June 26, 2020 – The logistics are settled and the odds are set, now all that’s left is to draw the ping pong balls as Phase 1 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery airs live tonight at 8 p.m. ET / 5 p.m. PT on Sportsnet and Sportsnet NOW, and on radio on Sportsnet 590 The Fan (Toronto), Sportsnet 960 The Fan (Calgary), and Sportsnet 650 (Vancouver). The half-hour special will also be available on-demand on Sportsnet NOW. NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly, and Hockey Hall of Famer Martin Brodeur are all scheduled to appear throughout the broadcast, which will be produced at NHL Network’s studio in New Jersey.
Fans in the Nation’s Capital eagerly await tonight’s results as the Ottawa Senators hold the combined highest odds of winning the lottery and a chance to draft hockey’s next superstar and consensus first overall pick, Alexis Lafrenière, who is also scheduled to join the broadcast.
Sportsnet’s coverage of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery begins with Tim & Sid at 5 p.m. ET / 2 p.m. PT on Sportsnet 360 and Sportsnet 590 The Fan. Immediately following the lottery, a special NHL Draft episode of In Conversation with Ron MacLean airs live at 8:30 p.m. ET / 5:30 p.m. PT on Sportsnet, Sportsnet 590 The Fan, Sportsnet 960 The Fan, Sportsnet 650, sportsnet.ca, and Sportsnet’s YouTube channel. Fans can continue to feed their need for NHL Draft content throughout the night with David Amber providing instant analysis, while Jeff Marek and Elliotte Friedman offer a live edition of #ASK31. Special guests scheduled to appear on Sportsnet throughout the evening include Lafrenière, Sportsnet insider Sam Cosentino, plus NHLPA Executive Director Donald Fehr and Ottawa Senators General Manager Pierre Dorion. Marek and Friedman’s 31 Thoughts Podcast, featuring extensive draft lottery coverage and discussions with NHL GMs, airs tomorrow. All content is available on sportsnet.ca.
Phase 2 of the 2020 NHL Draft Lottery, if necessary, will be conducted between the Qualifying Round and First Round of the 2020 Stanley Cup Playoffs (exact date and time TBD). For a thorough explanation of the lottery format, read Emily Sadler’s 2020 NHL Draft Lottery Primer.
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