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:
Here's the full breakdown of the lottery order at this year's draft:
|2015 NHL Draft Lottery Results|
|4||Toronto Maple Leafs|
|6||New Jersey Devils|
|8||Columbus Blue Jackets|
|9||San Jose Sharks|
|13||Los Angeles Kings|
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:
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:
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:
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:
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:
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.