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NHL Draft Lottery Preview: Pick #6

by Torie Peterson / Calgary Flames

CALGARY, AB -- If you're a betting person, odds are you would put money on the Calgary Flames picking sixth overall at the 2016 NHL Draft.

The Flames have a 35.5 percent chance of getting the sixth pick this summer -- the highest percentage of any of the seven places they could potentially be drafting at.

If you're a little confused about how the new NHL Draft Lottery breaks down, here's a brief refresher on its new structure.

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.

Because of this, teams can now drop back up to three places if they don't win one of the lotteries.

For the Flames to pick sixth overall, one team that finished ahead of them in the standings would need to win one of the three lotteries.

Ahead of Saturday's lottery, CalgaryFlames.com has highlighted three players who could be available when the sixth pick rolls around.

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.

Olli Juolevi - Defence

Birthdate: May 5, 1998

Birthplace: Helsinki, FIN

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'2

Weight: 183 lbs.

After playing in his home country of Finland for the first few years of his junior career, Juolevi opted to come to North America for his draft-eligible season. Selected 45th overall by the London Knights in the 2015 CHL Import Draft, the defenceman scored nine goals and 42 points in his first 57 regular season skates in the OHL. He won gold with Finland at the 2016 IIHF World Junior Championship, picking up nine assists in seven games and being named to the tournament's All-Star team.

It's easy to see similarities between Juolevi and his fellow Finn Olli Maatta. Their skating styles resemble one another, they both have been lauded for their hockey sense, and both play a strong two-way game. He brings a calming presence to the ice, making poised, intelligent decisions with and without the puck. With a 6-foot-2 frame, he has room to add more muscle and elevate his physical game.

Mikhail Sergachev - Defence

Birthdate: Jun. 25, 1998

Birthplace: Nizhnekamsk, RUS

Shoots: Left

Height: 6'2

Weight: 205 lbs.

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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