NHL Draft Lottery: Leafs Win First Overall Pick

NHL Deputy Commissioner Bill Daly revealed the results of the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday evening at the CBC building in Toronto. The Toronto Maple Leafs have won the lottery, and therefore the right to the first overall selection in the 2016 Entry Draft, which will take place on June 24 and 25 in Buffalo, New York. The Leafs won with a 20% chance, after finishing in last place overall in the regular season.

The Winnipeg Jets were drawn as the winners of the second overall pick, after their 25th overall season placing gave them a 7.5% chance at winning the lottery, and the Blue Jackets will have the third overall pick, finishing 27th in the regular season and having a 9.5% chance of winning the first overall pick.

So, the first round of the draft will proceed in the following order:

  1. Toronto Maple Leafs
  2. Winnipeg Jets
  3. Columbus Blue Jackets
  4. Edmonton Oilers
  5. Vancouver Canucks
  6. Calgary Flames
  7. Arizona Coyotes
  8. Buffalo Sabres
  9. Montreal Canadiens
  10. Colorado Avalanche
  11. New Jersey Devils
  12. Ottawa Senators
  13. Carolina Hurricanes
  14. Boston Bruins

The Leafs are expected to pickĀ Auston Matthews first overall, as he has been the consensus #1 for much of the year. Winnipeg and Columbus will probably each take one of the Finnish prospects ranked second and third, Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi, respectively.

To see a scouting report for the player ranked where your team is drafting, check out LWOS’s 2016 NHL Entry Draft HQ. There, you’ll find a comprehensive list of our hockey department’s coverage of prospects available to be selected this year.

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