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Avalanche lose the lottery, will pick fourth in 2017 NHL Draft

The Colorado Avalanche had the worst record in the NHL, but because of the draft lottery system, they will pick fourth.

The season from hell just had a bad ending. After having by far the league’s worst record during the 2016-17 season, the Avs came into Saturday night’s lottery with an 18% chance at the top pick.

Well, luck did not fall that way for the Colorado Avalanche. Heck, they are not even picking in the top three of the draft. Instead, the Avs have been slotted in the No. 4 spot for June’s 2017 NHL Draft.
After months of speculation that the Avs would lock down the 1st overall pick and imagining Nolan Patrick in an Avs uniform, fans will now have to just accept that Colorado will be selecting someone else at that 4th pick.
The New Jersey Devils, who only had an 8.5% chance at the top pick, ended up winning the lottery, jumping from the fifth spot to the top overall selection.
In fact, all of the top three spots were won by teams that ended up getting very lucky and jumping up on the board.
The NHL’s newest franchise team, the Vegas Golden Knights, will select 6th overall in the draft.
Here is the entire set draft order for all 14 teams that missed the playoffs + the Vegas Golden Knights:
1. New Jersey Devils
2. Philadelphia Flyers
3. Dallas Stars
4. Colorado Avalanche
5. Vancouver Canucks
6. Vegas Golden Knights
7. Arizona Coyotes
8. Buffalo Sabres
9. Detroit Red Wings
10. Florida Panthers
11. Los Angeles Kings
12. Carolina Hurricanes
13. Winnipeg Jets
14. Tampa Bay Lightning
15. New York Islanders



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