NHL Draft Lottery 2013: Live Blog, Analysis and Instant Reaction

Many consider 18-year-old defenseman Seth Jones a virtual lock at No. 1.
Many consider 18-year-old defenseman Seth Jones a virtual lock at No. 1.Bruce Bennett/Getty Images
Tyler DonohueNational Recruiting AnalystApril 29, 2013

The NHL draft lottery went just about according to plan until the Colorado Avalanche swooped in to snag the top selection. The event could ultimately shape the outlook for various organizations in years to come and the Avs are certain to eye up defenseman Seth Jones.

The 18-year-old prospect started his ice hockey career in Denver.

For the first time in league history, each of the 14 lottery teams were eligible to acquire the No. 1 overall selection in the 2013 NHL amateur draft. Last season, the Edmonton Oilers vaulted the Columbus Blue Jackets on top of the draft board to claim the No. 1 pick.

A 2013 regular season defined by uncertainty and surprises immediately led up to a rather status quo draft lottery. Picks 3-14 went to the teams originally pegged in that position. 

Complete coverage of the event can be found below.

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