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Sharks win 2024 NHL Draft Lottery, get No. 1 pick for June 28-29 draft at Sphere in Las Vegas


The San Jose Sharks and Chicago Blackhawks own the first and second overall drafting positions, respectively, for the first round of the 2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft as a result of the 2024 NHL Draft Lottery, conducted May 7 at NHL Network’s Secaucus, N.J., studio.

Participants in the draft lottery included all teams that did not qualify for the 2024 Stanley Cup
Playoffs (or the teams that have acquired the first-round drafting positions of those non-playoff teams).

Two draws were conducted to determine the order of selection for the first 16 picks in the first
round of the draft. Among the changes to the draft lottery format announced on March 23, 2021, there
was a limit on the total number of selections (10) a team participating in the Draft Lottery could “move up” in the event it won one of the lottery draws. Thus, only the top 11 seeds were eligible to receive the first overall selection.

The order of selection for the first 16 picks of the first round, only, of the 2024 Upper Deck NHL
Draft is as follows:

  1. San Jose Sharks
  2. Chicago Blackhawks
  3. Anaheim Ducks
  4. Columbus Blue Jackets
  5. Montreal Canadiens
  6. Utah
  7. Ottawa Senators
  8. Seattle Kraken
  9. Calgary Flames
  10. New Jersey Devils
  11. Buffalo Sabres
  12. Philadelphia Flyers
  13. Minnesota Wild
  14. San Jose Sharks (from Pittsburgh)
  15. Detroit Red Wings
  16. St. Louis Blues
    *The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

In the drawing that determined the No. 1 drafting position, the Sharks’ combinations had the
greatest percentage likelihood of being selected based on inverse order of regular-season finish (18.5%). The Sharks have never selected first overall in franchise history. San Jose has picked second
overall three times: 1991 (Pat Falloon), 1996 (Andrei Zyuzin) and 1997 (Patrick Marleau).

The 2024 Upper Deck NHL Draft will be held at Sphere in Las Vegas on Friday, June 28 and
Saturday, June 29. It marks the first time the draft will be held in Las Vegas and the first event televised
live from Sphere. The event will take place over two days: Friday, June 28 (Round 1, televised on ESPN, ESPN+, Sportsnet and TVA Sports, starting at 4 p.m. PT) and Saturday, June 29 (Rounds 2-7, televised on
ESPN+, NHL Network, Sportsnet and SN1, starting at 8:30 a.m. PT).

NHL Central Scouting has released its final rankings for the 2024 NHL Draft, where Boston
University (Hockey East) forward Macklin Celebrini, who played for the San Jose Jr. Sharks’ 14U AAA team in 2019-20, tops the list of North America-based skaters and Nizhny Novgorod (KHL) defenseman Anton Silayev leads all Europe-based skaters.

The 2024 NHL Scouting Combine, showcasing the top draft-eligible North American and
international prospects, will be held from June 2-8 at KeyBank Center and LECOM Harborcenter in
Buffalo, N.Y.

Photo/San Jose Sharks/NHL

— NHL Public Relations

(May 9, 2024)

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