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Well New York Rangers' fans, this is what the entire 2018-2019 season comes down to. Edmonton, which came in with the seventh-best odds, will pick eighth, while Vancouver slipped from ninth to 10th.

"I said yesterday that we need more talent", said Devils GM Ray Shero shortly after winning the draft lottery in Toronto, "Tonight, I know we are getting more talent". In between those two national championships, Hall helped Canada win a silver medal on home ice at the World Juniors in Saskatoon; Team Canada lost in overtime to the US, which included the Devils' Kyle Palmieri on its roster, to snap Canada's string of five consecutive gold medals at the event. They had a 7.5 percent chance to win but will now select in the top two for the first time since 1966 when they drafted Hall of Fame defenseman Brad Park.

"Very excited to welcome our future #1 overall pick to Jersey!"

If Gorton was delighted about his luck, Shero was ecstatic about the fact his club will be picking first overall for the second time in three years.

Thanks to the way things shook out in Toronto, the rebuild will get a huge shot in the arm, likely in the form of six-foot-two Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko. It's the National Hockey League. I'd be honored to play for New Jersey one day.

Ottawa, which finished 31st in the overall standings, could have sent the team's first pick at last June's draft to Colorado, but decided instead to keep the selection before drafting winger Brady Tkachuk at No. 4.

"I'm not prepared to say", Shero said inside the CBC building. He has spent the past two summers working out with the same skating skills coaches as Hall and Connor McDavid, but said his game is more Patrick Kane meets Mathew Barzal with a dash of Mitch Marner.

On Tuesday night, the NHL Draft Lottery will take place and only one team will be lucky enough (or bad enough) to have the first crack at Jack Hughes. "If you look around the league [at] how some of the successful teams have done it, there's not much of a secret to their success [in terms of] where they've [drafted] their players". Granted, the closer the team is to the tenth overall pick than the first, the less of a chance at one of the best pieces. I've always wanted to be a star player, win individual awards.

The Devils had a 11.5 percent chance of winning the lottery.

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