Despite 3rd-best odds at top pick, Seattle Kraken get No. 4 in NHL Draft

May 10, 2022, 4:12 PM
Seattle Kraken Ron Francis Dave Hakstol...
Seattle Kraken coach Dave Hakstol and GM Ron Francis talk during the 2021 NHL Expansion Draft. (Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)
(Photo by Alika Jenner/Getty Images)

The Seattle Kraken outdid their odds in their first NHL Draft Lottery last year. The opposite is true for 2022.

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The Kraken landed the No. 4 overall pick for the upcoming draft despite having the third-best odds in the league at the No. 1 overall selection.

The Montreal Canadiens received the top pick, which will make for quite the scene as the draft will take place July 7-8 at their home arena, the Bell Centre. The New Jersey Devils were the luckiest team in the lottery, landing at No. 2 despite having the fifth-best odds.

According to NHL reporter Frank Seravalli, Montreal is the first team since Toronto in 1985 to have the top pick for an NHL Draft that it is hosting.

Ahead of the Kraken at No. 3 are the Arizona Coyotes, who were one of two teams with better odds than Seattle along with Montreal.

The Seattle Kraken had the No. 2 pick in 2021 where they took Matty Beniers out of Michigan. They were tied for third-best odds last year. Beniers joined the team late this season, playing well after wrapping up his college career with the Wolverines’ appearance in the Frozen Four.

Here’s the full look at how the NHL Draft Lottery shook out Tuesday afternoon:

1 – Montreal Canadiens
2 – New Jersey Devils
3 – Arizona Coyotes
4 – Seattle Kraken
5 – Philadelphia Flyers
6 – Columbus Blue Jackets (via Chicago Blackhawks)
7 – Ottawa Senators
8 – Detroit Red Wings
9 – Buffalo Sabres
10 – Anaheim Ducks
11 – San Jose Sharks
12 – Columbus Blue Jackets
13 – New York Islanders
14 – Winnipeg Jets
15 – Vancouver Canucks
16 – Vegas Golden Knights

We will have a look at potential Kraken draft picks on the site from Kraken insider Andy Eide later this week.

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