2023 NHL Draft Lottery: Blackhawks get No. 1 pick (2024)

The Chicago Blackhawks won Monday’s NHL Draft Lottery, locking up the No. 1 pick in the 2023 draft. Anaheim, Columbus, San Jose and Montreal will round out the top five. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Chicago entered Monday’s lottery with an 11.5 percent chance at landing the No. 1 pick after finishing the regular season with a 26-49-7 record.
  • This is the second time in franchise history the Blackhawks have the No. 1 selection. They previously took Patrick Kane in 2007.
  • Connor Bedard, 17, is the No. 1 prospect in The Athletic’s NHL Draft consensus ranking.

The Athletic’s instant analysis:

What this means for Chicago

There’s a lot to unpack with tonight’s result, but it’s hard not to start with the Blackhawks and how well-positioned they now appear to transition out of the Toews-and-Kane with a new face of the franchise. They were the team with the blankest slate. The fewest long-term cap commitments. No real core. The most picks in the next three drafts.

Now the world is their oyster, with an injection of youth that should help to support a true star talent in Bedard. If they can get the timeline right, that blank canvas could be a blessing. — Wheeler

GO DEEPERFor Blackhawks, Connor Bedard completes one process and begins a new one

Outlook for teams who missed out on Bedard

When there’s so much attention on one player, as is rightfully the case with Bedard this year, I think it’s easy to lose the forest for the trees if you’re a fan of a team that doesn’t win the It player. On that front, I wouldn’t consider the Ducks falling to two (which still required winning one of the two draws), nor the Blue Jackets falling to three, nor the Sharks or Canadiens staying put, anything to get too broken up about if you’re in their shoes.

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Whether it’s Adam Fantilli, Leo Carlsson, Will Smith or maybe even Matvei Michkov, I believe each of those teams will have an opportunity to draft a true frontline player for their franchise moving forward — potential stars, and all-stars, and point per game players or challengers.

Once everyone decompresses, I’d suspect there will be a lot of folks happy with their team’s outcomes in the 2023 draft. — Wheeler

Where the Ducks may go at No. 2

The Ducks are understandably disappointed at how the lottery turned out. Bedard was the big prize and the reward, if you will, for having the worst season in franchise history. An amped-up crowd at an Anaheim restaurant was distinctly let down by the appearance of the Blackhawks logo when deputy commissioner Bill Daly turned over the “1” placard.

But general manager Pat Verbeek turned that around and emphasized that having the No. 2 pick would leave them with a player they covet for a patient rebuild that isn’t named Bedard. It could be Michigan’s Fantilli, the best player in college hockey last season that would be the top choice in other years.

And it might not be if Verbeek and his staff project Carlsson or another elite-level pick this year as someone that could approach Bedard of having the best career out of anyone in this draft. The good thing for Anaheim is that it isn’t desperate to have a franchise center with Trevor Zegras and Mason McTavish already occupying the top two spots in the middle.

Whatever direction they do turn, the Ducks will add a top player to a core that has those two along with Troy Terry and Jamie Drysdale. There are worst positions to be in. —Stephens

GO DEEPERDraft lottery leaves Ducks fans deflated again — but hopeful about 'game-changer' at No. 2

Full 2023 NHL Draft Lottery results

  1. Chicago Blackhawks
  2. Anaheim Ducks
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets
  4. San Jose Sharks
  5. Montreal Canadiens
  6. Arizona Coyotes
  7. Philadelphia Flyers
  8. Washington Capitals
  9. Detroit Red Wings
  10. St. Louis Blues
  11. Vancouver Canucks
  12. Ottawa Senators
  13. Buffalo Sabres
  14. Pittsburgh Penguins
  15. Nashville Predators
  16. Calgary Flames

Backstory

The Ducks, by virtue of finishing with the league’s worst record, entered Monday’s lottery with the best chance to land the No. 1 pick at 25.5 percent. The Columbus Blue Jackets (13.5 percent) were next, followed by the Chicago Blackhawks (11.5), San Jose Sharks (9.5) and Montreal Canadiens (8.5).

Teams were able to jump 10 spots in the lottery but could not fall more than two spots, meaning the 11 teams that finished at the bottom of the standings had a shot to pick No. 1. Teams that finished 12th to 16th in the standings were unable to move up to the No. 1 pick via the lottery. If one of those five teams had won, they would have moved up 10 spots in the order and Anaheim would have automatically been declared the winner.

Bedard, Fantilli, Michkov and Carlsson are the unanimous top-four prospects in the 2023 draft.

Required reading

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  • 2023 NHL Draft top prospects: Bedard No. 1, Smith rises in Corey Pronman’s May ranking
  • NHL Mock Draft 2023: Connor Bedard to Blackhawks as we pick for every lottery team
  • NHL scouts poll: Connor Bedard will go No. 1, but is there debate at No. 2?
  • What Penguins’ NHL Draft Lottery result means for the next GM
  • Blue Jackets feel more NHL draft lottery heartbreak, fall to No. 3 — who might they pick?
  • The NHL draft lottery explained: How 4 ping-pong balls will set Connor Bedard’s future
  • For more, follow The Athletic’s live coverage of the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery

(Photo: Mike Stobe / NHLI via Getty Images)

2023 NHL Draft Lottery: Blackhawks get No. 1 pick (2024)

FAQs

2023 NHL Draft Lottery: Blackhawks get No. 1 pick? ›

1 pick in 2023 NHL Draft. The Chicago Blackhawks selected Canadian phenom Connor Bedard with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft on Wednesday.

