The Oilers stood an 18.8% chance of winning the first pick of the 2012 NHL Draft Lottery and they managed to earn the No. 1 pick for the THIRD straight year! you can watch the 2012 NHL Draft Lottery HERE.
“I guess if you’re in the lottery and you come here you might as well win it,” said Steve Tambellini, the Oilers general manager. “I feel really excited about the fact that now another young talent hopefully at the level of what the past few picks have been is coming…. To add another player like that is pretty exciting for our organization.”
The only other team to make three consecutive No. 1 picks was the Quebec Nordiques from 1989-1991 and they went on to win a Stanley Cup in Denver five years later.
With Taylor Hall and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins already participating in key roles for the Oilers, another top prospect could really help secure the future success of the organization.
The results of the draft are as follows:
#1 – Edmonton Oilers
#2 – Columbus Blue Jackets
#3 – Montreal Canadiens
#4 – New York Islanders
#5 – Toronto Maple Leafs