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– NHL Public Relations (@PR_NHL) May 8, 2023
The NHL lottery isn’t always the jackpot – but tonight, everyone’s lining up in convenience stores to buy a Power Ball ticket. And if you win, don’t complain that you’ll have to pay taxes on your winnings.
Drafting Adam Fantilli is fun, but it doesn’t change a team overnight. More than likely, Connor Bedard will have an 80-100 point season in his first campaign, and his club will be fighting for a playoff spot. The comparison is impossible with Connor McDavid, since he missed the second half of the season, but the Oilers racked up 47 wins in his second season in the Bettman circuit.
What would that mean next year? The Habs could already be trying to acquire impact players to maximize Connor Bedard’s three-year entry-level contract, and set their sights on the Stanley Cup very soon. We repeat: 1 year, 5 months and 10 days after Marc Bergevin’s dismissal.
We’re dreaming/speculating. But it’s possible that the difficult 2023-2024 season we’re imagining today will be completely different tomorrow morning, and that the long rebuild to come won’t even last two calendar years,
And it’s much the same for the eleven teams who can hope to win the first pick tonight.
The Canadiens have an 8.5% chance of winning it. That’s a lot, but not that much. That’s still 91.5% of NOT drafting first. In fact, Montreal has a much better chance of moving down one spot (44%) than up one spot or more (17.4%).
Only a few hours to go before we find out the fate of eleven franchises…
– 8 years ago.
Connor Bedard wins tournament MVP and receives an autographed Sidney Crosby stick pic.twitter.com/uYNKU8d90G
– Brick Hockey (@brickhockey) July 5, 2015
– New nickname: The Scoreless Four. Wow.
– Toronto Sun (@TheTorontoSun) May 8, 2023
– We can keep that in mind.
As recently as last year, the Devils, who had the 5th best chances of drafting at #1 (just like MTL this year) finally jumped 3 spots and inherited the 2nd selection.
I know Bedard is Bedard.
But Fantilli, let’s say….
– Anthony Martineau (@Antho_Martineau) May 8, 2023