There has been some late movement in recent professional sports drafts. Both the NBA and NFL Drafts saw players rise up late in the process to become a surprise top pick. Could that happen in the NHL Draft, too?
Historically, there is not a ton of movement when it comes to the very top prospects in the NHL Draft. There is such a focus on who will be “The Next One” that by the time an elite prospect has reached his draft year, it is often widely understood which player will be the No. 1 pick.
It doesn’t always happen this way, but it is quite common, and it looked like the draft would be headed in that direction again this year. Kingston Frontenacs center Shane Wright has been the heavy favorite all season and he remains favored, but his favored status came into question last week.
TSN Hockey Insider Bob McKenzie, who has an impeccable record when it comes to the draft, put out his final rankings for this season’s draft and he had Wright at No. 2, behind Slovakian winger Juraj Slafkovsky. This does not mean that the top pick won’t still be Wright, but the odds have changed because the track record shows that McKenzie doesn’t miss on this stuff.
Prior to McKenzie’s final rankings, Wright was heavily favored, priced in the -850 range, with Slafkovsky priced at +1000 or even more at various sportsbooks but, as you can see, those odds have shifted.