Latest bit of luck for Edmonton, please don’t mess it up

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The Edmonton Oilers didn’t win the NHL Draft Lottery this year which still surprises me even after the actual draft, but they still got a big win on the first day of this year’s selections.

Toronto and Winnipeg stuck to the script by taking Auston Matthews and Patrik Laine with the first two picks, then the Columbus Blue Jackets stepped up to the podium, and with all cameras pointed on Jesse Puljujärvi’s face, the Blue Jackets announced a different name, Pierre-Luc Dubois’ name to be exact.

Dubois is a high end prospect and at centre (despite only playing half a year at the position) he does address a need, but Puljujärvi was meant to round out a locked in top three, but instead, the Edmonton Oilers get lucky and quickly picked up the Finnish teenager who was named MVP of the 2016 World Juniors.

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2016 NHL Mock Draft – Full first round

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While there are only four teams left in the NHL playing hockey, the rest are playing golf, I’m going to look at which team is picking where in next month’s draft and tell you who they’re going to pick with almost everything that follows the top three selections being highly inaccurate.

For arguments sake I’ll list the bottom four teams (St. Louis, San Jose, Pittsburgh and Tampa Bay) in order of how they finished in the regular season standings, the team with the lowest points of the four will get back 27 for example and the highest will get pick 30.

I released a mock draft of the first 14 selections after the NHL Draft Lottery a few weeks back so you can check that out as well to see how much my selections have changed.

Here we go, the Toronto Maple Leafs are on the clock.

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