While 16 clubs were preparing to battle for a Stanley Cup championship Tuesday night, the other 14 anxiously awaited the announcement of the draft lottery results, which sets the order for the NHL Draft later this year.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, who finished the year with only 65 points, were the heavy favorites to claim the top overall pick, but it wasn’t their lucky night. Instead, it was the Edmonton Oilers who defied the odds — at least to an extent — to capture their third consecutive first pick in the draft.
Edmonton has spent the last two picks on outstanding offensive attackers Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, so this could be a sign of competitive seasons to come — at least that’s what Oilers fans have to hope.
But, Edmonton wasn’t the only team that was happy about their choice in the draft lottery. Let’s take a look at how the other 13 teams will be positioned.
1. Edmonton Oilers — 74 points
2. Columbus Blue Jackets — 65 points
3. Montreal Canadiens — 78 points
4. New York Islanders — 79 points
5. Toronto Maple Leafs — 80 points
6. Anaheim Ducks — 80 points
7. Minnesota Wild — 81 points
8. Carolina Hurricanes — 82 points
9. Winnipeg Jets — 84 points
10. Tampa Bay Lighting –84 points
11. Washington Capitals (pick received from Avalanche) — 88 points (Avs)
12. Buffalo Sabres — 89 points
13. Dallas Stars — 89 points
14. Calgary Flames — 90 points