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by Marc Ciampa / Edmonton Oilers

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The Edmonton Oilers won the draft lottery and will choose first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

More coverage to come, including an interview with Craig MacTavish and some of the prospects for the draft including Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.

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Oilers official press release:


    The Edmonton Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery tonight and earned the first drafting position for the First Round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
    This will be the fourth time the Oilers have selected first overall, after drafting Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and Nail Yakupov (2012) in consecutive years.
    The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the First Round, only, of the 2015 NHL Draft is as follows:
    1.        Edmonton Oilers
    2.        Buffalo Sabres
    3.        Arizona Coyotes
    4.        Toronto Maple Leafs
    5.        Carolina Hurricanes
    6.        New Jersey Devils
    7.        Philadelphia Flyers
    8.        Columbus Blue Jackets
    9.        San Jose Sharks
    10.      Colorado Avalanche
    11.      Florida Panthers
    12.      Dallas Stars
    13.      Los Angeles Kings
    14.      Boston Bruins
    The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    The drawing was conducted at Rogers Sportsnet’s studio in downtown Toronto and the winning team was revealed live on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada and NBC in the U.S. prior to their broadcast of Game 2 of the Penguins-Rangers First Round series.
    Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine. The machine randomly selected four balls. The resulting four-number series (without regard to selection order) was matched against a chart that shows all possible combinations and the Clubs to which each was assigned. The chart (available on showed that the Oilers had been assigned the numbers (1-5-6-14) that were expelled.
    The Oilers would have picked third based on inverse order of regular season finish, representing an 11.5% likelihood that their combination would emerge.
    Full odds of winning can be found here.
    The 2015 NHL Draft will be hosted by the Panthers at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida from June 26-27.
                         Results of Draft Drawings
Year       Selected              Effect on Draft Order     Player Selected
1995       Los Angeles        Moved from 7th to 3rd  D Aki Berg
1996       Ottawa Retained 1st selection   D Chris Phillips
1997       Boston  Retained 1st selection   C Joe Thornton
1998       Tampa Bay          Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades  C Vincent Lecavalier
1999       Chicago                Moved from 8th to 4th  RW Pavel Brendl *
2000       NY Islanders       Moved from 5th to 1st  G Rick DiPietro
2001       Atlanta Moved from 3rd to 1st  LW Ilya Kovalchuk
2002       Florida  Moved from 3rd to 1st  LW Rick Nash **
2003       Florida  Moved from 4th to 1st  G Marc-Andre Fleury ***
2004       Washington        Moved from 3rd to 1st  LW Alex Ovechkin
2005       Pittsburgh           n/a         C Sidney Crosby
2006       St. Louis               Retained 1st selection   D Erik Johnson
2007       Chicago                Moved from 5th to 1st  RW Patrick Kane
2008       Tampa Bay          Retained 1st selection   C Steven Stamkos
2009       NY Islanders       Retained 1st selection   C John Tavares
2010       Edmonton           Retained 1st selection   LW Taylor Hall
2011       New Jersey        Moved from 8th to 4th  D Adam Larsson
2012       Edmonton           Moved from 2nd to 1st RW Nail Yakupov
2013       Colorado              Moved from 2nd to 1st C Nathan MacKinnon
2014       Florida  Moved from 2nd to 1st D Aaron Ekblad
2015       Edmonton           Moved from 3rd to 1st
* NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.
** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.
*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall

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