Minnesota Wild Season Ends Without Playoffs, but Chance Top Pick

Minnesota Wild Season Ends Without Playoffs, but Chance Top Pick

After winning Tuesday's NHL Draft Lottery, Ray Shero wouldn't confirm the New Jersey Devils plan to select center Jack Hughes first overall. It's the second time in three years New Jersey has won the lottery.

The draft lottery featured 14 teams that failed to make the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, plus Colorado, which obtained Ottawa's first-round pick as one of seven pieces from the 2017 three-team trade involving Matt Duchene.

Ottawa, which finished 31st in the overall standings this season, could have sent the team's first pick at last June's draft to the Avalanche, but kept the selection and took winger Brady Tkachuk at No. 4.

MiHockey will be following along tonight, and we will have a story ready for the potential players the Red Wings could pick, based off where they officially land in the draft lottery.

The Devils claimed the top pick, and the Rangers will choose second.

It's the second time in three years that the Devils have defied the odds and wound up with the first overall pick.

The NHL Draft Lottery takes place on Tuesday (April 9).

The Devils' lottery win continues a weird run of luck for Hall in the draft lottery.

The Montreal Canadiens, Vancouver Canucks and Edmonton Oilers were the only Canadian teams involved in the lottery.

Hughes, who has spent the last two seasons playing with Team USA's National Team Development Program Under-18 team, is the No. 1 North American skater for the 2019 NHL Draft, according to Central Scouting. "I think Jack Hughes played well, and he was injured at World Juniors".

New Jersey and Philadelphia remained hostile opponents since drafting first and second overall in 2017, but Hischier is so far running away with the head-to-head competition against Patrick. He's been a really good guy to me, really nice. Dating back to previous year, the Avs gained the pick thanks to the Matt Duchene deal that sent the Senators' first-round pick to Avalanche. That would be 17-year-old Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko, who brings size and strength to a high-end offensive skill set. Kakko scored 22 goals, 38 points in 45 games for TPS in Finland, during a season in which he turned 18. The first round will be held Friday, June 21.

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