Rangers win No. 1 pick in 2020 NHL Draft in Second Phase of Lottery
The New York Rangers have the No. 1 pick in the 2020 NHL Draft after winning the Second Phase of the NHL Draft Lottery on Monday.
The Rangers were one of the eight teams eliminated from the Stanley Cup Qualifiers. Each of those teams had a 12.5 percent chance of winning the No. 1 pick, after it was assigned in the First Phase of the lottery on June 26.
That winning placeholder, designated Team E, had a 2.5 percent chance to be assigned the No. 1 pick, the 12th-best odds among the 15 entries in the first drawing.
"The teams that are participating tonight didn't succeed in the qualifying round for the playoffs, which under a normal year would have been the equivalent of not making the Playoffs, they would have been eligible for the lottery," Commissioner Gary Bettman told NHL Network. "Our competitive balance is so extraordinary the differences between and among our clubs isn't all that great.
"So under these unusual circumstances, this made the most sense and was fair, despite who you root for and what result [it] ultimately obtains."
The Rangers finished 18th in the NHL standings this season. They are the first team to finish that high and have the No. 1 pick since the 1994 NHL Draft, when the Florida Panthers finished 16th. New York is the first team to participate in the postseason and have the No. 1 pick since the 1983 NHL Draft (Minnesota North Stars).
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