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NHL: Avalanche land top draft pick from lottery

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The Colorado Avalanche, who finished with the second-worst record in the National Hockey League this season, will pick first in June's NHL Draft after winning the top spot in a lottery Monday night.

The Avalanche had the second-best chance of claiming the top pick at 18.8 percent but came through to the disappointment of Florida, which had the best chance at the top pick, 1-in-4 odds, but must settle for the second selection.

Tampa Bay will pick third, followed by Nashville, Carolina, Calgary, Edmonton, Buffalo, New Jersey, Dallas, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Winnipeg and Columbus.

The remaining selection order will be determined by the results of the NHL playoffs that begin on Tuesday. The NHL Draft will be staged on June 30 in Newark, New Jersey.

Colorado had never won the lottery since it began in 1995 and the Avalanche have never selected first overall. However, when the franchise was based in Quebec it picked first three times, taking Mats Sundin in 1989, Owen Nolan in 1990 and Eric Lindros in 1991 before moving to Denver in 1995.

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