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Hope springs eternal for Vancouver Canucks fans again ahead of NHL Draft Lottery

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The NHL Draft Lottery will take place in Toronto at 5:00 p.m. PST on Tuesday

The Vancouver Canucks have a five per cent chance of winning the NHL Draft Lottery

TORONTO (NEWS 1130) – Will the Vancouver Canucks finally get lucky at the NHL draft?

The NHL draft lottery will be held this afternoon, giving the teams that didn’t make the playoffs the chance to get a blue chip prospect.

James Cybulski with Sportsnet 650 says the odds are the Canucks will pick ninth overall — but they could end up with the Number One pick.

“They have a five per cent chance of winning the lottery. Five per cent. So Lloyd Christmas from Dumb and Dumber would say, ‘you’re telling me there’s a chance?’ There’s a five per cent chance, and it’s a slim one.”

Most experts believe Jack Hughes — the younger brother of the Canucks’ Quinn Hughes — will go first overall, with Kaapo Kakko — a Finnish player — also among the top prospects.

Cybulski adds there isn’t really a generational franchise talent like Connor McDavid, Sidney Crosby, or Auston Matthews this time around.

For those who are unfamiliar, the draft lottery is in place to essentially prevent teams from “just outright tanking,” Cybulski explains.

“Because even if you are the worst possible team imaginable, it doesn’t assure you the top overall pick. It only gives you a 25 per cent chance.”

Cybulski notes this is “a fascinating year,” explaining the Canucks won’t trade their first-round pick because the draft itself will be held here in Vancouver.

“Is it conceivable they could try to make a play to move up? Not crazy based on the name Hughes being near the top of the leader board. Crazier things have happened, but we’ll just have to wait and see.”

The NHL Draft Lottery will be held in Toronto starting at 5:00 p.m. PST. The NHL Draft will be held in Vancouver at Rogers Arena in June.

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