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Canes to Pick 5th in 2015 NHL Draft

by Michael Smith / Carolina Hurricanes
UPDATE: The Carolina Hurricanes have retained the fifth overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft.

This will mark the Hurricanes' second No. 5 pick in the last three years. The Canes selected Elias Lindholm fifth overall in 2013, and with the seventh pick last year, Carolina selected Haydn Fleury.

This Draft is highly regarded in terms of its top-tier talent, and the fifth pick should yield quite a quality prospect. We'll be previewing the team's possible picks in June as the Draft approaches.

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May the odds be ever in your favor.

The NHL’s annual draft lottery, in which all 14 non-playoff teams have the opportunity to win the first overall draft pick, will take place on Saturday. The Carolina Hurricanes, who finished 26th in the league, have an 8.5 percent chance (fifth-best) at landing the first overall pick in the 2015 NHL Draft, which will be held on June 26 and 27 at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida.

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

  • 1st pick: The Canes win the lottery (8.5 percent chance)
  • 5th pick: Any one of the four teams below the Canes in the standings wins the lottery (54.5 percent chance)
  • 6th pick: Any one of the nine teams above the Canes in the standings wins the lottery (37 percent chance)

The Buffalo Sabres, who finished with the fewest points in the league (54) for the second season in a row, enter this year’s lottery as the favorite to win, but they still hold just a one-in-five chance of scoring the first overall pick. Last year, the Florida Panthers leapfrogged the Sabres to claim the first pick, which they used to select defenseman Aaron Ekblad.

This marks the third year in a row in which the Canes will pick in the top 10. Last year, they selected defenseman Haydn Fleury seventh overall and the year prior, Elias Lindholm was chosen with the fifth pick.

A complete list of lottery odds and more can be found here. The results of the lottery will be broadcast on Saturday, April 18 at 8 p.m. (immediately preceding the start of Game 2 of Penguins-Rangers) on NBC in the United States and CBC in Canada.

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