The first phase of the 2020 NHL draft lottery was held Friday night, as hockey inches toward a return to play, so of course things went directly off the rails.
If you're behind on how this year's draft Lottery works - and there's no way you're alone in that regard - here's a quick refresher:
Friday's drawing set the order for the top eight draft picks
If any of the league's bottom seven teams secured picks Nos. 1, 2, and 3, there would be no phase two
If a team outside of the bottom seven, represented in the lottery by a placeholder, landed in the top three, phase two would be triggered
Guess what: a qualifying round team landed in the top three on Friday night. And it didn't just land in the top three. The yet-to-be-determined team landed the dang No. 1 overall pick in the 2020 NHL draft.
Now, the league will hold a second phase draft lottery, in which all eight teams entered into the lottery will have the exact same odds (12.5 percent) of being selected as the No. 1 overall pick.
That's ... insane, and hockey fans and observers reacted accordingly:
This is amazing lmao
— Steph Driver (@StephaliciousD) June 27, 2020
Alexis Lafreniere could very well end up on an already good team in the Metropolitan Division and that's absolutely ridiculous.
— Ryan Gilbert (@RGilbertSOP) June 27, 2020
There have been many "peak NHL" moments, but tonight probably is top three.
— Anthony Mingioni (@AnthonyMingioni) June 27, 2020
This whole thing is both objectively hilarious and insanely stupid, so in other words it's basically peak NHL
— Charlie O'Connor (@charlieo_conn) June 27, 2020
it really is the absolute dumbest league on earth. respect.
— 🦖 ryan lambert 🦕 (@twolinepass) June 27, 2020
What the hell just happened in the NHL lottery lol
— k24bruno (@k24bruno) June 27, 2020
It'll be a Metro team I'll put $5 on it right now
— Yo (@FlyGoalScoredBy) June 27, 2020
— Isaac (@HOTSAMBATCHOSZN) June 27, 2020
Now, Flyers fans have a crucial choice to make: would they rather see the rival Penguins have a chance at the Stanley Cup? Or a chance at the No. 1 overall pick?
That's officially a scenario. The No. 5 seed Penguins face the No. 12 seed Canadiens in the qualifying round. If the Penguins happen to lose to the Canadiens - unlikely, but possible - they'll have a 12.5 percent chance at the No. 1 overall pick, widely expected to be winger Alexis Lafreniere.
It's kind of a tough choice.
And while it's fair to remind folks that the Penguins would still have an 87.5 percent chance of not landing the pick, here's a little weird cosmic coincidence that seems to be pointing toward Pittsburgh: the last time the Penguins picked No. 1 overall, they selected an 18-year-old Canadian forward who played for the QMJHL's Rimouski Oceanic.
His name was Sidney Crosby.
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NHL draft lottery: Hockey fans lose it over insane top 3 order shakeup originally appeared on NBC Sports Philadelphia