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Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery

Devils win No. 1 pick in NHL Draft Lottery
Published On: Sun, Apr 30
Apr 7, 2013; Buffalo, NY, USA; Buffalo Sabres right wing Patrick Kaleta (36) defenseman Tyler Myers (57) and defenseman Christian Ehrhoff (10) talk during the game against the New Jersey Devils at the First Niagara Center. Sabres beat the Devils 3-2 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Kevin Hoffman-USA TODAY Sports

New Jersey Devils general manager Ray Shero has been steadfast in his approach to acquire assets in an attempt to turn them into legitimate Stanley Cup Playoff contenders again.

He gained a significant piece Saturday by winning the NHL Draft Lottery and the No. 1 pick in the 2017 NHL Draft, which will be held at United Center in Chicago on June 23-24.

The Devils, who had an 8.5 percent chance at winning the lottery, will choose No. 1 for the first time since moving to New Jersey in 1982-83. They moved up from No. 5.

The Philadelphia Flyers won the No. 2 pick, moving up from No. 13, and the Dallas Stars get the No. 3 pick, up from No. 8.

The Devils did win the 2011 NHL Draft Lottery, which moved them up four spots to No. 4, where they selected defenseman Adam Larsson. New Jersey traded Larsson to the Edmonton Oilers for forward Taylor Hall on June 29.

"You know what your odds are and it happens real quickly, but for me it's really great for our franchise and our fans," Shero said. "Especially where we're going and what we want to do. We have 11 picks (in the 2017 draft) and now we have the No. 1 pick, which is a great building block for our franchise moving forward."

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