After the ping-pong balls had settled, the Edmonton Oilers won the annual NHL Draft Lottery Saturday, and although they did not make an immediate commitment, they are expected to make center Connor McDavid the first overall pick in June.
McDavid, 18, the captain of the Erie Otters, had 44 goals and 120 points in 47 games this season and scored five times in a recent playoff game.
It is the fourth time in the last six years that the Oilers will have the first pick. "It's a great situation to be in," McDavid said.
The Buffalo Sabres, who had the highest chance (20 percent) to win the lottery, which was staged in Toronto, will pick second. The Arizona Coyotes will pick third.
Buffalo fans have been wearing Sabres jerseys with McDavid's No. 97 for months, but the Sabres now are likely to select Boston University forward Jack Eichel.