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New Jersey didn't move on Draft Lottery night, remaining in the No. 4 position

by Sam Kasan @SamiKasan /

It's official. The New Jersey Devils own the fourth-overall pick in the first round of the 2021 NHL Draft. 

The league held its annual Draft Lottery Wednesday night at the NHL Network Studio in Secaucus, N.J. with the Devils staying in their previous position of fourth. 

Buffalo, which held the highest odds of winning as a result of finishing with the worst record in the league, won the lottery and will remain at No. 1. Expansion Seattle won the second drawing and move up to the second-overall pick from third, leaping Anaheim.

Heading into the night, the Devils had a 10.3-percent chance of winning the lottery, tied for third best with Seattle, but the bouncing balls did not fall their way. 

Here is a look at the Top-10 projected prospects heading into the draft. 

The Devils had previously won the lottery drawing on three occasions in the past decade (moved from eighth to fourth in 2011; Adam Larsson; first pick in 2017, Nico Hischier; first pick in 2019, Jack Hughes). 

Selecting Larsson with the fourth-overall pick in 2011 was the only other time New Jersey picked in the four-spot in the franchise's history. 

The 2021 NHL Draft will be held virtually over two days on July 23 (Round 1) and 24 (Rounds 2-7).



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