Wild slide one spot in National Hockey League draft lottery

Wild slide one spot in National Hockey League draft lottery

For once, the team received a bit of good news from the hockey gods.

Two years ago, the Avalanche also had the best odds for No. 1 but fell to fourth, ultimately selecting defenseman Cale Makar.

"I said yesterday that we need more talent", said Devils GM Ray Shero shortly after winning the draft lottery in Toronto, "Tonight, I know we are getting more talent".

"It feels like the top two would have a chance to help next year".

This is also the second time the Devil's first-overall pick will be followed by a longtime division rival.

"It's pretty cool", Gorton said shortly after the lottery, which was won by the Devils, who will pick first in the June 21-22 draft in Vancouver.

In addition to holding the first pick - which the organization will nearly certainly use to draft American centre Jack Hughes - New Jersey also owns three second-round selections as it continues to build under Shero.

The top two prospects are American center Jack Hughes, 17, and Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko, 18. ". I'd be honored and really happy to play for New Jersey one day".

The likely first-overall pick in the 2019 draft is US National Development Team center Jack Hughes, who recorded 23 goals and 86 points in 41 games, now the program's all-time points leader. When both teams prepare to face each other-especially as their rebuilds progress-the stakes of each game will now be higher, not only for the opportunity to maintain or recapture the rivalry's competitive upper-hand, but because the question of who drafted the better player in 2019 will become a newfound topic of debate among both fan bases. "It'd be great", head coach Jeff Blashill said on Monday. Granted, the closer the team is to the tenth overall pick than the first, the less of a chance at one of the best pieces. "I think it bodes well for the next year, not only [the young guys], but Toews and Kane are ready to keep going". When you mix those forwards with the potential of adding forwards; Joe Veleno, Evgeny Svechnikov, defencemen Filip Hronek, Dennis Cholowski, Jared McIsaac and whoever the team drafts this summer to the lineup, we start to once again see the sun begin to shine through the thick clouds over Detroit.

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