The question will be answered after 6:30 p.m. Tuesday when the results of the NHL Draft lottery will be revealed (SN, TVA Sports).
As the team with the worst record in the regular season, the Canadiens have an 18.5 per cent chance of winning the lottery for the top pick at the July 7 draft at the Bell Centre. Because of new rules this season, the Canadiens will also pick first if any of the teams that finished 12th through 16th win the lottery, increasing Montreal’s odds of picking first to 25.5 per cent. The Canadiens also have an 18.8 per cent chance of picking second. If they strike out on the top two picks, they are guaranteed the No. 3 selection.
Wright has been the tapped as the No. 1 pick since scouts started weighing in on this year’s prospects, but the gap between the Kingston Frontenacs centre and other top players like Logan Cooley, Juraj Slafkovsky and Joakim Kemell has narrowed with each update in the list.