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Hall works Draft Lottery magic as Devils win top pick again

Forward's team earned No. 1 selection for fifth time in his nine NHL seasons

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

Taylor Hall did it again.

The New Jersey Devils left wing and apparent NHL Draft Lottery whisperer improved upon the "record that will stand forever" after his team earned the top pick for the fifth time in nine NHL seasons.

Tweet from @hallsy09: They talk about Gretzky���s 92 goals or Sittler���s 10 pts in one game as records that may never be broken. But winning 5 draft lotteries in your first 9 years in the league? In 2 different draft lottery eras, no less. That is a record that will stand forever.

Hall, who was selected with the top pick in the 2010 NHL Draft after the Edmonton Oilers won the lottery that year, watched Edmonton pick first three times (2011, 2012 and 2015) in his six seasons there. New Jersey has earned the top pick twice in three years since he was traded there for Adam Larsson on June 29, 2016.

After the Devils won the lottery, and the right to select Nico Hischier at that year's draft, in 2017, Hall called himself lottery ball specialist.That was proven again Tuesday, when New Jersey beat the odds, moving up from No. 3 to the top pick at the 2019 NHL Draft in Vancouver on June 21.

Earlier in the day, Hall indicated he might be feeling a little lucky in what was probably a message to the universe that he was getting his mojo working. 

Tweet from @hallsy09: This has been some kind of heater folks. This is like when you���ve hit the blackjack tables and made 10x the money you came with. For one final bet, you toss on half your winnings and hope for the best. Either way, you���ve gotten lucky and came out ahead. Here goes https://t.co/sbrRmx770V

Hall may have delivered the good fortune, but he wasn't he only Devils player to post his excitement after winning the lottery.

Tweet from @BColes25: 🥇👊

Tweet from @eddielack: Ray Shero only GM to smile during the presentation. He earned that pick!!! Happy for Jersey fans great things ahead.

Devils president Hugh Weber even hugged the lottery machine.

Tweet from @hughweber1: That'll do lottery balls, that'll do 😊 pic.twitter.com/cUa4EuPq6q

All in all, it was an unforgettable night for the franchise. 

Tweet from @NJDevils: *watching on repeat* pic.twitter.com/Yxu8w1ROGN

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