Hockey

Oilers land bonus draft pick from Ducks

The Edmonton Oilers will have an extra first-round draft choice at their disposal next year thanks to a condition inserted in last summer's trade that sent Chris Pronger to the Anaheim Ducks.

Count Kevin Lowe among those happy to see Anaheim in the Stanley Cup final.

The Oilers general manager will have an extra first-round draft choice at his disposal next year thanks to a condition inserted in last summer's trade that sent star defenceman Chris Pronger to the Ducks.

The clause stipulated that if Anaheim made it to the Cup final this year— which it did by wrapping up its Western Conference final against the Detroit Red Wings with a victory on Tuesday— Edmonton would get the Ducks' first-round pick in 2008.

"It's been an interesting spring, trying to convince people that after all the fallout [from the Pronger deal], we needed to be cheering for Anaheim up until now," Lowe, whose team missed the playoffs, told the Canadian Press on Wednesday.

"It's official: we can start cheering for Ottawa as of last night."

Lowe dealt Pronger —who led Edmonton to the 2006 Cup final —to the Ducks last July 3 in exchange for winger Joffrey Lupul, prospect defenceman Ladislav Smid, a first-round draft pick in the 2007 entry draft, a second-round draft choice in the 2008 draft and "future considerations."

That became a first-rounder when Anaheim played its way into a Cup-final meeting with the Ottawa Senators, though it will be at best the second-to-last pick of the opening round.

"I'm very happy to pay it," Ducks GM Brian Burke told CP on Wednesday. "What happened is that we were getting the deal done and Kevin said, 'I'm giving you a ticket to the final.' So I said, 'Well, if we make it to the final, I'll put in another first-rounder.'"

With files from the Canadian Press

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