The Chicago Blackhawks will have the No. 11 overall pick in the 2021 NHL Draft after the NHL Draft Lottery on Wednesday.
The Buffalo Sabres, who at 16.6% had the best odds of winning the lottery, will have the No. 1 pick. The expansion Seattle Kraken won the No. 2 pick from the No. 3 spot, while the Anaheim Ducks moved down one spot. Chicago moved up one spot because the Arizona Coyotes forfeited their first-round selection for NHL combine testing violations.
The first round of the 2021 NHL Draft will be July 23, with rounds 2-7 on July 24.
The Blackhawks, who had the 12th-best odds (2.7%) of winning the lottery, will pick No. 11 for the sixth time in franchise history. They have selected defensemen Wayne Davidson (1963), Dave Manson (1985), and Alex Roberts (1989) and forwards Pavel Vorobiev (2000) and Kyle Beach (2008) at No. 11. Manson and Vorobiev were the only ones among the group to play for the Blackhawks.
Chicago finished nine points out of a Stanley Cup Playoff berth in the Central Division this season after defeating the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 in a best-of-five Stanley Cup Qualifiers series last season to reach the playoffs. The Blackhawks have not reached the playoffs in a traditional format since they were swept in the first round by the Nashville Predators in 2017.
Power to Buffalo
Chicago Steel alum Owen Power, a defenseman from Michigan, who is No. 1 in Central Scouting’s final ranking of North American skaters will likely be the No. 1 pick.
Power scored 16 points (three goals, 13 assists) in 26 games during his first NCAA season and was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team. The 18-year-old has three assists and is averaging 17:09 in six games for Canada at the 2021 IIHF World Championship.
Only two college players have been selected No. 1, Boston University goalie Rick DiPietro by the New York Islanders in 2000 and Michigan State center Joe Murphy by the Detroit Red Wings in 1986.