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Alexis Lafrenière ignites Detroit Red Wings' rebuild with No. 1 pick: Tankathon 3.0

The Detroit Red Wings are due a stroke of luck, and they are due a change in fortune.

Alexis Lafrenière could deliver on both.

The Wings locked up a last-place finish to the 2019-20 season on March 10, two days before the NHL shut down because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league is mulling holding the draft in June even though that means sorting out everything from draft order to conditional picks. If that happens, and the league reverts back to its previous draft lottery format, then the Wings would pick no worse than second overall.