The Avalanche had an 18.8 percent chance of moving from second overall to first overall, but it was the Devils' eighth overall pick—which had a 3.6 percent chance of winning—that moved up to fourth overall, previously the spot of the New York Islanders.
Before the lottery took place, TSN expert Bob McKenzie released his top ten draft rankings based on the opinions of ten NHL scouts.
Among the top three picks were center Ryan Nugent-Hopkins of the WHL's Red Deer Rebels, defenseman Adam Larsson of the SEL's Skelleftea HC and right wing Gabriel Landeskog of the OHL's Kitchener Rangers.
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