Oilers win draft lottery, can pick first for third straight year
The NHL held its annual draft lottery on Tuesday night, and this is how everything turned out.
It will be the third straight year Edmonton will have the top pick in the draft.
Only Columbus, Edmonton, Toronto, Montreal and the New York Islanders had an opportunity to move up the No. 1 spot. Any other team that won would have moved up only four spots.
The Oilers picked first overall in each of the past two years, having selected Taylor Hall in 2010 and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011. The last time a team picked first overall three straight years, as the Oilers will now do unless they trade their pick, was the 1989-1991 Quebec Nordiques. They used those picks to select Mats Sundin, Owen Nolan and Eric Lindros.
The rest of the top-five:
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Columbus Blue Jackets
3. Montreal Canadiens
4. New York Islanders
5. Toronto Maple Leafs
The 2012 NHL Draft will be held at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 22 and 23, and the consensus top prospect heading into it is Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov.
Also at Eye On Hockey
Central Scouting draft rankings
A look at the top prospects
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