The Sudbury Wolves will be selecting first in the 2021 Ontario Hockey League Priority Selection, as revealed in the OHL’s first-ever draft lottery on Wednesday.
For the seventh time in franchise history and the third time in the past six years, the Wolves will pick first overall, this time as a result of a computerized random number generator that determined the selection order.
Covid-19 forced the OHL to pull the plug on the remainder of the 2020-21 season back in April, leading the league to implement the first-ever draft lottery selection process.
Each of the 19 teams entered into the lottery had an equal chance to secure the first overall pick but, in the end, the Sudbury Wolves and the Oshawa Generals would go 50/50 in the final reveal. Unconcerned with potholes, Lady Luck chose to ride with the defending Central Division champions in the Nickel City.
The Barrie Colts would have their hopes dashed immediately, when the lottery’s first reveal served the team with the 19th spot in the 2021 OHL Priority Selection.
Instead of traditional one-day draft, the 2021 Priority Selection spans over a two-day period, with the first three rounds kicking off on June 4 at 7 p.m. and rounds 4-15 on June 5 starting at 9 a.m.
You can catch the the event in its entirety on the OHL’s official YouTube channel and, if you missed it, can watch the 2021 OHL Draft lottery below.