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Toronto wins 2016 NHL Draft Lottery

by Mike G. Morreale / New Jersey Devils

TORONTO -- The Toronto Maple Leafs will pick first in the 2016 NHL Draft after winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Saturday.

The Winnipeg Jets were awarded the No. 2 pick, and the Columbus Blue Jackets won the No. 3 selection.

The Maple Leafs are likely to use the pick to select center Auston Matthews of Zurich in the National League A, the top professional league in Switzerland. Matthews (6-foot-1, 210 pounds), a native of Scottsdale, Ariz., is No. 1 on NHL Central Scouting's final ranking of international skaters eligible for the draft. The 18-year-old won the league's Rising Star award and was second in voting for most valuable player in NLA after scoring 24 goals and 46 points in 36 games.

The 14 teams that did not qualify for the Stanley Cup Playoffs participated in the lottery.

For the first time, the lottery assigned the top three picks in the first round. As a result of this change, the team with the fewest points during the regular season was no longer guaranteed, at worst, the second pick. The Edmonton Oilers fell to the No. 4 pick.

Three draws were held: the first drawing determined the team selecting first, the second drawing determined the team selecting second, and the third drawing determined the team selecting third.

2016 NHL Draft 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

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