The New Jersey Devils are a growing team in the National Hockey League. They had a tough year in terms of wins and losses but the young players in the organization are very exciting. They are hoping that all of this talent starts to bring wins in the not-so-distant future.
New Jersey is no stranger to Draft Lottery success. They won it in both 2017 and 2019 which landed them Nico Hischier and Jack Hughes. Fast forward to 2022 and they are still developing and getting better but they are clearly the two best forwards on the team.
Despite that, they are still in contention for the lottery again. They are hoping that this is the last time for a while that is the case but they’d like to go with a win. These are the odds for every team that missed the postseason to win it:
- Montreal Canadiens 18.5%
- 2. Arizona Coyotes 13.5%
- Seattle Kraken 11.5%
- Philadelphia Flyers 9.5%
- New Jersey Devils 8.5 %
- Chicago Blackhawks 7.5%
- Ottawa Senators 6.5%
- Detroit Red Wings 6.0%
- Buffalo Sabres 5.0%
- Anaheim Ducks 3.5%
- San Jose Sharks 3.0%
- Columbus Blue Jackets 2.5%
- New York Islanders 2.0%
- Winnipeg Jets 1.5%
- Vancouver Canucks 0.5%
- Vegas Golden Knights 0.5%
The New Jersey Devils have the fifth-best odds to win the draft lottery.
What would winning the draft mean for New Jersey? Well, they would probably select Shane Wright who is the top prospect in the draft. If they won the right to draft second, there are five or six players for them to consider.
If they fall or stay put at 5, they might even trade it. You never know what happens now that this team looks ready to compete in 2022-23. There are good players out there that will be available on the trade market.
A team in cap trouble like the Minnesota Wild might be shipping out some great players. You never know what happens with a team like that as the Devils can afford to add a lot of cap. With some of the young players that they already have, it might be worth it.
Seeing the Devils win the lottery one more time would certainly be fun. If that were the case, they probably would not trade it but you never know. Either way, the lottery balls falling New Jersey’s way would be a result that helps New Jersey start to turn the corner.
If it’s not the Devils, we can only hope that it isn’t an Eastern Conference division rival. It would be nice to see the Montreal Canadiens lose out. It would also be a disaster if the Philadelphia Flyers won and brought him into the division. Hopefully, regardless of what happens, the Devils are better in the end.