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NHL Draft Lottery Preview: Pick #5

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- High five.

Due to the new structure of the NHL Draft Lottery, the Calgary Flames hold a 9.1 percent chance of drafting fifth overall at the 2016 NHL Draft.

A little confused as to how the new lottery works? Here's a quick breakdown:

The lottery will assign the top three picks, which is a change from past years when it was only utilized to assign the first overall selection. The first lottery will assign the first overall pick, the second lottery will assign the following selection, and the third lottery will decide the team who selects third overall.

As a result, the team earning the least amount of points in the regular season is no longer guaranteed, at worst, the second overall selection. That team can now drop to fourth overall with the new lottery process.

The teams not selected in the three lottery draws will be assigned selections in inverse of regular season points.

So, for the Flames to pick fifth overall, three of the bottom four teams would need to win the three lotteries.

With the lottery just four days away, has profiled three players that could be available at the fifth pick.

Alexander Nylander - Right Wing

Birthdate: Mar. 2, 1998

Birthplace: Calgary, AB

Shoots: Right

Height: 6'0

Weight: 176 lbs.

Another Nylander is about to hear his name called at the NHL Draft. Alexander, son of former Flame Michael Nylander and younger brother of Leafs prospect William Nylander, opted to play in North America during his draft-eligible season and it has paid off. He led the Mississauga Steelheads in scoring with 28 goals and 75 points in 57 games, netting the OHL rookie of the year honours, and saw his stock rise steadily throughout the 2015-16 season.

The youngest Nylander is all about offensive creativity and finesse. As his offensive totals in Mississauga show, he has no problem producing thanks to his incredible skill level and speed. He's not a physical player, which is a knock for some, but teams eyeing him up wouldn't be searching for a gritty forward but a player with high-end offensive talent. That being said, he will need to put on muscle to aid in his ability to create space at the next level of play and withstand the rigors of professional hockey.

Jakob Chychrun - Defence

Birthdate: Mar. 31, 1998

Birthplace: Boca Raton, FL

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'2

Weight: 194 lbs.

In two years in first two years in the Ontario Hockey League, Chychrun has established himself as one of the league's top defenceman thanks to his two-way game and the physical edge he plays with. In 2015-16, he led all Sarnia defencemen in scoring with 11 goals and 49 points while racking up 51 PIM and a plus-23 rating. In seven games at the U18's, where he played for Canada, he scored one goal and four points.

He could very well be the first defenceman taken at the NHL Draft this year thanks to a complete all-around game, pro-ready frame, and an above average hockey IQ. His skating could be tabbed as elite, making him even more dangerous when he opts to join the rush. In his own zone, he's ahead of the curve in terms of his awareness and positioning. Chychrun also boasts a very heavy shot, which makes him a valuable asset on the power play.

Mikhail Sergachev - Defence

Birthdate: Jun. 25, 1998

Birthplace: Nizhnekamsk, RUS

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'2

Weight: 205 lbs.

If scouts have Chychrun as the top defenceman in the draft class, Sergachev isn't far behind him. The Russian rearguard came over to North America in 2015-16 and immediately integrated himself into the fold with the Windsor Spitfires. In 67 regular season contests, Sergachev scored 17 goals and 57 points, which placed him second in scoring among rookie defencemen in the OHL.

Sergachev plays an aggressive style of game and oozes competitiveness. He isn't afraid to leap into the play and relishes being involved in key moments of games. He's a strong skater that hits top speed within a few strides and is agile on his feet. In addition to his offensive skill, he is responsible in his own end and was used on both the power play and penalty kill for the Spitfires this year.

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