NHL Draft Lottery: Canadians Get First Pick

The Montreal Canadiens’ miserable season will have borne fruit: The Habs won the National Hockey League (NHL) draft lottery on Tuesday and will fish first in the next auction, scheduled at the Bell Center in July.

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The New Jersey Devils will get the second pick while the Arizona Coyotes will decide the third.

Keep in mind that being last in the NHL overall standings gave the Canadian the best shot at first place.

“It was a special moment for us,” said general manager Kent Hughes after the lottery. You are waiting for something over which you have no control. We were very excited.”

“It gives fans anticipation as they wait for the draft. It will be a special moment. Let’s celebrate first. We have not discussed all scenarios. In Montreal, I imagine people will assume that we’re going to use choice to design a player. You can never say no, you don’t know what could be offered.”

The CH thus have the opportunity to get a grip on striker Shane Wright, who is regarded as the best hope in the repechage.

“I don’t know Shane as a person,” Hughes continued. I’ve seen him play for years. He’s a player who plays 200 feet. He also seems to be a team guy.”

Forwards Logan Cooley and Juraj Slafkovsky also lead the NHL Central Scouting rankings along with defensemen Simon Nemec and David Jiricek.

It is the first time since 1980 that the Canadians have won the first overall victory. He then made pivot Doug Wickenheiser his first pick.


1 – Montreal Canadians

2 – New Jersey Devil

3 – Arizona coyotes

4 – Seattle Octopus

5 – Philadelphia Flyer

6 – Chicago Blackhawks

7 – Ottawa Senators

8 – Detroit Red Wings

9 – buffalo saber

10 – Anaheim Ducks

11 – Sharks of San Jose

12 – Columbus Blue Jackets

13 – New York Islanders

14 – Winnipeg Jets

15 – Vancouver Canucks

16-Vegas Golden Knights

*Note that the Chicago Blackhawks and Vegas Golden Knights picks traded for the Columbus Blue Jackets and Buffalo Sabers, respectively.

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