Oilers drop to third after NHL draft lottery

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish says the team will work to develop the offensive skills of Nail Yakupov,...

Oilers GM Craig MacTavish says the team will work to develop the offensive skills of Nail Yakupov, right, and if they can't sign an established top-line defenceman, are ready to go with a young defensive corps including Martin Marincin, left. (CODIE MCLACHLAN/QMI Agency)

TERRY JONES, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:33 PM ET

Winning their last game for Ryan Smyth may have provided the feel-good story of the year for the Edmonton Oilers and their fans.

But it doesn’t feel so good today.

The win moved the Oilers from 29th to 28th. And at the NHL draft lottery Tuesday it cost Edmonton what could have been its fourth No. 1 overall selection in the last five years.

The No. 1 pick went to 29th-place Florida.

The Oilers will pick third.

“I’m not devastated by it, that’s for sure,” said MacTavish.

“It’s very debatable which players will be the best players over time. I didn’t want to drop back to No. 4. That was the important thing.”

The day before MacTavish said “There would be regret” if Florida won the No. 1 pick.

Still, it was another loss to complete the most disappointing season in Edmonton Oilers history.

Does it mean Barrie Colts’ defenceman Aaron Ekblad, the only defenceman in most No. 1 projections, likely won’t end up an Oiler?


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