The details for the upcoming 2022 NHL draft lottery have become a bit more clear
According to a report by TSN's Chris Johnston, the NHL has informed teams that the draft will take place on May 10 this year, with the event being conducted remotely. In years past, representatives from the 16 teams participating in the draft lottery have typically traveled to one singular location in order to provide instant reactions to the unveiling of the results in a live televised event.
Of course, with COVID-19 still playing a factor in daily life, the league has opted to cut back on non-essential travel where it can, with in-person attendance not really required in this particular case.
Rest assured, though, the 2022 NHL Draft is expected to take place as scheduled on July 7-8 in Montreal in its full live, in-person capacity.
The results of the lottery could make this year's draft even more important than most.
With the Montreal Canadiens currently sitting second-last in the overall standings, their odds of having the lottery balls gift them the first-overall pick are higher than most, possibly setting up a scenario that could see the league's oldest select the next face of the franchise in their home arena and in front of their own fanbase.
Shane Wright is the projected top pick by all accounts, with the young forward possessing a tantalizing skill set that would certainly be a boon for any team to add to their roster.
After suffering through the worst season in franchise history, Canadiens fans have the chance to usher in an exciting new era in their own building.
That is, if the lottery balls allow them to.