TORONTO (AP) — The Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL’s draft lottery, and own the No. 1 selection for the third straight year.
Edmonton had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the first overall pick in the lottery held on Tuesday night.
After choosing center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins last year, and fellow forward Taylor Hall No. 1 in 2010, the Oilers will now be in line to take Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov, unless they trade the pick.
The Columbus Blue Jackets, who had the best chance to win the lottery after a league-worst 29-46-7 mark, will choose second, followed by the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs on June 22 in Pittsburgh.