Everything that needed to happen for the Sharks to get the highest possible pick did happen. The Sharks lost in regulation to the Kings. The Panthers beat the Devils. The Avalanche beat the Blackhawks (with 30 seconds left!). Despite all the doom and gloom of missing the playoffs, the Sharks will likely hold the #9 overall pick unless a team behind them wins the lottery (then they'll be #10), or if the Sharks win the lottery (then they'll be #1). Here is the final lottery teams.