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Canes to Pick 13th in 2016 NHL Draft

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
UPDATE: The Carolina Hurricanes have retained the 13th overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft.

This will mark the first time since 2011 that the Hurricanes have picked outside of the top 10. That year, the Canes selected defenseman Ryan Murphy with the 12th pick.

In addition to the 13th pick, the Hurricanes also own the 21st pick, which was acquired from Los Angeles last year in the Andrej Sekera trade.

CarolinaHurricanes.com will be profiling possible picks in June as the draft approaches.


“So you’re telling me there’s a chance.”

The NHL’s annual draft lottery will take place on Saturday, and it will be a bit different this year: all 14 non-playoff teams are still included but instead of one lottery to determine the first overall pick, there will be three separate lotteries to determine the first, second and third overall picks.

The Carolina Hurricanes have a 2 percent chance (13th best) at landing the first overall pick in the 2016 NHL Draft, which will be held on June 24 and 25 at First Niagara Center in Buffalo. Chances for the remaining scenarios are dependent on the results of each lottery.

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

  • 1st pick: The Canes win the first lottery (2 percent chance)
  • 2nd pick: The Canes win the second lottery
  • 3rd pick: The Canes win the third lottery
  • 13th pick: Any three of the 12 teams below the Canes in the standings win the three lotteries
  • 14th pick: Boston wins any of the three lotteries

The Toronto Maple Leafs, who finished with the fewest points in the league (69), enter this year’s lottery as the favorite to win with 20 percent odds. In fact, the seven Canadian clubs hold a combined 68.5 percent chance of landing the first overall pick. Last year, the Edmonton Oilers leapfrogged both the Arizona Coyotes and Buffalo Sabres to win the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

Should the Canes retain the 13th pick, it will mark the first year since 2011 in which the team will pick outside of the top 10. That year, the team selected defenseman Ryan Murphy with the 12th pick. Of note, the Hurricanes will also hold the 21st overall pick in the first round, which was acquired from Los Angeles last year in the Andrej Sekera trade.

A complete list of lottery odds and more can be found here. The results of the lottery will be broadcast on Saturday, April 30 at 8 p.m. on NBC in the United States and CBC in Canada.



Michael Smith
MICHAEL SMITH is the Web Producer for the Carolina Hurricanes.

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