Quick Hits: The July the 5th be With You Edition

In Red Wings Land

Striking gold in second, third rounds of NHL draft could hold key for rebuilding Red Wings - The Detroit News

“You look at our team, with Tyler Bertuzzi and Filip Hronek, second-round picks, guys that are really having an impact,” Yzerman said. “We’ll definitely need those guys (later-round picks) to turn into players and that’s why having more picks increases the odds of more of them becoming players.”

I appreciate Kulfan calling the general fan reaction to the draft lottery as “hand-wringing”, but I wouldn’t say that’s what I was doing with mine.

Around the NHL

NHL Draft Lottery 2020: Ranking which teams would cause the most chaos by winning No. 1 pick - CBS Sports

The most chaotic thing about Arizona winning the lottery would be the fact that “lottery ball specialist” Taylor Hall is on their roster. Hall, who was a first overall pick himself, has been on the roster of four lottery-winning teams (Edmonton twice and New Jersey twice) since entering the league in 2010. If he does it again in Arizona after being traded earlier this season? That has conspiracy written all over it.

Pete Blackburn kind of confuses chaos with anger here, but the Coyotes winning wouldn’t make me think conspiracy.