More Bad Luck: Red Wings Slide To Fourth In Draft

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By 97.1 The Ticket

The Red Wings caught another bad break in the lottery. 

Despite having the best odds of landing the top overall pick after finishing last in the NHL this season, Detroit slipped to fourth in the draft Friday night. 

Star winger Alexis Lafreniere will be heading somewhere else -- somewhere undetermined. The No. 1 pick will be awarded to one of the eight teams that loses in the play-in round of the playoffs. 

After Lefreniere, the next next-best players in the draft are widely considered German winger Tim Stuetzle and Canadian center Quinton Byfield. 

At No. 4, Detroit will likely pick from a group of prospects featuring wingers Lucas Raymond and Cole Perfetti and defenseman Jamie Drysdale. 

It's the fourth year in a row that the Wings have fallen in the lottery. They dropped from seventh to ninth in 2017, from fifth to sixth in 2018 and fourth to sixth in 2019. 

And it's the third time in five years since the NHL expanded the lottery that the team with the best odds has slid to No. 4. 

The Wings had an 18.5 percent chance at the No. 1 pick, and a 49.4 percent chance of picking somewhere in the top three. 

The Kings were awarded the No. 2 pick, jumping up from No. 4, while the Senators will pick third.

The date of the draft has yet to be announced.