Devils will pick first at 2017 NHL Draft
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.