Friends, have you heard the word of Raptor Jesus today?
Rich Peverley was at the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery to represent the Dallas Stars, and you could witness the divine intervention at work as the Victory Green vaulted from a projected No. 8 draft placement to No. 3 overall.
Rich Peverley represented the Stars at the draft lottery, so he turned out to be a good luck charm.— Mark Stepneski (@StarsInsideEdge) April 30, 2017
The Detroit Red Wings, participating in their first draft lottery, will choose at No. 9.
So now come even bigger questions. If potential franchise centers Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier are off the board, as presumably they will be, will GM Jim Nill go for another high-ceiling pivot in Casey Mittelstadt or Cody Glass? Or will he look for a breakout blueliner and potential 1LD like Miro Heiskanen?
Or is that ticket good enough to buy a trade for a proven starting goalie?
The full lottery results:
1 New Jersey Devils
2 Philadelphia Flyers
3 Dallas Stars
4 Colorado Avalanche
6 Vegas Golden Knights
7 Arizona Coyotes
9 Detroit Red Wings