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NHL-worst Sharks win lottery, proper to decide on No. 1

Greg Wyshynski, ESPNMay 7, 2024, 07:19 PM ET Close Greg Wyshynski is ESPN’s senior NHL writer. SECAUCUS, N.J. — Macklin Celebrini watched NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly slowly flip the placard to reveal that the San Jose Sharks had secured the first overall pick in the 2024 NHL draft lottery Tuesday night. “My heart was

NHL-worst Sharks win lottery, proper to decide on No. 1

  • Greg Wyshynski, ESPNCould 7, 2024, 07:19 PM ET

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SECAUCUS, N.J. — Macklin Celebrini watched NHL deputy commissioner Invoice Daly slowly flip the placard to disclose that the San Jose Sharks had secured the primary general decide within the 2024 NHL draft lottery Tuesday night time.

“My coronary heart was beating. You may’t actually put together for it. It is so distinctive, so particular,” stated Celebrini, the Boston College star who is anticipated to be the primary general decide within the NHL draft, set for The Sphere in Las Vegas in June. “It was pleasure and, actually, a bit of anxious.”

The Sharks completed final within the general standings (19-54-9) and retained their place within the lottery. San Jose had an 18.5% probability to win the lottery and a 25.5% probability to select first.

The lottery proved anticlimactic with no adjustments to the draft order this season. The Chicago Blackhawks, who chosen middle Connor Bedard with the No. 1 decide final yr, retained the No. 2 choice, adopted by the Anaheim Ducks at No. 3.

Sharks normal supervisor Mike Grier indicated that his group would choose Celebrini with the primary general decide.

“I might assume so,” he stated. “It wasn’t a straightforward yr, however this was an actual good prize for us.”

Celebrini, a Vancouver native, has ties to the Bay Space. He’s the son of Rick Celebrini, the Golden State Warriors director of sports activities medication and efficiency. Macklin lived within the San Jose space and performed for the San Jose Junior Sharks 14U AAA group.

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Celebrini, 17, was a freshman at Boston College final season. He received the Hobey Baker Award because the NCAA’s high males’s hockey participant and will turn out to be the primary participant to win that award after which go first general within the NHL draft. He stated he’ll make the choice to both return to BU or play within the NHL subsequent season after the draft.

Grier stated the Sharks will communicate with Celebrini and his household to see what his intentions are however that the middle has “the power to play” within the NHL instantly.

Celebrini stated he spoke with Bedard and different high prospects who have been drafted to rebuilding groups just like the Sharks. “It is a distinctive scenario simply going into that,” he stated. “Nevertheless it’s sort of cool constructing one thing particular there.”

The NHL draft was held on the NHL Community studios. There have been 19 individuals in a small, windowless room, together with three media observers. A video display displayed every group’s odds for the primary general decide. In entrance of the display was a lottery machine connected to a hand-held management operated by Will Markham, a machine technician.

Balls numbering one by means of 14 have been loaded into the machine one after the other. Commissioner Gary Bettman addressed the room with a prolonged rationalization of the draft lottery guidelines and defined the drawing course of: A four-number mixture that was randomly assigned to one of many 14 groups within the lottery can be drawn. In complete, there have been 1,001 doable combos. The groups have been allotted plenty of combos primarily based on their lottery odds.

With an NHL digital camera rolling, Bettman held up his cellphone to point out the lottery began at 5:38 p.m. ET. He held up that day’s copies of The Wall Avenue Journal and The New York Occasions entrance pages to certify the date.

There have been two lottery attracts, one for the primary general decide and one for the second choice. The balls have been drawn each 20 seconds, with an NHL worker shouting “draw!” on the finish of every interval.

The primary quantity mixture was 10-2-7-11, so as, drawn at 5:50 p.m.

Scott Clarke of Ernst and Younger confirmed that the Sharks owned that mixture.

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The drawing for the second general decide was 2-8-4-11. The winner was the Sharks, that means it needed to be redrawn. The redraw was 14-11-3-9. Once more, the winner was the Sharks.

“We have by no means had a redraw earlier than and now we’ve two,” stated Bettman, glancing at Markham. “I hope your finger is not getting drained.”

The fourth drawing was 6-11-3-14. Clarke confirmed that mixture belonged to the Blackhawks, that means the 2 groups with the most effective lottery odds ended up with the highest two picks.

As Bettman left the room, NHL workers started securing group logos to placards with the NHL protect on them. They have been transported to the TV studio to be revealed stay on the air by Daly.

Celebrini took half within the stay TV broadcast of the draft and was on digital camera when Daly revealed the Sharks had received it. The NHL prospect stated he obtained recommendation about tips on how to react to the revelation of the primary general decide.

“Just a bit heads up from everybody, simply tips on how to react,” Celebrini stated. “Clearly, it is stay.”

A part of that recommendation was a cautionary story: That point in 2015 when presumed first general decide Connor McDavid turned an on the spot meme for his surprised response to the Edmonton Oilers profitable the lottery.

“Yeah, that is what everybody introduced as much as me,” Celebrini stated. “He had a singular expertise.”

The order of choice for the primary 16 picks of the primary spherical:

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1. San Jose Sharks

2. Chicago Blackhawks

3. Anaheim Geese

4. Columbus Blue Jackets

5. Montreal Canadiens

6. Utah

7. Ottawa Senators

8. Seattle Kraken

9. Calgary Flames

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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 NHL draft will likely be held at The Sphere in Las Vegas on June 28-29. It marks the primary time the draft will likely be held in Las Vegas and the primary occasion televised stay from The Sphere.

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