UPDATE: Edmonton gets the first pick, and everything else falls in place behind them: Boston, Florida, Columbus, Islanders.
Per NHL rules, there are only five teams with a chance of winning tonight's NHL Draft Lottery and snagging the top pick in this summer's draft.
The Edmonton Oilers have a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery but a 48.2 percent chance of getting the No. 1 pick if a team outside of the bottom five wins. The Oilers can do no worse than the second pick, which means either Taylor Hall of Tyler Seguin will
become the next star player to bitterly ask to leave Edmonton help provide a foundation for success.
The Boston Bruins have an 18.8 chance to offer the ultimate indignity to the Toronto Maple Leafs for the Phil Kessel trade; at least until the kid they draft makes his first all-star team. The Florida Panthers, who need a young star to build around like most towns in South Florida need multiple Denny's, have a 14.2-percent chance at winning. The Columbus Blue Jackets have a 10.7-percent chance at getting a center for Rick Nash(notes) or a defenseman to build around. The New York Islanders have an 8.1-percent chance of really pissing off a lot of people with back-to-back No. 1 Number Ones.
The Draft Lottery is on TSN and VERSUS at 8 p.m. this evening, so please to be joining us at 7:45 p.m. EST for our Puck Daddy Draft Lottery Live Blog/Chat. In the meantime, go waste a few minutes on the Oilers Draft Lottery Simulator.
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