Devils win NHL Draft lottery, Flyers picking second
The New Jersey Devils entered Saturday's NHL Draft lottery with the fifth-best odds to claim the top pick.
May the odds be forever in their favour, or maybe it was a deal with the devil, but New Jersey will be selecting first overall in the NHL Draft, to be held in Chicago on June 23 and 24.
New Jersey - who ended the 2016-17 season with a 28-40-14 record - now have their choice between top-flight centres Nolan Patrick and Nico Hischier after the 14 teams that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup playoffs took part in the lottery.
The Philadelphia Flyers (39-33-10) will select second, followed by the Dallas Stars (34-37-11), Colorado Avalanche (22-56-4) and Vancouver Canucks (30-43-9). The Vegas Golden Knights will make their first-ever pick in sixth spot.
Patrick is an 18-year-old Canadian native who is the captain of the Brandon Wheat Kings in the Western Hockey League.
He had a 102-point season in 72 games through the 2015-16 campaign and has 46 points through 33 games this term.
Patrick has 142 points, with 49 goals and 83 assists in four seasons with the Wheat Kings.
Hischier is also 18 years old, and a Switzerland native who has played in the last two World Junior Championships.
He has 86 points with 38 goals and 48 assists in 57 games this season for the Halifax Mooseheads of the Quebec Major Junior League.
Here is the complete order for the 2017 NHL Draft Lottery
1. New Jersey Devils
2. Philadelphia Flyers
3. Dallas Stars
4. Colorado Avalanche
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. Vegas Golden Knights
7. Arizona Coyotes
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Detroit Red Wings
10. Florida Panthers
11. Los Angeles Kings
12. Carolina Hurricanes
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. Tampa Bay Lightning
15. New York Islanders