The Edmonton Oilers came into the NHL draft lottery with the third-best odds at winning the No. 1 overall pick. They left the lottery with the number one pick and the right to draft Connor McDavid.
The Buffalo Sabres entered the lottery with the best odds and a 20 percent chance to win the first pick. The Arizona Coyotes had the second-best chance with a 13.5 percent chance. The Oilers had an 11.5 percent chance of winning the first pick.
NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly counted the draft order down from 14-1, revealing each team in order before only three teams remained. He opened the card containing the logo of the Oilers. The card was in all gold, signifying that the lottery had been won by Edmonton.
This is the fourth time the Oilers will have the No. 1 pick since 2010. They previously drafted Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and Nail Yakupov (2012) with the top pick.
McDavid is considered a generational player who many consider to be the best prospect to come out of the draft since Sidney Crosby in 2005. McDavid scored 44 goals and 122 points in 47 games with the Erie Otters of the OHL.
The 2015 NHL Draft will be held in Sunrise, Florida on June 26th and 27th.