Well that sucked.
In the first ever official competition the Vegas Golden Knights participated in, they came up with the worst possible result. With a 10.3% chance to pick first, and about a 35% chance to pick in the top three, the Golden Knights crapped out and wound up with the 6th pick, the lowest they could get, which had about an 19% chance.
The day started out pretty tough as George McPhee didn’t even make it to Toronto.
Due to travel complications, George McPhee will be unable to attend the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery in person. In his place will be Tom Poraszka.
— Vegas Golden Knights (@GoldenKnights) April 29, 2017
The New Jersey Devils won the lottery with their 8.5% chance, Philadelphia hit the second lottery with just a 2.4% shot, and Dallas moved up from 8th to 3rd with their 6.4% chance.
This disaster of a lottery can really be tracked back to one poor decision from the team.
And he decided to leave Stanley the Rooster home rather than try to explain to Canadian Customs officials why the gift given to the team by the Mandarin Oriental in February during Chinese New Year should be allowed into the country as a good luck prop. -Steve Carp, LVRJ
In all seriousness, dropping to the 6th pick isn’t the end of the world, but it does make things a bit more difficult on McPhee. There are two players widely considered to be the cream of the crop in the draft, and with the lottery “loss” it’s highly unlikely the Golden Knight will move up to get either. In fact, McPhee has already ruled it out.
Just spoke with @GoldenKnights GM George McPhee, I asked if he is considering moving the 6th overall pick…”we’re not trading the pick”
— Vince Sapienza (@VinceSapienza) April 30, 2017
Vegas did however almost win the third lottery. If only that 13 were a 14.
One more: Stars got 3rd pick with number combo 2, 6, 8, 13. Coyotes had 2, 6, 8, 12. Vegas Golden Knights had 2, 6, 8, 14. #NHLDraftLottery
— Mike Johnston (@MikeyJ_MMA) April 30, 2017
The NHL has yet to release the video of the actual lottery and the combination guide, but we’ll keep an eye out for it and post it on the site when we find it.
As for now though, after 10 months of existence, the Golden Knights have tasted their first defeat in the NHL, and it came at the hands of some ping pong balls. Hopefully things go better on the ice.
**At least we had fun at Miller’s at our Draft Lottery Party. Thanks to all that came out**
— Coach Dave Aikman (@AikmanCMU) April 29, 2017
— Jason R. Pothier (@JRPothier) April 29, 2017
— Tony Cordasco (@TonyDasco) April 29, 2017
— Knights TradeCentral (@knightstradecen) April 29, 2017
— Trevor Whitehead (@TrevorWhitehead) April 30, 2017
— Justin Gannon (@JAGannon) April 30, 2017
— Clayton Hamilton (@Clayton_JoeFan) April 30, 2017
— Tony Cordasco (@TonyDasco) April 30, 2017
The Vegas Golden Knights suffer their first loss in the NHL with the No. 6 pick in the NHL Draft Lottery. Fans were hoping for a Top 3 pick. pic.twitter.com/TblPa8Y6Ar
— Arash Markazi (@ArashMarkazi) April 30, 2017