NHL - Oilers get number one draft pick

Reuters - Wed, 14 Apr 14:46:00 2010

The Edmonton Oilers hit the jackpot when they won the NHL lottery to determine who would get the number one overall pick in this year's draft.

Edmonton Oilers' Marc Pouliot (C) and Jean-Francois Jacques celebrate a goal during the first period of their NHL hockey game against Carolina Hurricanes - 0

The Oilers, who finished the NHL regular season last of the 30 teams, had the greatest percentage chance of getting the winning combination in the numbered sequences assigned to them.

Under the lottery system, only the five teams with the fewest points had a chance of winning the first overall selection.

The NHL, like the NBA, NFL and Major League Baseball, holds an annual draft in which teams select prospects in the reverse order of their finish position last season in order to try to maintain parity in the competition.

The Boston Bruins will select second having acquired the Toronto Maple Leafs first-round picks in this June's draft and 2011 in exchange for forward Phil Kessel.

The Florida Panthers will pick third followed by the Columbus Blue Jackets and New York Islanders.

The Oilers are expected to use the first pick to take top- ranked Ontario Hockey League prospect Tyler Sequin or Taylor Hall.

The annual draft is scheduled for June 25-26 in Los Angeles.


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