The NHL holds its annual draft lottery, which determines the order in which teams not making the playoffs will select their picks. The Chicago Blackhawks, who came in overnight carrying the third overall pick, jumped out into the lead and earned a shot at prospective Connor Bedard.

While Blackhawks fans were elated at the news, many NHL fans across the league are falsely crying, claiming the NHL is rigged.

NHL fans claim the league rigged the 2023 NHL lottery after the Chicago Blackhawks won their first overall pick

They really give Conor Bedard to the Blackhawks LMAO, tonight this meme will be (for obvious reasons):

The draft lottery is designed to give teams with the worst records the best chance of securing the best draft picks. However, the system also allows for the possibility of a team outside the bottom five making the jump to the top.

This is exactly what happened in the case of the Blackhawks. They pounced on both the Columbus Blue Jackets and Anaheim Ducks to secure the first overall pick.

Despite the fact that the draft lottery is a random system designed to prevent teams from intentionally losing games in order to secure the best selection, many fans are skeptical about the results. Some question whether the league gamed the system in favor of certain teams or if other factors were at play.

@tweet They must have to draw balls live, so it’s hard to think this isn’t rigged

The league has been criticized in the past for perceived biases in the lottery system project. In 2016, the Edmonton Oilers won the draft lottery for the fourth time in six years, leading to accusations that the league favored the team. The league has repeatedly denied any allegations of bias or fraud, stating that the lottery is a fair and honest process.

However, allegations of fraud remain. Many fans point to the fact that the Blackhawks, a team that wasn’t among the worst performing teams in the league, managed to jump into the lead. Some also question whether the league is intentionally trying to boost the image of certain authentic teams or players for the sake of marketing and revenue.

@tweet @tweet The NHL loves when the Original Six teams are competitive. This is almost too perfect with the passing of the last player of the Blackhawks generation.

@employee @employeeBlackhawks I’m not one to shout fake all over the place but guy id be mad if you’re a duck fan. That was very rigged, how much did the Blackhawks pay for the #1 pick lol

At the end of the day, the NHL draft lottery is a random system, and any team has the potential to jump into the lead. While fans may be skeptical of the results, the league has ensured that the system is fair and unbiased. The upcoming draft will be a defining moment for the Blackhawks, who will have the opportunity to select one of the hottest prospects in recent memory in Connor Bedard.

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