Pittsburgh Penguins centre Sidney Crosby, himself a first-overall pick in 2005, talked to the media tonight about the Oilers winning the draft lottery, the possibility of Connor McDavid going to Edmonton and why that's a good thing for him.
“The great thing for him is that they have a lot of young guys there already,” Crosby said to Josh Yohe of the Pittsburgh Tribune. “That's a big thing for him. It's not like he's going to an older team or anything like that. He'll be able to grow with those guys. They have a ton of young talent there already, so it should be a good thing for him to be there.”
Crosby also talked about the potential comparisons to Wayne Gretzky, as he himself had to deal with in Pittsburgh with Mario Lemieux.
“He's definitely going to hear about that, and he'll have to deal with all the comparisons to him. It's to be expected.”
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Oilers GM Craig MacTavish spoke with us from Switzerland shortly after the announcement that the Oilers had won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery. Here is a transcript of the interview:
What were your thoughts when you first saw that the Oilers had won the Draft Lottery?
“We just started yelling. We were all in Switzerland, watching it on the iPad and then started to get nervous after it got by Carolina and got by Toronto. Then the palms started sweating. That was a great pronouncement by Bill Daly for sure.”
How does winning the lottery change any plans you may have had for this upcoming off-season and/or at the draft?
“We’re going to enjoy this for now. It’s a pretty special night for all the Oilers fans. It’s a game-changer for the franchise. I feel great for the players and I feel really good for the fans. We’ll enjoy that for an evening and then figure out how this all works going forward.”
Talk about Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel, the type of players that they are and what they could potentially bring to the Oilers.
“Both are great, great players. These players have been looked at and sought after for the last three years. It’s been earmarked an epic draft for the last three, four years with these players coming in.
“We’re extremely fortunate to be in this position. We’re going to relax and enjoy it tonight and we’ll let the Oilers fans celebrate and we’ll get onto the business of hockey tomorrow.”
What does it mean to have the ability to land a franchise player of this type with the Oilers in the situation that they’re in: emerging team, new arena being built, etc.
“Any one of the 14 teams would make a great case for being the best spot for this player. In particular, our situation with the new building, I’m not thinking about it so much from a building standpoint but just what it’s going to mean for the hockey club. I’m really happy for the players. Really happy for the fans. It gives the Oilers a real shot in the arm going forward.
“I could stand up there and talk about optimism and a bright future but I think everyone can share in that vision now with us winning the Lottery.
Last question, and only because I have to ask, what are the chances that you would consider trading the pick?
“What's less than zero? ... No chance."
The numbers which came up for the Oilers in their successful draft lottery were (in order drawn) 5, 14, 6 and 1.
Each team was given a designated number of the 1,000 possible valid combinations and since the Oilers had an 11.5% chance of winning, they had 115 potential four-ball sets which would gain them the win.
You can view the number combinations assigned to each team via NHL.com.
WATCH: Oilers select first overall | Interview with Bill Scott | McDavid Interview
The Edmonton Oilers won the draft lottery and will choose first overall in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.
More coverage to come, including an interview with Craig MacTavish and some of the prospects for the draft including Connor McDavid and Jack Eichel.
More details to follow!
Oilers official press release:
EDMONTON OILERS WIN DRAFT LOTTERY, EARN FIRST SELECTION IN 2015 NHL DRAFT
The Edmonton Oilers won the 2015 NHL Draft Lottery tonight and earned the first drafting position for the First Round of the 2015 NHL Draft.
This will be the fourth time the Oilers have selected first overall, after drafting Taylor Hall (2010), Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (2011) and Nail Yakupov (2012) in consecutive years.
The order of selection for the first 14 drafting positions in the First Round, only, of the 2015 NHL Draft is as follows:
1. Edmonton Oilers
2. Buffalo Sabres
3. Arizona Coyotes
4. Toronto Maple Leafs
5. Carolina Hurricanes
6. New Jersey Devils
7. Philadelphia Flyers
8. Columbus Blue Jackets
9. San Jose Sharks
10. Colorado Avalanche
11. Florida Panthers
12. Dallas Stars
13. Los Angeles Kings
14. Boston Bruins
The remaining positions are determined by the results of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
The drawing was conducted at Rogers Sportsnet’s studio in downtown Toronto and the winning team was revealed live on CBC and TVA Sports in Canada and NBC in the U.S. prior to their broadcast of Game 2 of the Penguins-Rangers First Round series.
Fourteen balls, numbered 1 to 14, were placed in a lottery machine. The machine randomly selected four balls. The resulting four-number series (without regard to selection order) was matched against a chart that shows all possible combinations and the Clubs to which each was assigned. The chart (available on NHL.com) showed that the Oilers had been assigned the numbers (1-5-6-14) that were expelled.
