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For the third straight year, the Edmonton Oilers go into the NHL draft holding the number one overall pick.
The Oilers won Tuesday's draft lottery, bumping 30th place Columbus down to the second overall selection. The Oilers had an 18.8% chance of winning the lottery. The Blue Jackets had a 25% chance of winning the lottery and about a 48% chance of retaining the top pick, since the team winning the lottery can move up only four spots.
The Oilers picked first overall the last two years, taking Taylor Hall in 2010 and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins in 2011.
The top-rated player this year is Sarnia Sting winger Nail Yakupov. (jrw)