent
14. Philadelphia Flyers — 1.8 percent
15. Dallas Stars — 1.4 percent
16. New York Rangers — 1.0 percent
*The NHL announced the forfeiture of the Arizona Coyotes' 2021 first-round pick in sanctions released on Aug. 26, 2020. The Coyotes being selected in either lottery draw will result in a redraw.
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