Oilers win NHL draft lottery and chance to select McDavid

Apr 18, 2015 8:56 PM by Ross Field

AP Hockey Writer

The Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL draft lottery and the right to select Erie Otters star center Connor McDavid with the top pick.

The Oilers bucked the odds Saturday night after finishing 28th in the NHL standings. They had just an 11.5 percent chance to win the lottery.

At 20 percent, the Buffalo Sabres had the best odds to win, followed by the Arizona Coyotes at 13.5 percent among the 14 non-playoff teams

The Sabres will pick second and the chance to land a highly touted consolation prize in Boston University freshman center Jack Eichel.

The lottery was held in Toronto.

This marked the second straight year Buffalo lost the lottery, after Florida won last year.

The draft will be in Sunrise, Florida, on June 26.

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