The NHL Draft Lottery revealed the No. 1 pick in the NHL Draft this year, and the race for Connor McDavid just became crystal clear.
The NHL Draft Lottery was tonight, and it’s the first chance for many teams to start rebuilding to ensure they don’t miss the postseason and continue to miss out on racing for the Stanely Cup. Playoff teams this year like the St. Louis Blues, Minnesota Wild, Calgary Flames and others have built winners over the years through the draft and by making smart moves — and that’s what the bottom feeders in the NHL are hoping to do this offseason.
Last year saw prized prospect Aaron Ekbald go to the Florida Panthers, a team that may not be ready to win now but secured a massive pillar for their future with the No. 1 pick. Nathan MacKinnon was that guy for the Avalanche in 2013 and he led them to the postseason in his rookie year.
Not everyone is a stud, as Nail Yakupov and the endless string of Edmonton picks over the years have failed to produce a winner, but there’s always hope that youth will inject energy and excitement.
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This year the prized prospect everyone is after is Connor McDavid, someone that many view as a savior for their franchise. Only one franchise has the right to draft him though, and it’s not the team with the worst record in the league. The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery and by default have somehow won the Connot McDavid sweepstakes.
Here’s a look at the final NHL Draft Order, after Edmonton Oilers drew the No. 1 pick in the lottery:
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Buffalo Sabres
3. Arizona Coyotes
4. Toronto Maple Leafs
5. Carolina Hurricanes
6. New Jersey Devils
7. Philadelphia Flyers
8. Columbus Blue Jackets
9. San Jose Sharks
10. Colorado Avalanche
11. Florida Panthers
12. Dallas Stars
13. Los Angeles Kings
14. Boston Bruins
The Oilers have had a handful of top draft picks over the years and have ended up with absolutely nothing to show for it. They’re the Cleveland Cavaliers of the NHL, as they consistently get the No. 1 pick and consistently find ways to end the careers of the young stars of the future. From Nail Yakupov to Toby Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, the Oilers should be the best team in the NHL but they’re proof that whatever draft strategy the 76ers currently have is bogus.
Hopefully things can change for the Oilers, but right now they have nothing to show for years of top draft picks and empty promises to fans.
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