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How to watch the NHL draft lottery tonight: Who will get Bedard, time, channel, more

Who will get Connor Bedard, what time does the drawing start and everything else you need to know about watching the NHL draft lottery.

Forward Connor Bedard #98 of the Regina Pats skates for Team Red during the 2023 Kubota CHL Top Prospects Game Practice at the Langley Events Centre on January 25, 2023 in Langley, British Columbia. (Photo by Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)
Monday night's NHL draft lottery will decide which hockey team takes the top pick of 2023. Here's how you can tune in. (Photo: Dennis Pajot/Getty Images)

The burning question of which team will get hockey’s next generational talent will finally be answered tonight during the NHL draft lottery. Connor Bedard, 17-year-old center for the Regina Pats, has been considered the 2023 top pick for several years, and the rights to sign him will go to the winner of the upcoming draft lottery. So while some NHL teams are off working towards winning the 2023 Stanley Cup, the bottom 16 teams in the league are focused on a different win altogether: scoring Bedard (along with other top picks).

With the potential to shape the NHL for years to come, the draft lottery is a big deal. Here’s how you can watch it all go down live tonight from the US or Canada:

How to watch the 2023 NHL draft lottery in the US:

Date: Monday, May 8, 2023

Start time: 8 p.m. ET

TV: ESPN

Streaming: ESPN+

How to watch the NHL draft lottery live without cable

The 2023 NHL draft lottery will air on ESPN and stream live on ESPN+. The event that will determine the selection order for the first 16 picks in the first round of the 2023 Upper Deck NHL Draft at Bridgestone Arena in Nashville in late June will last just 30 minutes, making it fast and easy for fans to keep up with live. If you don't already has ESPN in your cable package, here are the easiest ways to watch the NHL draft lottery:

Starting at just $20 for your first month, Sling TV's Orange tier offers ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and 28 other channels. A Sling subscription also includes 50 hours of free DVR storage, so if you’re worried about missing any of the action, you can always record your favorite live sporting events.
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On top of airing on ESPN, this year's NHL draft lottery will stream live on ESPN+, so if you don't want to pay for a pricey cable or streaming package that includes ESPN, this is a budget-friendly alternative. An ESPN+ subscription grants you access to exclusive ESPN+ content including live events like UFC Fight Night and F1 races, fantasy sports tools and premium ESPN+ articles. You can stream ESPN+ through an app on your smart TV, phone, tablet, computer and on ESPN.com.
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How to watch the NHL draft lottery in Canada:

Tuning in from the Great White North? The NHL draft lottery will air in Canada on Sportsnet and TVA Sports, and stream live on SN Now.

Stream on SN Now

Who are the top picks in this year’s NHL draft lottery?

While Regina (Saskatchewan) Pats center and world junior championships MVP Connor Bedard has the NHL buzzing, he’s not the only potential player in demand heading into the draft.

Adam Fantilli, William Smith, Matthew Wood, Ryan Leonard, Leo Carlsson and Matvei Michkov are also on the list of top picks this year.

Which teams can win the 2023 NHL Draft Lottery?

These are 11 teams eligible to win the 2023 NHL Draft lottery: The Anaheim Ducks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Chicago Blackhawks, San Jose Sharks, Montreal Canadiens, Arizona Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Washington Capitals, Detroit Red Wings, St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks.

What are the odds for winning the draft lottery in 2023?

The two teams with the best odds of winning this year’s NHL draft lottery are the Anaheim Ducks with a 25.5% chance (they have an 18.5% chance of winning the drawing outright, but would also hang onto the pick if a team in the 12 to 16 range wins), and the Columbus Blue Jackets with a 13.5% chance.

Check out more of Yahoo Sports’ NHL coverage for a full rundown of the NHL draft odds, analysis of the 2023 top draft picks and more.

Recap on how to watch Monday night's NHL draft lottery: