Dan Hickling - Hickling Images
2023 NHL Entry Draft

Chicago Blackhawks win 2023 NHL Draft Lottery

The Chicago Blackhawks have won the first overall pick at the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery and the right to draft Connor Bedard.

The Blackhawks held the third-best odds of winning the lottery going into the event, with an 11.5 percent chance of moving into the top spot in this year's draft.

When the Columbus Blue Jackets dropped from second overall into third (in a somewhat peculiar way, with the broadcast accidentally revealing as much ahead of schedule), it was a two-horse race between Chicago and the 31st-placed Anaheim Ducks.

The Blackhawks, as determined a team as any in the NHL to find themselves in this spot, from the start of the league year (and before it…) on, managed to secure the bag. They say luck is the residue of design, and you can't say that they didn't do everything in their power to secure this result at the United Center.

You can't say that the ends didn't justify the means either. As my colleague Mitch Brown outlined earlier today, Bedard is a singular talent with the ability to completely transform the short- and long-term outlook of a franchise overnight.

And it's for precisely that reason that even with consolation prizes so strong as Adam Fantilli, Matvei Michkov, and Leo Carlsson awaiting the Ducks and Blue Jackets, I can't in good conscience try to talk the fans of those teams out of being rightly devastated by today's news.

The same goes for the rest of the teams in on the Bedard sweepstakes.

This is where they each fell when it was all said and done:

  1. Chicago Blackhawks (up from No. 3)
  2. Anaheim Ducks (down from No. 1)
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets (down from No. 2)
  4. San Jose Sharks
  5. Montréal Canadiens
  6. Arizona Coyotes
  7. Philadelphia Flyers
  8. Washington Capitals
  9. Detroit Red Wings
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. Vancouver Canucks
  12. Arizona Coyotes (from Ottawa Senators)
  13. Buffalo Sabres
  14. Pittsburgh Penguins
  15. Nashville Predators
  16. Calgary Flames

You may also be interested in:
Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli, and the race for top spot in the 2023 NHL Draft
Connor Bedard, Adam Fantilli, and the race for top spot in the 2023 NHL Draft
This article is about:
2023 NHL Entry Draft Anaheim Ducks Chicago Blackhawks Columbus Blue Jackets NHL Connor Bedard
Scoring Leaders