Does Chicago Blackhawks have a 2023 first round pick? ›

Oliver Moore. Another fast former first-round pick is Oliver Moore who was taken 19th overall in the 2023 draft as the Blackhawks' second pick in that draft. He is versatile in that he can fill a number of different roles from being able to shut opponents down, produce offensively, or kill penalties.

What are the odds of the Blackhawks getting the Bedard? ›

Last year the Hawks had the third-best chance (11.5%) to win the first pick — and the right to draft Bedard — and they beat those odds. This year their 23-53-6 finish awarded them the second-best odds (13.5%), but what are the chances lightning strikes twice? Not as crazy as you think.

Who gets the 1st pick in the NHL Draft 2023? ›

Connor Bedard was selected first overall by the Chicago Blackhawks. Adam Fantilli was selected third overall by the Columbus Blue Jackets Ryan Leonard was selected eighth overall by the Washington Capitals Charlie Stramel was selected 21st overall by the Minnesota Wild.

Who is the number one draft pick for the Chicago Blackhawks? ›

The Chicago Blackhawks selected Connor Bedard with the No. 1 pick in the 2023 NHL Draft on Wednesday at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville, Tennessee. The 17-year-old Bedard is considered a generational talent among NHL scouts, boasting an elite skill set and hockey IQ.

Which team lost their 2023 first round pick? ›

The NFL announced Tuesday that the Miami Dolphins will forfeit their 2023 first-round draft pick and 2024 third-round pick, while team owner Stephen Ross has been suspended through Oct.

Which team deserves Connor Bedard? ›

Which team would you most like to see get Bedard or think is most deserving?
TeamPercent of vote
Blue Jackets29.3%
Sharks17.1%
Canadiens12.2%
Canucks12.2%
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Do the Blackhawks have second best odds of winning the number 1 pick in the NHL draft? ›

2 overall pick after having the second best odds to pick first in the 2024 NHL Draft. According to tankathon.com, The Blackhawks had a 13.5% chance to pick first overall, 14.1% chance to pick second, 30.7% chance to pick third and a 41.7% chance to pick fourth.

Which NHL team has the best chance of getting Connor Bedard? ›

Anaheim Ducks

What is Connor Bedard's salary? ›

Connor Bedard's salary as a rookie for the Chicago Blackhawks is an impressive $950,000 for the 2023-24 season. This sum includes a base salary of $855,000 and a signing bonus of $95,000. Bedard's contract guarantees him a total of $13,350,000 over three years.

Why did the Chicago Blackhawks get the first pick? ›

The Blackhawks were awarded the No. 1 pick by winning the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery last month.

Who is the projected number 1 pick in NHL 2024? ›

Celebrini, Macklin

Which NHL team has the most draft picks in 2023? ›

While the Predators hold the most picks overall, only four of them are in the first two rounds. They have six in Round 3 and 4 combined. The Canucks are right in the middle of the league and have as many draft picks now as they started with, but four of their seven picks will be made in Round 4 or later.

Who is projected to be the first pick in the NHL draft? ›

2024 NHL Draft Lottery tonight, projected No. 1 pick Celebrini to attend | NHL.com.

What are the results of the 2023 NHL draft? ›

2023 NHL Draft Picks
  • Connor Bedard. C. CAN. 185. WHL. Regina.
  • Leo Carlsson. C. SWE. 194. SWEDEN. Orebro.
  • Adam Fantilli. C. CAN. 195. BIG10. Michigan.
  • Will Smith. C. USA. 180. NTDP. USA U-18.
  • David Reinbacher. D. AUT. 194. SWISS. Kloten.
  • Dmitriy Simashev. D. RUS. 6' 4" 198. ...
  • Matvei Michkov. RUS. 172. RUSSIA. SKA St. ...
  • Ryan Leonard. USA. 190. NTDP. USA U-18.

Does Chicago have a 2023 draft pick? ›

Chicago acquired the pick from Carolina in last year's trade for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 draft which was used to select Bryce Young. That trade has been a big one for the Bears, including DJ Moore, a first-round pick from last year used on Darnell Wright and a second-round pick in 2025.

Who has 2023 1st round draft picks? ›

Grading all 31 first-round picks after the 2023 NFL regular...
  • Pick No. 1: Carolina Panthers: QB Bryce Young.
  • Pick No. 2: Houston Texans: QB C.J. ...
  • Pick No. 3: Houston Texans: Edge Will Anderson Jr.
  • Pick No. 4: Indianapolis Colts: QB Anthony Richardson.
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How many picks do the Blackhawks have in the NHL draft? ›

We're less than two weeks away from the 2024 NHL Draft! It's time to get caught up with the eight picks the Blackhawks have heading into draft week and how each was acquired.

How many Chicago Bears 2023 draft picks? ›

A few players who will be sticking around, however, are many of the rookies drafted back in April. The Bears selected 10 players in the 2023 NFL Draft and most of them have played significant snaps throughout the season.

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