Oilers Look To Secure First Pick By Winning Draft Lottery Tonight

Oregon, you were so ahead of your time.

Tonight in Minnesota, each team that failed to qualify for the playoffs this year will have a stake in the draft lottery.  Whichever team wins the draft lottery will get the opportunity to move up the draft ladder.

For Edmonton, it’s all about grabbing the first overall pick.

Statistically, the Oilers stand the best chance of walking away with the number one pick, with a 48.2% chance of winning the first pick overall.  Should Colorado, Florida, the Islanders or Ottawa win the draft lottery, it would bump the Oilers down to number 2 overall.  If any other non-playoff teams win the draft lottery, the Oilers would retain the top spot.

Odds to win the first pick overall:

48.2% – Edmonton Oilers
18.8% – Colorado Avalanche
14.2% – Florida Panthers
10.7% – New York Islanders
8.1% – Ottawa Senators

Odds to win the draft outright:

25.0% – Edmonton Oilers
18.8% – Colorado Avalanche
14.2% – Florida Panthers
10.7% – New York Islanders
8.1% – Ottawa Senators
6.2% – Atlanta Thrashers
4.7% – Columbus Blue Jackets
3.6% – New Jersey Devils
2.7% – Boston Bruins (From the Leafs)
2.1% – Minnesota Wild
1.5% – St. Louis Blues
1.1% – Carolina Hurricanes
0.8% – Calgary Flames
0.5% – Dallas Stars

You may remember last year’s draft lottery, a lottery that Edmonton won, and after much debate, debacle, decision and sword fights  yielded a first pick of some guy from Windsor named Taylor Hall.

Recap and video to follow.

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