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Oilers poised to select Connor McDavid as top pick in NHL Draft

Sun, 19 Apr 2015 17:14:39 +0000

Cesar Tordesillas - 4E Sports Contributor

Toronto, ON, Canada (4E Sports) - The Edmonton Oilers won the NHL Draft Lottery Saturday for the right to pick first in the 2015 NHL Draft on June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

The Oilers had an 11.5 percent chance, third-best, to win the first pick in the draft.

They are poised to select center Connor McDavid , who is ranked the No. 1 North American skater by NHL Central Scouting after scoring 44 goals and 120 points in 47 games for the Erie Otters in the Ontario Hockey League.

Oilers general manager Craig MacTavish said there is zero chance of them trading the pick.

The Buffalo Sabres , who had the worst record in the NHL this season and best chance to win the lottery (20 percent), dropped to the second pick. The Arizona Coyotes, who finished next to last (13.5 percent), fell to third.

Many consider getting Jack Eichel a very good consolation prize for the Sabres .

Eichel scored 26 goals and had 71 points in 40 games with Boston University and won the Hobey Baker Award as U.S. college hockey's best player.

Sabres general manager Tim Murray noted that there are "two top-end, impact players, if not franchise players" in the draft, in reference to McDavid and Eichel .

The Toronto Maple Leafs pick fourth, followed by the Carolina Hurricanes, New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers, Columbus Blue Jackets, San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Florida Panthers, Dallas Stars, Los Angeles Kings and Boston Bruins.

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