Tonight is one of the most exciting nights in the National Hockey League season. This is where we will find out in which order the teams will pick in the upcoming NHL draft, which will be held in Dallas on June 22. The lottery obviously has huge implications, considering young and extremely talented players like Rasmus Dahlin, Filip Zadina or Andrei Svechnikov are available.
Who is going to win the first overall pick? We will have to wait a bit more. The NHL has now officially revealed the order of picks #15 to #4. It is fair to say this is pretty interesting. Here it is:
15. Florida Panthers
14. Philadelphia Flyers
13. Dallas Stars
12. New York Islanders (Acquired from the Calgary Flames as part of the Travis Hamonic deal)
11. New York Islanders
10. Edmonton Oilers
9. New York Rangers
8. Chicago Blackhawks
7. Vancouver Canucks
6. Detroit Red Wings
5. Arizona Coyotes
4. Ottawa Senators
The Carolina Hurricanes (who had the 11th best odds!), Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens are still in the race to get the first overall pick. According to Mike Sundheim, who is in charge of the public relations for the Canes, the team has never had the opportunity to have the first overall pick. We will have to wait just a few hours and see if Tom Dundon and his staff will be lucky enough:
"The Canes have picked second at the NHL Draft three times in franchise history (Sylvain Turgeon, Chris Pronger, Eric Staal). They've never had the No. 1 pick.
We will know the order of the final three teams during the second intermission of the game that opposes the San Jose Sharks and the Vegas Golden Knights. Stay tuned, we will keep you guys updated over the next few hours.
Just as a reminder, the Buffalo Sabres had the best odds of winning the first overall pick with 18,5%. They were followed by the Ottawa Senators (13,5%), Arizona Coyotes (11,5%) and Montreal Canadiens (9,5%).
"Habs, Canes and Sabres have won the three lotteries. Order for No. 1, 2 and 3 picks in 2018 #NHL Draft will be announced later tonight."
"Chaos! Amazing Carolina got in there given its odds"
"Ottawa Senators and Arizona Coyotes are the two teams that drop out of top three."