NEW YORK - The ball is now in the court of the New York Islanders.
They won the NHL's draft lottery on Tuesday night and will have the top selection at Montreal's Bell Centre on June 26. The Islanders finished 30th overall this season and had the best odds of landing the No. 1 pick.
That's exactly what happened when deputy commissioner Bill Daly announced the results of the draw, giving the Isles the top pick for the first time since 2000.
It appears that they'll have to choose between highly touted centre John Tavares and Swedish defenceman Victor Hedman.
Tavares was the top-ranked North American skater in final rankings by the NHL Central Scouting Bureau while Hedman remained tops among Europeans.