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2018 NHL Draft Lottery: Final rankings

With the season complete, the teams now know their odds for the draft lottery.

NHL: Florida Panthers at Boston Bruins Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

With most of the teams secured in their positions after Saturday’s action, Sunday evening provided one more chance for a team to change the rankings, as the season was extended for one more day for the Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers. Here are the final odds for the teams in contention for the first overall pick at the conclusion of the regular season.

Final draft lottery odds

Pos Team Record Last night's result Points Yesterday's odds Today's odds Change
Pos Team Record Last night's result Points Yesterday's odds Today's odds Change
1 Buffalo Sabres 25-45-12 - 62 18.5% 18.5% -
2 Ottawa Senators 28-43-11 - 67 13.5% 13.5% -
3 Arizona Coyotes 29-41-12 - 70 11.5% 11.5% -
4 Montreal Canadiens 29-40-13 - 71 9.5% 9.5% -
5 Detroit Red Wings 30-39-13 - 73 8.5% 8.5% -
6 Vancouver Canucks 31-40-11 - 73 7.5% 7.5% -
7 Chicago Blackhawks 33-39-10 - 76 6.5% 6.5% -
8 New York Rangers 34-39-9 - 77 6.0% 6.0% -
9 Edmonton Oilers 36-40-6 - 78 5.0% 5.0% -
10 New York Islanders 35-37-10 - 80 3.5% 3.5% -
11 Carolina Hurricanes 36-35-11 - 83 3.0% 3.0% -
12 Calgary Flames (NYI) 37-35-10 - 84 2.5% 2.5% -
13 Dallas Stars 42-32-8 - 92 2.0% 2.0% -
14 St. Louis Blues 44-32-6 - 94 1.5% 1.5% -
15 Florida Panthers 44-30-8 W 96 1.0% 1.0% -

The final game of the season had the spotlight all to itself as the Florida Panthers and Boston Bruins made up the game that had been rescheduled from January 4. Far from simply a meaningless contest to wrap up the regular-season calendar, the Bruins had not just first place in the Atlantice Division, but the Eastern Conference title — and the home-ice advantage that would grant them through the first three rounds of the playoffs — for the taking.

The Panthers, who had been eliminated from post-season play less than 24 hours earlier, had other ideas, and one last say in a season that saw them mount an incredible comeback that fell just a single point short.

Florida started off quickly with a goal from top prospect Henrik Borgström 1:22 in, and never trailed the rest of the way as they went on to a 4-2 victory. While it means that they lost a chance to move up one spot in the lottery rankings, the climb from 1.0% to a 1.5% chance at first overall wasn’t going to have much of an impact on what would still be nearly impossible odds.

The Panthers can at least take solace in the fact that they have young players such as Borgström and Aleksander Barkov to help them avoid this race altogether next season and achieve a post-season berth.

Highlight of the night

While the Calgary Flames finished in the 12th position, they traded their right to pick in that spot — without any lottery protections — to the New York Islanders for Travis Hamonic at last year’s draft. It means the Islanders will select at 10th and 12th this June.

The Ottawa Senators still have the option to send their pick to Colorado to complete the Matt Duchene trade, but with the pick being for no lower than fifth overall (should a team lower in the rankings win each of the three lotteries), they will probably decide on the other option of sending their 2019 first-round choice to the Avalanche.

Unless the Blues win one of the lotteries, their pick will be transferring to the Philadelphia Flyers as part of the Brayden Schenn trade. If that were to happen, they can give the Flyers their 2019 first-rounder and 2020 third-round pick instead.