The Oilers would have picked third based on inverse order of regular season finish, representing an 11.5% likelihood that their combination would emerge.
Full odds of winning can be found here.
The 2015 NHL Draft will be hosted by the Panthers at BB&T Center in Sunrise, Florida from June 26-27.
Results of Draft Drawings
Year Selected Effect on Draft Order Player Selected
1995 Los Angeles Moved from 7th to 3rd D Aki Berg
1996 Ottawa Retained 1st selection D Chris Phillips
1997 Boston Retained 1st selection C Joe Thornton
1998 Tampa Bay Moved from 3rd to 1st via trades C Vincent Lecavalier
1999 Chicago Moved from 8th to 4th RW Pavel Brendl *
2000 NY Islanders Moved from 5th to 1st G Rick DiPietro
2001 Atlanta Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Ilya Kovalchuk
2002 Florida Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Rick Nash **
2003 Florida Moved from 4th to 1st G Marc-Andre Fleury ***
2004 Washington Moved from 3rd to 1st LW Alex Ovechkin
2005 Pittsburgh n/a C Sidney Crosby
2006 St. Louis Retained 1st selection D Erik Johnson
2007 Chicago Moved from 5th to 1st RW Patrick Kane
2008 Tampa Bay Retained 1st selection C Steven Stamkos
2009 NY Islanders Retained 1st selection C John Tavares
2010 Edmonton Retained 1st selection LW Taylor Hall
2011 New Jersey Moved from 8th to 4th D Adam Larsson
2012 Edmonton Moved from 2nd to 1st RW Nail Yakupov
2013 Colorado Moved from 2nd to 1st C Nathan MacKinnon
2014 Florida Moved from 2nd to 1st D Aaron Ekblad
2015 Edmonton Moved from 3rd to 1st
* NY Rangers obtained Chicago's pick in a trade (via Vancouver and Tampa Bay). The Rangers selected RW Pavel Brendl fourth overall.
** Columbus obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Blue Jackets selected LW Rick Nash first overall.
*** Pittsburgh obtained Florida's pick in a trade. The Penguins selected G Marc-Andre Fleury first overall
Matt Hendricks and Boyd Gordon are the extras. On the second rush, Hendricks came in to play the middle instead of Klinkhammer on the fourth line.
The Oilers announced this morning that goaltender Richard Bachman has left the team due to a death in the family. The team has recalled goaltender Tyler Bunz from the OKC Barons on an emergency basis.
#Oilers goalie Richard Bachman has left the team due to a death in his family.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) April 1, 2015
Pouliot - RNH - Eberle
Purcell - Roy - Yakupov
Hall - Lander - Miller
Gazdic - Klinkhammer - Fraser
The Oklahoma City Barons, who have been decimated by injury and call-ups in recent days, made some moves to try and turn the tide.
They added Oilers prospect Jackson Houck, who had played the season with the WHL's Vancouver Giants on an Amateur tryout agreement. Houck was drafted by Edmonton in the fourth round in 2013.
The Barons also added three players from the ECHL's Brampton Beast on pro tryout agreements: David Ling, Brett Lyon and Jason Pitton.
Ling, 40, had nine goals and 38 points in 37 games with Brampton. He had a career-high 88 points with St. John's in the AHL in 2004-05 and has played 93 career NHL games. He plays right wing.
Pitton, 28, previously played in the Oilers organization from 2009-2011 including stints in Stockton and Springfield. He had 22 goals and 40 points in 60 games with Brampton. He plays left wing.
Lyon, 24, is also a left winger. He had 17 points in 56 games with Brampton and Allen in the ECHL. He also had a whopping 288 penalty minutes. He has previous AHL experience with Abbotsford and Utica and played four seasons in the WHL.
The Oilers have placed Ryan Hamilton on waivers for the purpose of assignment.
From the team's official press release:
#Oilers have placed forward Ryan Hamilton on waivers for the purpose of assignment. The winger had two points in 16 games up from OKC.— Edmonton Oilers (@EdmontonOilers) March 22, 2015
The Edmonton Oilers announced today they have placed winger Ryan Hamilton on waivers for the purpose of assignment.
Hamilton, 29, appeared in 16 games for the Oilers registering two points (1G, 1A), including his first career National Hockey League goal on February 10th against the New York Islanders.
The 6-2’, 219-pound forward has registered 29 points (15G, 14A) and six penalty minutes in 32 games with the Barons this season.
The NHL has suspended Leafs forward Nazem Kadri four games for his hit to the head of Oilers winger Matt Fraser.
Toronto's Nazem Kadri has been suspended 4 games for an illegal check to the head of Edmonton's Matt Fraser. Video: http://t.co/7WQHweCoIO— NHL Player Safety (@NHLPlayerSafety) March 18, 2015