Canes retain their No. 5 draft position, lose out on No. 1 pick

calexander@newsobserver.comApril 29, 2013 

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General manager Jim Rutherford answers questions after introducing Kirk Muller as the new head coach of the Carolina Hurricanes.

SHAWN ROCCO — srocco@newsobserver.com

The Carolina Hurricanes retained the No. 5 pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft on Monday after the NHL draft lottery was held in Toronto.

The Canes had an 8.1 percent chance of winning the lottery as all 14 non-playoff teams for the first time had an opportunity of securing the No. 1 overall pick in the draft.

The Colorado Avalanche won the lottery, moving from the No. 2 position past the Florida Panthers.

The Canes' No. 5 pick will be their highest since Carolina chose defenseman Jack Johnson with the No. 3 selection in 2005.

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