Tomorrow is the 2010 NHL Draft lottery. It will be the day that forever changes the fortunes of the Bruins franchise for the next 20 years. The Bruins currently own the pick of the 2nd worst team in the league.
If any team not named the Panthers, Lightning, Islanders, or Blue Jackets win the lottery, the Bruins will be picking either 1st or 2nd overall, with a good chance of landing winger Taylor Hall.
Now whether Hall is of the Patrick Kane mold or the Stamkos mold when it comes to scoring, that is to be seen, but for now he is seen as a franchise winger.
Even if Tyler Seguin falls to the B’s at number 2, he could end up being one of more dominant two way forwards in the league who can also score in bunches. Either one is a the young franchise forward this team has been in search for since the days of Joe Thornton.
If the Bruins fall to number three, it’s still okay. Cam Fowler could be the next Drew Doughty. The issue is that defense solves little to nothing for the Bruins.
We can only pray the ping pong balls go our way, and we don’t get the Boston Celtics curse. We’ve won the lottery once, let’s make it two for two.
Retaining 1st overall
1995 Ottawa (LA won moving 7th to 3rd)
1999 Tampa Bay (Chicago won moving 8th to 4th)
2005 St. Louis
2008 Tampa Bay
2009 New York Islanders
50% of the lotteries have retained the 1st overall pick, while only 35.7% of worst teams actually won the lottery.
Moving from 2nd place to 1st
Moving from 3rd to 1st
1998 Tampa Bay (San Jose’s pick)
28.5% of lotteries were won by the 3rd overall team.
Moving from 4th to 1st
7.1% of lotteries
Moving from 5th to 1st
2000 New York Islanders
2007 Chicago Blackhawks
14.3% of lotteries.
35.7% of last place teams won lottery
0% of 2nd place teams won lottery
28.5% 3rd place teams won lottery
7.1% 4th place teams won lottery
14.3% 5th place teams won lottery
0% 6th place teams won lottery
7.1% 7th place teams won lottery
7.1% 8th place teams won lottery
50% worst teams selected 1st overall.