Devils will pick first at 2017 NHL Draft

Cape Breton Post - - Sports -

TORONTO - The New Jersey Devils were the big win­ners of Satur­day’s NHL Draft Lot­tery mov­ing up from No. 5 to earn the top se­lec­tion in June’s NHL Draft, much to the sur­prise of gen­eral man­ager Ray Shero. The Devils, who fin­ished 27th over­all this sea­son with a 2840-4 record, had an 8.5 per cent chance of win­ning the lot­tery. The Devils fran­chise has se­lected first over­all once pre­vi­ously when the Colorado Rock­ies picked de­fence­man Rob Ra­m­age in 1979.

The Fly­ers were the big­gest movers at Satur­day’s lot­tery. Philadel­phia came in with just a 2.2 per cent shot at the top pick and wound up with the No. 2 over­all se­lec­tion.

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