The odds were not in the Ducks’ favor on Tuesday in the NHL draft lottery. They had a 3.5% chance of vaulting from 10th into the top spot for the league’s entry draft July 7-8 at Montreal’s Bell Centre. Instead, they remained 10th out of the 16 teams that failed to qualify for the playoffs.
The Montreal Canadiens won the lottery, their reward for finishing 32nd and last in the overall standings. The New Jersey Devils jumped from fifth to second, the Arizona Coyotes dropped from second to third, the Philadelphia Flyers fell from fourth to fifth and the Seattle Kraken went from third to fourth.
Montreal had an 18.5% shot at the top pick, tops among the lottery teams.
The final 16 slots will be determined by the ongoing playoffs.
The Ducks have two picks in the first round and two more in the second among their eight selections in July, General Manager Pat Verbeek’s first entry draft with the club. Next year, they have one first-round selection along with three second-round picks and two in the third among their nine picks.
Verbeek was hired on Feb. 3 to replace Bob Murray, who resigned on Nov. 10.
Shane Wright, a center with the Kingston Frontenacs of the junior-level Ontario Hockey League, is the top-ranked player going into the draft. Wright had 32 goals and 62 assists in 63 regular-season games. However, this year’s draft is not considered as deep…