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Avalanche to Select 10th at 2015 NHL Draft

by Ron Knabenbauer / Colorado Avalanche

The Colorado Avalanche held its position at Saturday night’s NHL Draft Lottery and will select 10th overall at this summer’s draft.

The results of the lottery were revealed live on national television in the United States and in Canada from the Rogers SportsNet television studios in Toronto, Ontario.

Colorado, which finished this past season 21st out of the 30 teams, entered the lottery with the 11th-best odds of earning the No. 1 pick at 3.5 percent.

The Edmonton Oilers won the No. 1 overall selection after going into the lottery with the third-best odds at 11.5 percent.

This year's draft lottery saw changes to the format, which included adjusting the odds of winning the first overall selection. The 10 highest-finishing non-playoff qualifying teams received higher (better) Draft Lottery odds than they did previously while the four lowest-finishing teams receiving lower (lesser) odds. The Buffalo Sabres, which finished the season 30th in the league and had the best lottery odds at 20 percent, will have the No. 2 overall selection.

Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine, which then randomly selected four of them. The resulting four-number series (without regard to selection order) was matched against a chart that showed all possible combinations and the clubs to which each was assigned.

This is the second time in franchise history that the Avalanche organization will have the No. 10 overall pick at the draft. The club last selected 10th in 1993 when the Quebec Nordiques chose goaltender Jocelyn Thibault.

The 2015 NHL Draft will be June 26-27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida. The first round will take place on Friday, June 26, while rounds two through seven will be conducted on Saturday, June 27.

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