The Devils have the first selection in the 2019 NHL Draft.
New Jersey got the pick by winning the NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday beating out New York, which will pick second, and Chicago, which will select third.
It’s the first time the Rangers have been in the top three.
Here is the full order of the 2019 NHL Draft Lottery.
Odds to win the 2019 NHL Draft lottery
Points vs. No. 1 overall % vs. not landing top five %
|1. New Jersey Devils||72 points||11.5%||10%|
|2. New York Rangers||78 points||7.5%||77%|
|3. Chicago Blackhawks||84 points||2.5%||92%|
|4. Colorado Avalanche (via Ottawa)||64 points||18.5%||0.0%|
|5. Los Angeles Kings||71 points||13.5%||13%|
|6. Detroit Red Wings||74 points||9.5%||52%|
|7. Buffalo Sabres||76 points||8.5%||54%|
|8. Edmonton Oilers||79 points||6.5%||77%|
|9. Anaheim Ducks||80 points||6.0%||82%|
|10. Vancouver Canucks||81 points||5.0%||83%|
|11. Philadelphia Flyers||82 points||3.5%||88%|
|12. Minnesota Wild||83 points||3.0%||90%|
|13. Florida Panthers||86 points||2.0%||92%|
|14. Arizona Coyotes||86 points||1.5%||75%|
|15. Montreal Canadiens||96 points||1.0%||75%|
Now we see who “Lose for Hughes” worked out for as many fan bases took on that battle cry for the 2019 season in anticipation of the arrival of Jack Hughes, a center from the United States National Development Team out of Orlando, Florida.
Hughes broke Coyotes forward Clayton Keller’s NTDP all-time points record in March and is one of the best prospects to come out in several years. He is the brother of Canucks defenseman Quinn Hughes, who Vancouver took with the seventh-overall pick in the 2018 NHL Draft. They are the sons of Jim Hughes, who is a former assistant coach with the Bruins.
As good as Hughes is, it isn’t actually a forgone conclusion he goes first overall.
Kaapo Kakko, a Finnish forward, has been making waves as of late and could find his way into the top pick. Kakko has had one of the best seasons a 17-year-old forward has ever had in Liiga, the top professional league in Finland.
His numbers match up similarly with Jets forward Patrik Laine, which bodes very well for his future prospects.
The NHL Draft is scheduled for June 21 and 22 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.