JAN. 15, 2017:

The Hockey News - - Buzz -

You could make a good case that no team suf­fered a worse lottery fate than the Canucks, who en­dured a mis­er­able year, fin­ished 29th, then dropped down mul­ti­ple spots in the draft to the fifth pick for the sec­ond straight year.

But their sea­son would’ve had a much nicer end­ing if it weren’t for this long-for­got­ten mid-sea­son con­test in Van­cou­ver. The game it­self wasn’t es­pe­cially mem­o­rable, with the Devils and Canucks ex­chang­ing sec­ond-pe­riod goals. That was it for reg­u­la­tion, and the two teams headed to over­time.

In hind­sight, a Canucks win would’ve flipped them with New Jersey in the fi­nal stand­ings, mov­ing Van­cou­ver up to 27th and dropping the Devils be­hind the Coy­otes. But it wasn’t to be, as the Devils picked up the game-win­ner roughly 90 sec­onds into sud­den death. While we didn’t know it at the time, the goal ended up clinch­ing the first over­all pick.

And who scored that lottery-win­ning goal? Tay­lor Hall, of course.

Les­son learned, Van­cou­ver. No­body beats Hall when it comes to the NHL draft lottery.

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