NHL Draft Lottery: Where will the Flyers pick?

Flyers' Bobby Brink
Philadelphia Flyers right wing Bobby Brink (10) celebrates with center Ryan Poehling (25) after scoring against the New York Rangers during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 11, 2024, at Madison Square Garden in New York. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

The NHL Draft lottery is set for 6:30 p.m. EST this evening on ESPN. The Flyers, who currently hold the 12th pick in the upcoming draft, have a slim chance at moving up the boards.

NHL Draft Lottery odds (per NHL.com)

San Jose Sharks18.5%
Chicago Blackhawks13.5%
Anaheim Ducks11.5%
Columbus Blue Jackets9.5%
Montreal Canadiens8.5%
Ottawa Senators6.5%
Seattle Kraken6.0%
Calgary Flames5.0%
New Jersey Devils3.5%
Buffalo Sabres3.0%
Philadelphia Flyers2.5%
Minnesota Wild2.0%
Pittsburgh Penguins*1.5%
Detroit Red Wings0.5%
St. Louis Blues0.5%

The highest the Flyers can pick in this year’s draft is 2nd due to a rule change in March 2021, and the lowest they can pick is 14th.

The Flyers hold two first-round selections in the upcoming NHL Draft – their own, and one from the Florida Panthers that was acquired in the 2022 trade that ended the iconic tenure of Claude Giroux. That selection is still up in the air after the Panthers advanced out of the opening round of the NHL playoffs. The Panthers’ selection will not be affected by tonight’s lottery as a result.

Flyers' Noah Cates NHL Draft
Philadelphia Flyers left wing Noah Cates (27), left, celebrates his goal with defenseman Cam York (8) during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres Friday, April 5, 2024, in Buffalo, N.Y. (AP Photo/Jeffrey T. Barnes)

According to Tankathon.com the Orange and Black hold a 5.1% chance to make the jump from 12 to 2, a .1% chance to move to 3rd or 4th, an 85.7% chance to stay at 12, an 8.9% shot at 13th and .2% to fall to 14th.

There is a slim chance that the Flyers are drawn in the Draft lottery, but if they are going to realistically move, their destiny very much comes down to the Minnesota Wild, St. Louis Blues, Pittsburgh Penguins, and Detroit Red Wings. They could drop as low as 14 if a combination of those teams receive a jump, although with an 85.7% chance of their pick remaining 12th overall, it feels unlikely.

The 2024 NHL Draft is scheduled for June 28-29 in Las Vegas. Stay tuned to PSN for prospect profiles once the draft order is set.

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