Isles take top selection at NHL Draft Lottery
The New York Islanders have won the 2009 NHL Draft Lottery, and with it, the right to the first overall selection in the upcoming entry draft. The Isles, who finished this season with a league-worst 61 points, had just under a 50 percent chance at getting the balls to roll their way.
Speculation is that center John Tavares, the phenomenal center from the OHL’s London Knights, will be the player taken with that pick. However, towering, speedy Swedish blueliner Victor Hedman of the Swedish Elite League is another candidate to be taken.
Tavares, though, is the clear front runner at this point in time.
The other 13 teams in the lottery will pick in the following order to start the draft:
2. Tampa Bay
5. Los Angeles