Draw preview: Sharks could land first or second overall pick
The annual draft lottery is set to take place today, and for the San Jose Sharks, this is the first time we’ve seen the team have a chance at making the first overall selection since 2015, when the team came out. selected Timo meier ninth overall. The last time the Sharks selected in the first round with their own selection was in 2018, when San Jose drafted Ryan Merkley 21st overall.
Last season, the Sharks selected Ozzy Wiesblatt 31st overall with the Tampa Bay selection after trading Barclay Goodrow.
So what are the odds that the Sharks can progress?
Well, the team has a 6.7% chance of picking first place, but this season there will only be two chosen ping pong balls instead of the standard three that we are used to seeing with the new draft rules in place for this year.
The Sharks have the seventh best odds in the draft and can end up in any of five draft positions; first or second in the general classification, or seventh, eighth or ninth.
Despite their arrival in the season standings, the team have been brought down to seventh place for now as the Seattle Kraken hold the third best chance of winning the first overall selection in what will be their first season as a franchise. during the upcoming 2021-22 season.
And remember, the Arizona Coyotes had to give up their top pick in the overall standings this season, so if they are selected it will result in another draw.
HISTORY OF THE SHARK LOTTERY
San Jose has made a Top 10 pick 11 times in franchise history, with their best pick being the No. 2 overall pick on three occasions. Upon their inception in 1991, the Sharks picked Pat Falloon with second pick and followed with Andrei Zyuzin in 1996 and Patrick marleau in 1997. The last time San Jose made the Top-3 was in 1998, when Brad Stuart was drafted third by the Sharks.
A few other prominent names to be selected in the Top 10 by the Sharks were Milan Michalek (2003, sixth), Devin Setoguchi (2005, eighth) by the Atlanta Thrasher’s initial pick, captain Logan Couture (ninth, 2007) using the original selection from St. Louis Blues, and Timo meier (2015, ninth).
It will also be only the fifth time under general manager Doug Wilson that the Sharks have held a Top 10 selection. With the exception of Vegas and Seattle, the Sharks are just one of six teams that did not make a Top-3 selection from the 2003 NHL Draft to the 2020 Draft (Calgary, Detroit, Minnesota , Nashville, Vancouver).
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
The lottery takes place today at 4 p.m. PST live on NBCSN at the NHL Network Studio in Secaucus, New Jersey.
There will be two draws: the first draw will determine which club will select first overall and the second draw will determine which club will select second overall. The odds will increase proportionally for the second draw depending on which club wins the first.
The 14 unselected clubs will be allocated the 3-16 caps in reverse order of the regular season standings. The Kraken will not choose less than a fifth.
The 2021 NHL Draft will be held virtually July 23-24, with Round 1 on day one, followed by 2-7 on day two. The Sharks currently hold eight picks in this year’s draft.