For the first time in three years, the Edmonton Oilers will not have their pick of the litter and select first overall in the NHL Draft.
On Monday, the Oilers were awarded the seventh pick in this year’s draft to be held June 30th in New Jersey.
The Colorado Avalanche won the draft lottery, giving them the first pick. The Avalanche moved up one spot, having finished 29th this season. The Florida Panthers, who finished with the worst record this season, dropped down to the second spot.
Portland Winterhawks defenceman Seth Jones is expected to be selected by the Avalanche with the first pick this June.
Jones, a Denver product and son of former NBA player Popeye Jones, led the United States to a gold medal at the World Junior Championships in January and has the Winterhawks in the WHL final.
The 6-foot-3, 208-pound, smooth-skating defenceman has all the tools to become a franchise player.
The Oilers don’t stand a chance of getting him.