Islanders Miss Out On NHL Draft’s No. 1 Pick; Devils Win Lottery But Select Fourth

NEW YORK (WFAN/AP) — The Edmonton Oilers will pick first overall in the NHL draft for a second straight year.

The Devils won the draft lottery Tuesday, but teams can’t move up more than four spots from where they finished in the regular season standings.

The Colorado Avalanche will pick second and the Florida Panthers third. The Devils are fourth, followed by the Islanders and the Ottawa Senators in fifth and sixth. Atlanta, Columbus, Boston and Minnesota round out the top 10.

Edmonton (25-45-12) finished last in the overall league standings for the second straight year with 62 points. The team had the highest odds of getting the No. 1 pick at 48.2 percent.

The NHL draft is scheduled for June 24-25 in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Canadian Ryan Nugent-Hopkins is expected to be taken No. 1 overall. He plays for the Red Deer Rebels in the Western Hockey League, a junior league in Canada and the northwestern United States.

Swedish defenseman Adam Larsson, who plays in the Swedish Elite League, is considered the top European prospect.

“I could list you six players that our people are extremely excited about,” Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini said. “They’re all very good and they’re all a little bit different this year, which makes it a unique draft.”

Edmonton selected winger Taylor Hall with last year’s first pick.

How do you feel about the NHL’s rule that took the draft lottery win away from the Devils? Let us know in the comments below…

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    how can you say the devils missed out on the #1 pick if they never even had a chance??

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