Today the Vegas Golden Knights are going into their first ever NHL Lottery Draft with high hopes in snagging the 1st overall pick in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft that is coming in Chicago, IL which will be hosted the Blackhawks organization.

For McPhee and the Golden Knights organization they hold the third best odd’s with the Arizona Coyotes at 10.321% in winning the top prize in the draft. Colorado and Vancouver have a much higher percentage odd’s at potentially securing the 1st overall in this years draft at 12.124% and 17.936% respectively.

You are probably wondering how the whole process works.

Instructions to the lottery draft below are provided by the NHL.

The machine expels four balls, forming a series of numbers. The four-digit series resulting from the expulsion of the balls is matched against a probability chart that divides the possible combinations among the 15 participating clubs.

At the beginning of the lottery it starts off with three separate drawings. The first lottery draw confirms the first overall selection, the second signifies the second overall pick, and the third identifies the third overall selection. Piece of cake right. The results of these drawings are made off-camera.

Previous lottery draft rules by the NHL.

The odds for the remaining teams will increase on a proportionate basis for the 2nd Lottery Draw, based on which club wins the 1st Lottery Draw, and again for the 3rd Lottery Draw, based on which club wins the 2nd Lottery Draw.

The 12 clubs not selected in the NHL Draft Lottery will be assigned NHL Draft selections 4 through 15, in inverse order of regular-season points.

Below is the complete odds chart for this years NHL Lottery Draft.

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(2017 NHL Lottery Draft Odds Chart courtesy of Sportsnet.ca)

Top Prospects Chart for the 2017 NHL Draft is as follows.

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(Top Prospects Chart for 2017 courtesy of Sportsnet.ca)

The 2017 NHL Lottery is scheduled to take place today at 7:30 p.m. ET./4:30 p.m PT prior to game 2 of the Washington Capitals vs Pittsburgh Penguins series.

CBC and Sportsnet in Canada will broadcast the event for their English speaking audiences while TVA will provide the French speaking broadcast in Canada, in the United States viewers can catch the lottery on NBC. In your respective marketplaces check your local listings.

The event will be hosted in Toronto, Canada at CBC headquarters Hockey Central Studio. General Managers/Representatives of all 15 teams participating in the NHL Lottery Draft will be in attendance.

So Vegas hockey fans wherever you are make sure to tune in to this years NHL Lottery Draft.

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