After failing to reach the playoffs and shaking up their management structure, the Los Angeles Kings can continue their transformation. The 2017 NHL Draft Lottery was held April 29 in Toronto and determined the draft order for the first fifteen selections.
The three drawings resulted in Los Angeles landing in the 11th overall draft pick, according to Kings:
The order of selection for the first 15 drafting positions in the First Round, only, of the 2017 NHL Draft is as follows:
New Jersey Devils
Vegas Golden Knights
Detroit Red Wings
Tampa Bay Lightning
New York Islanders
The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The upcoming 11th overall pick will be the team’s first rounder since 2014 and the highest since the Kings drafted fifth in 2009. With a record of 39-35-8, the Kings finished with the ninth-worst record but the tenth best odds of being awarded the first overall pick at 4.5 percent.
The New Jersey Devils won the top selection despite initial odds of 8.5 percent prior to the lottery. The Philadelphia Flyers came into the lottery with the second-worst odds, but made the biggest jump by coming out with the second overall pick. Rounding out the top three will be the Dallas Stars who had the eighth best chances.
Since the Kings know where they will select in the 2017 NHL Draft on June 23, new general manager Rob Blake and new head coach John Stevens will spend the upcoming weeks researching which prospects to target and figuring out how they want to draft. The Kings have emphasized defense in the past but a lack of scoring plagued their most recent season.