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The Alexis Lafreniere Chaos Rankings | Silky N’ Filthy podcast

Half of the NHL could potentially draft the dominant prospect winger.

2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game
Alexis Lafreniere #11 of Team White skates during warm up for the 2020 CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game against Team Red at FirstOntario Centre on January 16, 2020 in Hamilton, Canada.
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How do you feel about the draft lotteries?

Well, if you cheer for any of the six teams that just got screwed by the NHL, you’re probably not a fan.

However, if you cheer for any of the 16 teams that now have a legitimate shot at drafting dominant prospect winger Alexis Lafreniere, chances are you might like this draft lottery thing.

To be honest, you should completely embrace the NHL’s hooliganism when it comes to crafting draft lotteries. While it’s probably not fair to the seven worst teams in the league, you could argue that it’s not fair to reward losing either.

And let’s face it, sports is all about the entertainment, after all. Why are we taking it so seriously? Just embrace the chaos.

Speaking of chaos, Kyle Bhawan and I went through some of the possible landing sports for Alexis Lafreniere, both good and bad, on the latest episode of Silky N’ Filthy.

Here are the complete rankings, based on the most chaotic landing spots.

They Deserve It

Vegas Golden Knights v Winnipeg Jets
Mathieu Perreault #85 of the Winnipeg Jets awaits teammates as they celebrate his second period goal against the Vegas Golden Knights at the Bell MTS Place on March 6, 2020 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
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16. Winnipeg Jets. Even though adding Lafreniere would give them one of the best top-six units in hockey, would anyone really be mad if Winnipeg ended up with number one overall pick? Almost everything good that happens to the Jets seems like a feel good story. They’re the NHL’s version of the little engine that could.

15. Columbus Blue Jackets. It took the Jackets 20 years just to win their first playoff series. If you’re mad about them winning the lottery, you’re just mean.

14. Minnesota Wild. They have some of the best hockey fans outside of Canada, yet they’ve hardly been more successful than their expansion counterparts in Columbus. The Wild have drafted in the top five only twice in franchise history: In 2000 when they selected Marian Gaborik third overall, and in 2005 when they took Benoit Pouliot with the fourth overall selection.

2018 NHL Draft - Rounds 2-7
Marc Bergevin of the Montreal Canadiens attends the 2018 NHL Draft at American Airlines Center on June 23, 2018 in Dallas, Texas
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13. Montreal Canadiens. Everything is always under the spotlight in Montreal, and I’m sure some Eastern Conference teams wouldn’t be happy with this scenario. Still, Montreal is the worst team among the 24-teams still in contention, and adding a French Canadian star in Lafreniere would be a neat story.

Meh...

12. Nashville Predators. They’ve always lacked true star power up front. Plus, Lafreniere might give them more playoff games, meaning more playoff shenanigans at the raucous Bridgestone Arena.

11. New York Islanders. Another team that sorely lacks offensive talent. Maybe this time around, the Islanders would actually be able to convince the number one selection to stay with the franchise.

Boston Bruins v Carolina Hurricanes - Game Four
Fans of the Carolina Hurricanes celebrate in Game Four of the Eastern Conference Third Round against the Boston Bruins during the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs on May 16, 2019 at PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina.
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10. Carolina Hurricanes. Basically the American NHL version of the little engine that could. However, it’s hard to have too much pity for this budding team of stars that just went to the Conference Finals last season.

O-M-G

9. Arizona Coyotes. They might be due for some lottery luck, that’s why they traded for Taylor Hall, right? Still, there are more deserving franchises than one which continuously ranks near the bottom of the league in attendance.

8. Florida Panthers. The Panthers have shakier attendance and more star power than the Coyotes, but the feeling is still the same.

Anaheim Ducks v Vancouver Canucks
Elias Pettersson & Alexis Lafreniere. Dare to dream, Canucks fans.
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7. Vancouver Canucks. Of course, we’re biased here in Vancouver, but no one outside of this city wants to see the Canucks succeed. You know our Canadian counterparts would groan about our lottery luck here after we recently drafted Elias Pettersson and Quinn Hughes.

Let’s be real though, the Canucks have been one of the unluckiest teams in the draft lottery over the past few seasons. They’re probably due for a fortunate bounce.

6. Calgary Flames. They already have star power up front and won the Western Conference title just more than a year ago. Plus, this is a Vancouver-based blog, so fuck the Flames.

5. New York Rangers. They just won the lottery a year ago when they selected Kaapo Kakko with the number two overall selection. You could also argue they won the lottery twice with Artemi Panarin lusting to play for the franchise. One of the biggest markets in the league doesn’t need any more help from the lottery balls.

NHL: FEB 10 Red Wings at Blackhawks
FEBRUARY 10: Chicago Blackhawks right wing Patrick Kane (88) celebrates his goal with defenseman Slater Koekkoek (68) center Jonathan Toews (19) during a game between the Detroit Red Wings and the Chicago Blackhawks on February 10, 2019, at the United Center in Chicago, IL.
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4. Chicago Blackhawks. I don’t think there’s too many people sympathizing after they won three Cups in a five-year span. Plus, they already had some lottery luck last year when they jumped into the number three spot where they selected Kirby Dach.

3. Pittsburgh Penguins. They’ve won two Stanley Cups in the last four years, and they still have two of the best players in the game. Arguably, they’re the least deserving team for the number one overall pick.

2. Toronto Maple Leafs. Nevermind Canuck hate, there’s nobody in Canada that wants to see the Maple Leafs hoist the Cup, and Lafreniere would really help them climb the ranks as an annual contender.

NHL Draft Lottery
NHL Deputy Commisioner Bill Daly congratulates Edmonton Oilers Assistant General Manager Bill Scott on the 1st overall pick at the National Hockey League Draft Lottery on April 18, 2015 at the Sportsnet Studios in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
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1. Edmonton Oilers. Can you imagine the Oilers choking against the Blackhawks, only to win another NHL draft lottery? It would be insanely unfair to have the Oilers win another draft lottery, although it would probably kick ass for Lafreniere.

Which team do you think deserves Lafreniere the most? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @NucksMisconduct.

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