Devils to get top pick after winning National Hockey League lottery, eyeing Jack Hughes

Devils to get top pick after winning National Hockey League lottery, eyeing Jack Hughes

For the second time in three years, the Devils will pick first. He was named general manager in 2015 and recently signed a multi-year extension to stay in the post. Hischier has also been valued more and utilized to a greater extent in New Jersey, eventually slotting into the team's No. 1 center slot and establishing chemistry with Taylor Hall. The team severely outstripped expectations by getting into the post-season past year. The 18-year-old set a Finnish league record with 22 goals in his rookie season to go along with 16 assists for 38 points in 45 games.

The 15 teams that failed to qualify for the 2019 playoffs - or the franchises that acquired the first-round picks of non-playoff clubs - participated in the lottery.

At the 2018 trade deadline, the Blueshirts penned an open letter to fans preaching patience as the club tried to till the soil.

NY entered the night in the sixth-best odds to win the draft, but considering historical evidence, there was not much optimism.

In recent years, this trend has also lacked from the Devils/Rangers rivalry, which is something the addition of Jack Hughes and Kaapo Kakko will revive.


Jeff Gorton said he believes in Hockey Gods and Karma, and now he believes in luck, too. This isn't to say Nolan Patrick won't be a good hockey player, but is now off to a slower start than Hischier. He's been a really good guy to me, really nice.

The Rangers' move from the sixth slot to No. 2 was big, but still didn't come close to matching the leap made by another Original Six team on Tuesday.

The night's other big victor was the Chicago Blackhawks, who went from No. 12 to No. 3 despite having just a 2.5 per cent chance of securing the top selection. We hope it's a superstar. "It's a different pool of player picking at three than it is at 12".

One Canadian, one Swiss and now, an American or a Finn, will be the nationality of the third Devil to be selected No. 1 overall in the NHL Draft. The Flyers, Wild, Panthers, Coyotes and Canadiens round out picks Nos.

The Blackhawks will select third overall, followed by the Avalanche, Kings, Red Wings, Sabres, Oilers, Ducks and Canucks. They met numerous times head-to-head that season and even opposed each other in CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that was played at Hall's home rink in Windsor.

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