TORONTO - APRIL 13: Deputy Commissioner of the NHL Bill Daly announces the fourth pick to go to the Columbus Blue Jackets during the NHL Draft Lottery Drawing at the TSN Studio April 13, 2010 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Photo by Abelimages / Getty Images for NHL)

Edmonton Oilers Win 2012 NHL Draft Lottery, Will Select No. 1 Overall For 3rd Straight Year

The Edmonton Oilers will select No. 1 overall for the third season in a row after winning the 2012 NHL Draft Lottery. The Blue Jackets will select with the No. 2 pick. Get Edmonton reaction at The Copper & Blue.

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NHL Draft Lottery Results 2012: First 14 Positions Locked After Edmonton Oilers Win No. 1 Pick

The 2012 NHL Draft Lottery is complete, and the Edmonton Oilers had the lotto balls fall their way. They'll draft first overall for the third straight year after winning this year's lottery. The losers are the Columbus Blue Jackets, who fell to the No. 2 overall seed in the draft thanks to the Oilers' win.

The rest of the top 14 will stay the same. Here's the full draft order, as far as we know it, following Tuesday's Draft Lottery:

We'll learn the rest of the draft order as the Stanley Cup Playoffs get underway beginning Wednesday night. For more on the Oilers, check in with The Copper & Blue. For reaction from Blue Jackets fans, stop by The Cannon.

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NHL Draft Lottery 2012 Results: Edmonton Oilers Win Top Pick, Columbus Blue Jackets Drop To No. 2

Edmonton Oilers general manager Steve Tambellini had a huge smile on his face as the NHL deputy commissioner opened the envelope and announced that for the third straight year in a row, the Oilers have won the top pick in the NHL Draft.

The Oilers won the 2012 NHL Draft Lottery on Tuesday night, passing the Columbus Blue Jackets for the right to select top prospect Nail Yakupov at the NHL Draft in Pittsburgh this June.

Columbus entered the lottery with a 48.2 percent chance of solidifying the top pick in the 2012 NHL Draft, while only the worst five teams in the league had a chance at the No. 1 overall pick the Oilers had an 18.8 percent chance at the pick, the Montreal Canadiens had a 14.2 percent chance, the New York Islanders had a 10.7 percent chance and the Toronto Maple Leafs had an 8.1 percent chance.

Beyond the top two spots, the rest of the draft order remains the same.

14 teams were part of the lottery but only the top five had a chance at the No. 1 overall pick as teams can only have the chance to move up four spots. In 2011, the New Jersey Devils won the lottery and moved up from the No. 8 spot to the No. 4 spot. They drafted defenseman Adam Larsson with that pick.

For more on the Oilers, check in with The Copper & Blue.

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NHL Draft Lottery 2012: Whose Fail Earned Them Nail?

The Columbus Blue Jackets have the best chance of winning Tuesday night's NHL Draft Lottery, but that doesn't guarantee them the opportunity to draft Nail Yakupov at the 2012 draft in Pittsburgh.


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NHL Draft Rankings 2012: League Releases Final List

The final prospect rankings have been released before the 2012 NHL Draft in June. Nail Yakupov once again leads this year's class of draft-eligible skaters.

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