Edmonton Oilers win NHL draft lottery to pick first overall, Habs third
Edmonton Oilers' Nick Schultz, right, defends goalie Nikolai Khabibulin from Montreal Canadiens' Brad Staubitz , centre, during first period NHL hockey action in Edmonton on Thursday, March 8, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Ulan
Published Tuesday, April 10, 2012 8:58PM EDT
TORONTO - The Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL's draft lottery.
Edmonton will get to pick first overall in the league's annual amateur draft for the third year in a row.
Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov is expected to be the top pick.
The Columbus Blue Jackets will pick second, followed by the Montreal Canadiens, New York Islanders and Toronto Maple Leafs.
The Oilers had an 18.8 per cent chance of winning the first overall pick.
The draft will be in Pittsburgh on June 22.