Oilers win draft lottery


For a second straight April Edmonton Oilers’ fans and management, alike, have reason to celebrate and feel optimistic about the future. On Tuesday night a wild cheer was held at Hudsons Canadian Taphouse in downtown Edmonton when it was announced that the Oilers, for a second straight year, have won the Draft Lottery. Last year’s first overall pick, Taylor Hall, who scored 22 goals and 42 points, is naturally a major part of the rebuilding process going on in Edmonton. Even though the Oilers finished last this season with only 62 points, fans still got to see other young players, such as Jordan Eberle, Sam Gagner, Linus Omark and Ales Hemsky, take their game to the next level. “Winning this first overall pick is an important moment for the organization and it’s an integral part of the process of moving forward,” said Oilers General Manager, Steve Tambellini. “This is a very exciting time for our organization and our fans as this just adds to the already bright future of our team.” The 14 teams who didn’t qualify for the playoffs were all involved in the lottery. Edmonton will have to decide between now and the June 24-25th NHL draft who they want to pick first overall.


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