The dreaded time has come for Toronto Maple Leafs fans. It’s officially the offseason for the Leafs after losing their qualifying round on Sunday night to the Columbus Blue Jackets. Not making the playoffs may sting for the team, but it’s already time to turn the tide and look towards one last glimmer of hope–the draft lottery.
As though this year hasn’t made things weird enough, the Leafs have found themselves in the draft lottery despite being one of the league’s better teams. The lottery starts at 6 p.m. EST on Monday and Leafs fans do not want to miss out.
Monday night’s Phase Two draft lottery is an interesting case highlighting the odd season 2020 has put us all in. While the Leafs typically wouldn’t find themselves in the draft lottery, this year’s whacky format gives the Leafs a one-in-eight chance of winning the number one overall pick.
On Friday, I broke down the Leafs chances of winning the draft lottery in more detail. Simply put, the Phase One lottery, which took place back in June, determined that one of the eight losing teams in the qualifying round will get the first overall pick. Now with those eight losing teams determined, the Leafs being one of them, they will be put into one last lottery to select which of them gets the first pick. Every team has the exact same…