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Canes Retain Pick No. 7

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
UPDATE: The Carolina Hurricanes have retained the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NHL Draft.

This will be the Hurricanes' second consecutive top 10 draft pick after the Canes selected Elias Lindholm fifth overall last year. The Canes' last seventh overall pick happened just four years ago in 2010, when the team selected Jeff Skinner, who is now a two-time 30-goal scorer.

Though this Draft isn't as stacked with top-end talent as last year's class, the seventh pick should yield a quality prospect. We'll be previewing the team's possible picks in June as the Draft approaches.

It might be a long shot, but there’s a chance.

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For the second year in a row, all non-playoff teams have the opportunity to land the first overall pick in the NHL Draft.

The Carolina Hurricanes, who finished 24th in the league, have a 4.7 percent chance (seventh-best) at scoring the first pick in the 2014 NHL Draft, which will be held on June 26 and 27 at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia.

The following are the potential draft pick scenarios for the Hurricanes:

  • 1st pick: The Canes win the lottery (4.7 percent chance)
  • 7th pick: Any one of the six teams below the Canes in the standings wins the lottery (83 percent chance)
  • 8th pick: Any one of the seven teams above the Canes in the standings wins the lottery (12.3 percent chance)

The Buffalo Sabres, who finished with the fewest points in the league (52), enter this year’s lottery as the favorite to win, but the balls have bounced in a different direction in the last three years. In 2011, New Jersey, who had just a 3.6 percent chance of winning the lottery, did so to move from the eighth pick to the fourth pick. In 2012, Edmonton leap-frogged Columbus to land the first pick. Last year, the first year in which all non-playoff teams had a shot at the first pick, Colorado hopped over Florida to score the first pick. In four out of the five years prior to this recent stretch, the odds-on favorite won the lottery to retain the first pick.

The Canes have picked in the top 10 five times in the last 11 years, the most recent selection being Elias Lindholm at fifth overall last year in New Jersey. The last time Carolina had the No. 7 overall pick was 2010, and that worked out all right, as the team drafted future Calder Trophy-winning forward Jeff Skinner.

A complete list of lottery odds and history can be found here. The lottery will be broadcast Tuesday, April 15 at 8 p.m. on NBCSN in the United States and TSN in Canada.

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