On Monday night, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman will draw a lottery ball on live television to determine which team will pick first in the 2020 NHL Draft. That team will earn the right to select Alexis Lafreniere, the 18-year-old winger who is considered the consensus top overall pick (and potential generational talent).

Lafreniere projects to be a highly skilled, dynamic offensive force at the NHL level, and he’s expected to be ready to make an immediate impact for whatever team he goes to. Not only does he have exceptional hands, creativity and vision, he’s also capable of making plays in the blue-collar areas as well. 

Landing him could be a defining moment for one lucky franchise, but eight teams are still in the running and each of them have a 12.5 percent chance of getting that top pick. During Phase 1 of the NHL Draft Lottery, “Team E” won the First Draw — meaning the top overall pick would eventually go to one of the eight teams that were eliminated in the NHL’s postseason play-in stage.

With that play-in stage now complete, we know the eight teams that are hoping to have their name called at Stage 2 of the lottery Monday night. Here’s how adding Lafreniere might affect each of those eight teams.


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