NHL draft lottery: Oilers, Flames have top Canadian odds
Calgary, Vancouver have never had No. 1 slot
Canadian teams will be well represented on Tuesday night as the NHL draws the order of selection for the first 14 picks of the June 27 entry draft in Philadelphia.
The NHL uses a weighted system for these picks — the worse a team's record, the better its chance of landing the top choice.
Five Canadian teams are in the running for the top pick. A sixth spot was originally Ottawa's, but it was traded to Anaheim in the deal that sent Bobby Ryan to the Senators.
Edmonton has a Canadian team-high 14.2 per cent chance of winning the lottery, which would mark four times in five years the Oilers would select first.
Calgary is next on the Canadian list. The Flames have never had the No. 1 pick, nor have the Vancouver Canucks.
Toronto last selected first in 1985, ending up with fan favourite Wendel Clark.
The original Winnipeg Jets nabbed Dale Hawerchuk in the top spot in 1981, with the current franchise twice picking first when it was located in Atlanta (Patrick Stefan in 1999, Ilya Kovalchuk two years later).
Buffalo has the best chance of picking first, and according to the format, are ensured of no worse than the second slot. The team with the best odds last picked first in 2010.
New Jersey is listed but can't win due to a rules infraction from a previous trade. The Devils will pick 30th in the draft.
Here are each team's odds for the lottery, which takes place shortly after 8 p.m. ET in Toronto:
- Buffalo Sabres, 25.0 per cent
- Florida Panthers, 18.8
- Edmonton Oilers, 14.2
- Calgary Flames, 10.7
- New York Islanders, 8.1
- Vancouver Canucks, 6.2
- Carolina Hurricanes, 4.7
- Toronto Maple Leafs, 3.6
- Winnipeg Jets, 2.7
- Anaheim Ducks (from Ottawa Senators), 2.1
- New Jersey Devils, 1.5
- Nashville Predators, 1.1
- Phoenix Coyotes, 0.8
- Washington Capitals, 0.5