Don't ever tell the Devils the odds. Entering Saturday's NHL Draft Lottery, New Jersey held just an 8.5% chance of being awarded with the first pick in June's entry draft. The Devils began the night slotted in the fifth draft pick slot and could've fallen as far as eighth. Luckily, the hockey gods had other plans in mind.
The Devils won the NHL Draft Lottery, earning themselves the first overall pick in the 2017 NHL Draft. Since the team's move to New Jersey, the club has never held the first overall pick. Devils GM Ray Shero showed his excitement for the Jersey fan-base and trusts John Hynes' track record of developing young talent following the draft lottery results. "This gives some optimism and hope to our fans, who deserve it. They've had some tough years lately, but certainly lived through a lot of good ones as well. [Devils coach John Hynes] has a good track record of developing good young players, and we're going to get one."
Fans of Jersey's Team shared their excitement along with Shero and voiced their excitement on Twitter. Check out the rapid reactions below.
It all started at 8PM when the Devils, Flyers and Stars vaulted into the Top 3 draft slots.
Moments later the results were in and it was true…The Devils defied the odds.
Adam Henrique wasted no time, giving credit to Shero (who isn't superstitious) for wearing his "lucky" tie.
Shero seemed to disagree with Rico, giving all the credit to Jersey Girl Kathryn Tappen.
The Devils chances were only listed at 8.5% to win the lottery. It seemed that the odds-makers didn't consider that Jersey already has the self-proclaimed "NHL Lottery Ball Specialist" on our roster.
Devils alum Bruce Driver received the birthday present he's been asking for.
The Boston College Eagles Hockey Team shared their congratulations to two hockey dads who they know pretty well.
NJ Devil was already having a good day (thanks to a double-OT ending in a particular playoff game) and winning the first overall pick was just the "cherry on top."
The #DevilsTwitter community all shared similar reactions.
Although Devils fans were ecstatic by the lottery results, not everyone seemed to share the same sentiment.
All-in-all, it was a good day for Jersey's Team.