The Toronto Maple Leafs did keep the top pick for the 2016 NHL draft, but the Winnipeg Jets jumped from #6 to the #2 slot. Columbus only moved up from #4 to #3 but that could be the difference between one of the Finnish stars and falling short.
The 2 biggest losers were the Edmonton Oilers who had a good shot at #2 and possibly moving up to the Auston Matthews level. Vancouver also had a setback, falling from #3 to #5.
Calgary slipped slightly going from #5 to #6.
Montréal stayed at #9 and Ottawa will remain at #12.
Of the 7 Canadian-based teams, 3 teams stayed in their spot, 3 teams moved down, and 1 team moved up. All the Eastern teams stayed right where they were. All of the "Smythe" teams fell in the draft. The newest Canadian team, Winnipeg, jumped up in the draft.
This was the first year that the first 3 picks were determined by lottery. This is why the Oilers were able to fall to #4.
The consensus top pick is American-born center Auston Matthews. Finnish forwards Patrik Laine and Jesse Puljujarvi will likely go 2-3 in the draft, though we have a whole 8 weeks to figure that out. The order can also change through trades between now and the draft.
The telecast was a joint effort with Daren Millard handling duties for Sportsnet and Kathryn Tappen for NBC. Millard ran down the list from the bottom up and identified Montréal as the first Canadian club at #9, forgetting the Senators at #12.
The lottery was held at the CBC studios in Toronto and was carried on CBC and NBC.
The 2016 NHL Entry Draft will commence on June 24–25 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, a building you can see from Canada.
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