Come Tuesday night, the Rangers will be hoping the ping pong balls are bouncing their way.
After a rebuilding effort that saw them finish seventh in the Metropolitan Division, the Rangers enter Tuesday night's NHL Draft lottery with the sixth-best odds of winning the No. 1 overall pick (7.5 percent). Additionally, the team owns a 23.3 percent chance of gaining a top three pick, according to tankathon.com.
The Rangers sunk their odds with a meaningless overtime victory Saturday in Pittsburgh.
The Avalanche, which moved obtained its first-round pick from Ottawa, has the best odds to earn the top pick (18.5 percent) and have nearly a 50 percent chance to draft in the top three. The other teams with better odds than the Rangers are Los Angeles, New Jersey, Detroit and Buffalo.
If the Rangers do move into the top five, here are some prospects they can target, according to Sportsnet:
1. Jack Hughes
The top American prospect in the draft, Hughes has the potential to be an immediate difference-maker for whichever team takes him, and he's widely expected to be No. 1. At 5-foot-10, he's a little undersized, but is dynamic with the puck on his stick.
2. Kaapo Kakko
The 18-year-old is bigger than Hughes (6-foot-2), and has a lefty shot. He projects to play on the wing but there's also a chance he can slide over to center at the next level.
3. Vasili Podkolzin
At 17, analysts have described him as a complete winger. The Russian appeared in three games for SKA St. Petersburg in the KHL this past season.
4. Dylan Cozens
The Whitehorse, Canada native spent the 2018-19 campaign with the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL. Over 68 games, he scored 34 goals with 50 assists. He's a forward and stands at 6-foot-3.
5. Trevor Zegras
The 18-year-old and Bedford, New York, native is a forward who also is an asset on the defensive side of the ice. He's a lefty shot and tallied 78 points for the United States' U-18 squad this year.