On Tuesday, NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that, “The draft lottery will determine which three clubs make the first three selections in the 2020 NHL Draft and it will be conducted in one of two phases depending on the various draws."
The 15 clubs eligible to win the first three overall selections are the seven clubs that do not resume play in the NHL's 24-team playoff and the eight clubs eliminated in the qualifying (play-in) round, which includes the No. 12 Blackhawks vs. the No. 5 Oilers. So, the Hawks have a shot at another Top 3 pick.
Temporary place holders will be designated for the odds the collective group would have had.
Phase 1 of the lottery will be conducted on June 26 before the qualifying round. There will be three separate draws to determine the first, second and third overall picks.
If a Top 3 draw is won by a non-resuming club — a team that did't make it to the 24-team playoff — it receives that pick. A Phase 2 won’t be needed if draws are won by non-resuming clubs. If any of the three draws are won by a resuming club — a team in the play-in round — a Phase 2 of the draft lottery would be conducted before the conference quarterfinals.
The Blackhawks were 23rd in the league out of 31 teams (based on points: 72) at the time of NHL pause due to the COVID-19 pandemic on March 12. They could have a top-ten pick for the third consecutive year.
In last year's lottery, the Blackhawks only had an 8.2 percent chance of landing a Top 3 draft pick with being 12th in draft position but it was their lucky night. They moved up nine spots and got the No. 3 pick for the 2019 NHL Draft.
Chicago selected 6'4 center Kirby Dach third overall in last year's draft on June 21 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. Dach had 23 points (eight goals, 15 assists) in 64 games with the Blackhawks in his rookie campaign this season before the pause.
The Hawks picked defenseman Adam Boqvist at No. 8 overall in 2018. This year he had 13 points (four goals, nine assists) in 41 games and a +/- rating of -3 for his debut season before play stopped.Click here to download the new MyTeams App by NBC Sports! Receive comprehensive coverage of your teams and stream the Blackhawks easily on your device.