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After the NHL Draft lottery, the Red Wings will pick ninth

The Colorado Avalanche end up in fourth after New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and Dallas Stars jump up

by Dana Wakiji @Dwakiji / DetroitRedWings.com

The Red Wings' first time in the NHL Draft Lottery was somewhat anticlimactic.

The National Hockey League has been holding a draft lottery since 1995, which means the Wings had never participated.

The Wings had just a 6.7 percent chance of getting the first overall pick, which did not happen, even with Kris Draper in Toronto representing the team.

The Wings ended up in ninth, pushed down two places.

The lucky teams ended up being the New Jersey Devils, Philadelphia Flyers and the Dallas Stars.

The Devils will pick first for first time since 1979, moving up from fifth.

The Flyers jumped up from 13th to second. It will be the second time in their history the Flyers have chosen second. They took James van Riemsdyk second in the 2007 NHL Draft.

The Stars moved up to third, gaining five spots.

The last time the Wings selected in the top 10 was when they selected forward Martin Lapointe with the 10th puck in 1991.

The last time they chose a player ninth was defenseman Willie Huber in 1978.

Huber played 12 seasons, five with Detroit.

The Colorado Avalanche, who had the best chance of winning the lottery, ended up fourth.

The NHL Entry Draft will take place June 23-24 at the United Center in Chicago. 

This is the order of the top 15 picks, with the rest to be set following the playoffs:

1. New Jersey Devils

2. Philadelphia Flyers

3. Dallas Stars

4. Colorado Avalanche

5. Vancouver Canucks

6. Vegas Golden Knights

7. Arizona Coyotes

8. Buffalo Sabres

9. Detroit Red Wings

10. Florida Panthers

11. Los Angeles Kings

12. Carolina Hurricanes

13. Winnipeg Jets

14. Tampa Bay Lightning

15. New York Islanders

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