New York Rangers v Florida Panthers

When the NHL season wraps up on April 28th with a make-up game between the Boston Bruins and Ottawa Senators, hockey fans (and even some fringe “fans”) will turn their attention to the best tournament in sports, the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Fans of teams who missed the playoffs and missed badly, however, will have Monday circled in red for a very important reason.

This is pretty crazy. Any team that just misses playoffs – be it the Red Wings, Rangers, Flyers or whoever – could acquire a Seth Jones or Nate MacKinnon or Jonathan Drouin and randomly grab a badly needed piece to help them become not just a bottom-feeding team, but a true threat.

Still, the lower you finish, the better your odds are. Here are the odds for the very-bottom teams hoping to grab the number-one overall pick, via TSN.


Team Points Odds
30. Florida Panthers 34 25%
29. Colorado Avalanche 37 18.8%
28. Tampa Bay Lightning 38 14.2%
27. Nashville Predators 41 10.7%
26. Carolina Hurricanes 41 8.1%
25. Edmonton Oilers 41 6.2%
24. Calgary Flames 42 4.7%