The San Jose Sharks have won the NHL Celebrini lottery

May 7, 2024
The San Jose Sharks have won the 2024 NHL draft lottery

The San Jose Sharks have won the 2024 NHL draft lottery and the right to draft highly-touted star prospect Macklin Celebrini.

All 16 teams who didn’t qualify for the playoffs had a shot at winning the lottery, unless like the Pittsburgh Penguins, their pick was traded. Winning the lottery would advance the victor a maximum of ten spots – meaning, for example, if the 16th placed St. Louis Blues had won the lottery, they would have advanced as high as 6th spot, pushing everyone back down the line-up.

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There is little doubt that Macklin Celebrini is the consensus top-ranked prospect come the NHL Entry draft this coming summer. In his first and only season playing collegiate hockey, Celebrini was recognized as the top men’s player in the country with the Hobey Baker Award. At just 17 years old, he became the youngest player to ever win the award – and just the fourth freshman in 44 years.

Beyond that, however, gets a tad foggy. The next 6 or 7 options are all quality players with an abundance of talent. In fact, the options after those offer promising prospects as well. Between Ivan Demidov, Anton Silayev, Artom Levshnov, Cayden Lindstrom, Sam Dickinson, Tij Iginla, Berkly Catton and Cole Eiserman are all highly touted prospects and any one of them could be the second overall pick come draft day.

While we will have to wait to see how everything unfolds – the one certainty is that the — will be calling the name of Macklin Celebrini when they take to the podium in Las Vegas.

Final 2024 NHL Entry Draft listing:

16. St. Louis Blues
15. Detroit Red Wings
14. San Jose Sharks (From Pittsburgh Penguins)
13. Minnesota Wild
12. Philadelphia Flyers
11. Buffalo Sabres
10. New Jersey Devils
9. Calgary Flames
8. Seattle Kraken
7. Ottawa Senators
6. Utah (Formerly Arizona Coyotes)
5. Montreal Canadiens
4. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Anaheim Ducks
2. Chicago Blackhawks
1. San Jose Sharks

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Macklin Celebrini’s older brother, Aiden Celebrini, was drafted by the Vancouver Canucks in the sixth round last year – the childhood favorite team of both Celebrini brothers.

The 2024 NHL Entry draft takes place on June 28th and 29th in Las Vegas.