NHL Draft Lottery Results 2015: Selection Order, Analysis and Twitter Reaction

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistApril 19, 2015

Edmonton Oilers' Nail Yakupov, right, of Russia, and Derek Roy celebrate Yakupov's goal against the Vancouver Canucks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, British Columbia, Saturday, April 11, 2015. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Darryl Dyck)
DARRYL DYCK/Associated Press

It's a great night in Edmonton. 

Despite coming into the NHL draft lottery with the third-best odds of winning the top overall selection, the Edmonton Oilers won the lottery and will pick No. 1 overall. 

SportsCenter on Twitter noted that the Oilers have made it a habit of landing the top overall pick:

SportsCenter @SportsCenter

THIS JUST IN: Edmonton Oilers win NHL draft lottery and will have No. 1 overall pick. It's the 4th time in 6 seasons they've had top pick.

Here's the full breakdown of the lottery order at this year's draft:

2015 NHL Draft Lottery Results
1Edmonton Oilers
2Buffalo Sabres
3Arizona Coyotes
4Toronto Maple Leafs
5Carolina Hurricanes
6New Jersey Devils
7Philadelphia Flyers
8Columbus Blue Jackets
9San Jose Sharks
10Colorado Avalanche
11Florida Panthers
12Dallas Stars
13Los Angeles Kings
14Boston Bruins

While anything could happen between now and the June 26 draft, it's fairly obvious what the Oilers will be doing with the top overall pick, as Frank Seravalli of the Philadelphia Daily News tweeted:

Frank Seravalli @frank_seravalli

Edmonton Oilers win the Connor McDavid sweepstakes.

Connor McDavid is considered the best prospect to hit the NHL since Sidney Crosby, so it would be rather shocking if the Oilers didn't select him. He'll join a group of former lottery selections in Edmonton, as Tim Wharnsby of CBC Sports tweeted: 

Tim Wharnsby @TimWharnsby

#Oilers drafts 2010 - Hall 1st 2011 - Nugent Hopkins 1st 2012 - Yakupov 1st 2013 - Nurse 7th 2014 - Draisaitl 3rd 2015 - McDavid 1st

The fact that the Oilers haven't reached the playoffs in all of that time, however, left more than a few folks feeling a bit sorry for McDavid, including Bruce Arthur of the Toronto Star, who couldn't resist taking a few jabs at the organization:

Bruce Arthur @bruce_arthur

Connor McDavid is doing a good job hiding the roiling pit of fear enveloping his stomach

Bruce Arthur @bruce_arthur

"That's an unbelievable organization," said Connor McDavid of the Oilers, and in a way it's true

Indeed, McDavid—who was present at the lottery drawing and gave an interview afterward on NBC—didn't seem overly thrilled with the happenings of the evening, as Amalie Benjamin of The Boston Globe noted:

Amalie Benjamin @AmalieBenjamin

Connor McDavid doesn't look, shall we say, happy?

In most years, of course, the most devastated parties involved would have been the Buffalo Sabres organization, which held the best odds for winning the lottery. But this draft is expected to have not one, but two generational talents, as Marc Stein of ESPN tweeted:

Marc Stein @TheSteinLine

Edmonton Oilers get the frozen envelope. FINE. The next Paul Kariya -- American Jagr -- is coming to the @BuffaloSabres. Welcome Jack Eichel

So instead, the biggest loser on the night was the Arizona Coyotes, as the team dropped out of the top two picks altogether and lost the chance to draft either McDavid or Boston University's Jack Eichel.

While there are talented prospects following that pair—defenseman Noah Hanifin is an excellent consolation prize—losing out on the chance to draft one of the two players expected to take the NHL by storm has to be hugely disappointing. 

But in Edmonton, it's a great night. And in Buffalo, well, fans can't really complain. 

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