Sometimes it's better to be lucky than good.
That was the case when the Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers won the NHL draft lotteries in 2005 and 2015, respectively, altering the trajectories of their franchises and the league by landing the rights to select Sidney Crosby and Connor McDavid with No. 1 overall picks.
The Chicago Blackhawks surely hope to look back on Monday as the night they won the chance to draft foundational piece Connor Bedard of the Regina Pats.
The 17-year-old center is widely seen as the type of generational talent who can turn a franchise around, which made this year's draft lottery appointment viewing. Chicago ended up as the lucky one and could begin to climb out of the league basement with the top selection.
1. Chicago Blackhawks
2. Anaheim Ducks
3. Columbus Blue Jackets
4. San Jose Sharks
5. Montréal Canadiens
6. Arizona Coyotes
7. Philadelphia Flyers
8. Washington Capitals
9. Detroit Red Wings
10. St. Louis Blues
11. Vancouver Canucks
12. Arizona Coyotes (via Ottawa Senators)
13. Buffalo Sabres
14. Pittsburgh Penguins
15. Nashville Predators
16. Calgary Flames
There was plenty of online reaction given how coveted the chance to pick Bedard has been:
Drawing comparisons to players such as Crosby and McDavid places plenty of pressure on Bedard before he even laces up his skates for a single NHL game, but he has done nothing but dazzle on the ice.
He led the Western Hockey League with 143 points (71 goals, 72 assists) this season and then went out and put up 20 points (10 goals and 10 assists) in seven playoff games.
Central Scouting director David Gregory made the Crosby and McDavid comparisons when discussing Bedard with Mike G. Morreale of NHL.com:
"I saw Sidney Crosby and I didn't think I'd ever see a junior player that would be as dominant as that, and then I saw Connor McDavid and thought I'd never see another player that dominant. But here comes Connor Bedard. It's really amazing what he can do, and those other guys had good players on their teams. I'm not saying Bedard doesn't, but those teams that Sid and McDavid played on had some stacked teams. ... Regina, to me, was not as stacked but were a good team with lots of good players.
"Bedard was bringing them along as this younger player in the league. I hate to be on the fence and not give a definitive answer, but I'd say those are the three that I saw and said, 'I'll never see another one like that again.'"
That is high praise, and the hopes of the Chicago fanbase will be placed firmly on Bedard.
If he can deliver, this will be a night that is remembered in franchise lore.