For the second time in three years, the Devils will pick first.
The draft lottery presents a beacon of hope for the 15 NHL teams that didn't qualify for the playoffs, giving each of them a shot at landing the top pick (or at least a top-three selection) in this summer's NHL Draft. That's what I'm most anxious about now, is can somebody come help us next year?
"He's our lottery guru", joked Devils GM Ray Shero.
While the Devils will arrive excited to add another first pick to the mix, their blood rivals from across the Hudson River will be - believe it or not - holding a top-three selection for the first time in team history. They had just a 2.5 percent chance of winning the lottery.
Kakko is a winger who can play center.
Arizona hasn't had much luck in the NHL's draft lottery over the years, never selecting higher than No. 3 overall. You can partially thank Devils forward Taylor Hall for that. "We recognize Jack's a great young player". ". I'd be honored and really happy to play for New Jersey one day".
"I'm focused on playing in the National Hockey League next year", said Hughes, who turns 18 on May 14. In 2017, the Wings slid from seventh to ninth after the lottery. Buffalo Sabres 8. Edmonton Oilers 9.
While recent clashes between the New Jersey Devils and New York Rangers don't contain the ferocity of their encounters during late-90s and mid-late 00s, the Hudson-River Rivalry is still alive and well, despite both teams being in the midst of rebuilding.
Breathe a sigh of relief, Ottawa Senators fans. Dating back to past year, the Avs gained the pick thanks to the Matt Duchene deal that sent the Senators' first-round pick to Avalanche. Chicago Blackhawks 4. Colorado Avalanche (from OTT) 5. Because of the lottery format, the Wings also had the same odds at the second pick and third pick. Hughes also has elite vision, which combined with his shiftiness, allows him to exploit open ice and find teammates easily. This marks the second drawing in three years where New Jersey overcame steep odds to capture the first overall pick at the NHL Entry Draft. Kakko scored 22 goals, 38 points in 45 games for TPS in Finland, during a season in which he turned 18. The first round will be held Friday, June 21.