Red Wings slide in NHL Draft lottery, will pick No. 4 overall

Red Wings slide in NHL Draft lottery, will pick No. 4 overall

Following the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, where the Detroit Red Wings learned they will be selecting No. 4 in this year's draft, general manager Steve Yzerman spoke to the media via a conference call.

Alexis Lafreniere will have to wait a little longer to find out where he'll start his National Hockey League career. Well, no one did.

The Sabres have selected defenseman Rasmus Ristolainen (2013), forward Alexander Nylander (2016) and center Casey Mittelstadt (2017) eighth overall.

The NHL held eight placeholder spots in the lottery for teams competing in the league's resume to play.

The 6-foot-1, 200-pound-Lafreniere had 114 goals and 297 points in 173 games with Rimouski in the Quebec Major Junior League.

Picks No. 9-15 will be assigned to the other seven teams that lose in the play-in round, in inverse order of their points percentage. The eight losing teams from the opening round of the playoffs will each have a 12.5 percent chance of winning the top selection as a built-in consolation prize. If the Canucks lose to the Minnesota Wild, they'll actually have a better chance of picking first overall this year, when they contended for the playoffs, than they did in 2016, when they finished third-last in the league and had an 11½ per cent chance of winning the draw for first overall.

After the league-worst Detroit Red Wings dropped to fourth, the Los Angeles Kings got the second pick, and the Ottawa Senators ended up with Nos. 3 and 5 because of the 2018 Erik Karlsson trade with San Jose. The 18-year-old from St-Eustache, Que., was also named MVP of the 2020 world junior hockey championship after helping lead Canada to gold.

"Every team but one, actually", Yzerman said. "He knows what needs to be done, and he can go out and make that happen".

Say hello to PLACEHOLDER TEAM, Alexis Lafreniere.

Behind him, Adler Mannheim's Tim Stutzle and OHL Sudbury's Quinton Byfield are the projected next best of the 2020 draft class. "There's some big-time players".

A second phase to the draft lottery will take place after the qualifying round, which is scheduled to be played during the first two weeks in August.

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