Devils draw 1st overall pick in 2019 NHL draft lottery

Devils draw 1st overall pick in 2019 NHL draft lottery

American centre Jack Hughes will likely be the top pick for the 2019 draft, which will take place June 21-22 in Vancouver. (Jeff Bassett/The Canadian Press)


The New Jersey Devils will have the No. 1 pick at this year’s NHL draft.

The team was announced Tuesday night as the winner of the draft lottery

the Colorado Avalanche had the best odds of landing the first pick at 18.5 per cent, but they drew the No. 4 selection. The New York Rangers will pick second and the Chicago Blackhawks will select third at the June draft.

The 15 teams that failed to qualify for the 2019 playoffs — or the franchises that acquired the first-round picks of non-playoff clubs — participated in the lottery.

The Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers were the Canadian teams involved. Edmonton drew the No. 8 pick, Vancouver earned the 10th-overall selection and Montreal will pick 15th.

It’s the second time in three years that New Jersey will have the top draft pick. They also won the 2017 lottery, moving up four spots before picking centre Nico Hischier.

The Devils are likely to pick American forward Jack Hughes this time around.

he Colorado Avalanche had the best odds of landing the first pick at 18.5 per cent, but they drew the No. 4 selection. The New York Rangers will pick second and the Chicago Blackhawks will select third at the June draft.

The 15 teams that failed to qualify for the 2019 playoffs — or the franchises that acquired the first-round picks of non-playoff clubs — participated in the lottery.

The Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers were the Canadian teams involved. Edmonton drew the No. 8 pick, Vancouver earned the 10th-overall selection and Montreal will pick 15th.

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