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Oilers win draft lottery again, Devils rise

Posted on: April 12, 2011 8:34 pm
Edited on: April 13, 2011 7:43 pm
 
The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery Tuesday, allowing them to select first for the second consecutive year.

Only the five worst finishing teams this season --- Ottawa Senators, Edmonton Oilers, Florida Panthers, Colorado Avalanche and New York Islanders --- were eligible for the for the top pick. The Oilers, who selected forward Taylor Hall with the first overall pick last year, had the best odds (48.2 percent) to get the prized No. 1 selection. 

“Winning this first overall pick is an important moment for the organization and it’s an integral part of the process moving forward,” Oilers GM Steve Tambellini said in a statement. “This is a very exciting time for our organization and our fans as this just adds to the already bright future of our team.”

The Colorado Avalanche will select second followed by the Panthers, the New Jersey Devils and the Islanders. The draft will take place at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul from June 24-25. 

Teams finishing seventh through 14th overall --- including Colorado which has a conditional pick from St. Louis ---  also had a chance to move up the board and the Devils advanced the furthest, moving up four spots.

Ottawa, conversely, was knocked out of the top-5 and will pick sixth 

Here’s a breakdown of the top-5, according to NHL Central Scouting: 

1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, center, Red Deer (WHL). The Burnaby, B.C., native finished fourth overall in the WHL (106 points) and was an Eastern Conference starter in the league’s All-Star game. He was an assistant captain on Canada’s Under-18 team at last year’s 2010 Ivan Hlinka Memorial and helped lead his country to gold. 

2. Gabriel Landeskog, left wing, Kitchener (OHL). Born in Stockholm, Landeskog has joined the wave of foreign-born players heading to play juniors in Canada. He had an ankle injury that limited him to 53 games, but he compiled 36 goals and was a plus-27. He played in the Swedish Elite league at age 16. 

3. Jonathan Huberdeau, center, Saint John (QMJHL). Huberdeau, who calls Laval, Quebec, home, was third in the QMJHL this season with 105 points, new club highs for points and assists (62). He was also a plus-59 on a team that tied the QMJHL record for most wins in a season. 

4. Dougie Hamilton, defenseman, Niagara (OHL). The 6-foot-4 blueliner born in Toronto finished fourth in the OHL in scoring by a defenseman (58 points). His father won bronze in rowing at the 1984 Olympics as part of Team Canada and his mother competed on Canada’s women’s basketball team at the same Olympiad. 

5. Nathan, Beaulieu, defenseman, Saint John (QMJHL). A native of Strathroy, Ontario, he is the second of seven Saint John players to make the Central Scouting rankings. He leads all defenseman in playoff scoring through the first round (eight points) and had a plus-44 rating during the regular season. 
Top European player:
Adam Larsson, defenseman, Skelleftea (Swedish Elite League), He's in his second season with Skelleftea and also represented Sweden in the last two World Junior Championships. 

--  A.J. Perez
Category: NHL
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Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: April 14, 2011 12:04 am
 

Oilers win draft lottery again, Devils rise

Thanks! I actually realized that later today. I had no idea that's how the NHL draft lottery worked. I guess that makes sense though. I should have done my homework. 



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:12 pm
 

Oilers win draft lottery again, Devils rise

never mind... i see that has already been brought up...

but why not post the list with the top five prospects?



Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 1:10 pm
 

Oilers win draft lottery again, Devils rise

Are you sure you were not looking at a list that only included players who are playing in North America... because I am fairly certain I have not seen any list that does not have Larsson at number 2, and some still have him at number 1. Also what I don't get is that Courturier still finds himself in the top 5 on almost every list I see.
Also Hamilton has dropped on most lists out of the top five.
But anyway, the clear mistake on this list is the lack of Larsson,  he is clearly a top five, and some still have him as number 1, also with Edmonton picking number 1 he may get pushed up as they are either going to go with a solid D Man (which I think they should) or someone to compliment hall which would be Nugent Hopkins.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:30 pm
 

Oilers win draft lottery again, Devils rise

you are an idiot.... when have you seen any team throw games!
In 1992, everyone knew that the Senators were throwing games in an effort to select Alexandre Daigle the next year. In fact, then-Senators owner Bruce Firestone told reporters after the season that the Senators were intentionally losing games and calling opponents to request that they play their best players against them. In the event that the opponent did not do so, the Senators intentionally benched their better players to ensure a loss.

That season is why the NHL created the draft lottery in 1995.



Since: Aug 21, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 12:22 pm
 

Devils win draft lottery, Oilers to pick first

FYI, the headline link on the home page is still incorrect. It reads " ." I'm not being a jerk; just trying to be helpful. Also, if that were actually the case, New Jersey would have been pissed!
No, it's correct. The Devils did win the draft lottery. In the NHL, the team that wins the lottery can only move up a maximum of four spots. Only one name is drawn, and that team either moves up four spots or to No. 1, whichever is a smaller move. New Jersey would have picked eighth, but since the Devils won the lottery, they now pick fourth. The Oilers had the worst record and were not beaten in the lottery by any of the teams eligible for the top pick, so they pick first. The title on this story is actually what is incorrect.



Since: Apr 16, 2009
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:09 am
 

Oilers win draft lottery again, Devils rise

the only way to improve your team is to get top picks after you stink. Look at the Penguins, Caps and Canucks.....

you can't predetermine the draft, that is ridiculous.   Look at the final weekend of this season, the NHL leads all sports in integrity.  Just ask the Stars, 'Canes, Rangers and Hawks about that.




Since: Jul 17, 2008
Posted on: April 13, 2011 11:04 am
 

Oilers win draft lottery again, Devils rise

i agree totally. even if they have 4 1st picks in a row. I dont get why it would be any other way? Stupid. But so are the NHL playoffs and that format. Even more dumb.



Since: Aug 22, 2007
Posted on: April 13, 2011 10:47 am
 

Oilers win draft lottery again, Devils rise

FYI, the headline link on the home page is still incorrect. It reads " ." I'm not being a jerk; just trying to be helpful. Also, if that were actually the case, New Jersey would have been pissed!



Since: Sep 20, 2006
Posted on: April 13, 2011 9:54 am
 

Oilers win draft lottery again, Devils rise

"People should have better things to do than nit-pick typing errors."
I know right? i suspect journalism majors who can not get a job.....back to the article this draft does not seem to have a star player at the top...i suspect they will take Adam Larsson not a north american skater...he is the top dman in the draft and maybe the best chance at being a star....RNH is just such a small guy he is going to need more than one year to be ready physically


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