An eight-game losing streak this month put the Nashville Predators right in the thick of the running for a top-five draft pick in this summer’s NHL Draft, which will take place on June 30 in Newark, N.J.
Though this recent slide has eliminated the Predators from postseason contention, it has put the club in position for their first top-five pick since 1998 – their first draft when they selected David Legwand. No matter where in the top-10 they’ll be selecting, the Predators have the capability to obtain an elite talent the organization could use.
Many experts believe the top-four prospects are can’t-miss players. With just four games remaining in the season, the Predators appear to be in a spot where they could potentially get their hands on one of those prospects: defenseman Seth Jones and forwards Aleksander Barkov, Jonathan Drouin and Nathan MacKinnon. Today, the NHL released the final Central Scouting rankings for the draft.
The NHL Draft lottery, which will take place next Monday, is different compared to years past. Every non-playoff team has a chance to win the lottery and obtain the first overall selection. The last-place team has a 25.0% chance at winning the lottery; last season that team had a 48.2% chance, while teams couldn’t move up more than four spots in the order.
Through Tuesday’s action, here are the current lottery percentages for the seven-worst teams in the league:
Also, here is the remaining schedule for those seven teams:
|Tampa Bay||TOR||at BOS||FLA|
|Nashville||at DET||at CBJ|
|Calgary||at STL||at CHI|