Look on the bright side, Sharks fans.
As the team’s playoff chances plummet, the Sharks’ chances of landing Connor McDavid – generally regarded as the best prospect since Sidney Crosby – increase. Every non-playoff team will have a chance at securing the first overall pick in the draft lottery.
The Sharks are currently the second-best non-playoff team, and if the draft lottery were held today, they would have a 2.0 percent chance of landing the number one pick. After losing to the Detroit Red Wings on Thursday at home, San Jose’s playoff chances fell to 23.9 percent, according to sportsclubstats.com.
If you have a few minutes to kill, give this NHL Draft Lottery simulator a try (it took me 103 clicks before the Sharks got the top pick).
The Florida Panthers host the 2015 NHL Draft on June 26-27 at the BB&T Center.