Bad luck drops Senators at draft lotto

The Ottawa Senators will pick sixth overall in the upcoming NHL entry draft.

The Ottawa Senators will pick sixth overall in the upcoming NHL entry draft.

The Senators finished fifth-last in the league this season, giving them an outside shot at the No. 1 overall pick on June 24 in Minnesota. The lottery ball didn’t fall their way, however, instead sinking them down a spot.

The Edmonton Oilers will have first choice, one year after taking Taylor Hall first. The New Jersey Devils are considered the lotto winner after making the biggest jump (from eighth to fourth).

The top prospect this year is Red Deer centre Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, with Swedish defenceman Adam Larsson a close second.

These were the odds of the listed teams getting the No. 1 overall pick in the lottery:

EDM 48.2
COL 18.8
FLA 14.2
NYI 10.7
OTT 8.1

Now, speculation about the actual selections begins. Earlier on Tuesday, NHL Central Scouting released its final rankings for the upcoming draft.

Here are the top-Five North American skaters:

1. Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, C, Red Deer
2. Gabriel Landeskog, LW, Kitchener
3. Jonathan Huberdeau, C, St. John
4. Dougie Hamilton, D, Niagara
5. Nathan Beaulieu, D, St. John

Only one European skater, Larsson, is expected to go in the top five.

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