Oilers win Connor McDavid draft lottery

The Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL draft lottery for the fourth time in six seasons, only this time the prize is a franchise-changing talent.

  1. The Oilers on Saturday night earned the right to pick Connor McDavid first overall at the draft this June in Sunrise, Fla.
  2. McDavid is considered a once-in-a-generation talent like Sidney Crosby, Mario Lemieux and four-time Oilers Stanley Cup-winner Wayne Gretzky.

    Minutes after winning the lottery, Oilers assistant general manager Bill Scott declined to confirm the team would be selecting McDavid. Scott did say it would be very tough to imagine trading the first pick, given the calibre of talent available at the top of this draft.
  3. McDavid starred for Canada at the world junior championship and finished third in the Ontario Hockey League in scoring despite missing six weeks. Edmonton's biggest weakness has been a lack of a second-line centre behind Nugent-Hopkins, so McDavid fills its most glaring need. The Oilers had a 11.5 per cent chance of winning the lottery.
  4. Reaction to the news flowed quickly on social media:
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