With a two percent chance of winning the 2016 NHL Draft Lottery, the Carolina Hurricanes were hoping to be very, very lucky Saturday.
Instead, the Canes will have the 13th pick of the NHL Entry Draft, just as they anticipated.
The Toronto Maple Leafs won the No. 1 overall pick, beating out the Winnipeg Jets, who did beat some nice odds to move into the top three. The Columbus Blue Jackets did the same and will have the No. 3 overall selection Jun 24-25 when the draft is held in Buffalo.
The Hurricanes also will have the Los Angeles Kings’ first-round pick, No. 21 overall. That was acquired in the deal in the 2014-15 season that sent Canes defenseman Andrej Sekera to the Kings.
It will be the first time since 2009 the Canes will pick outside the top 12 in the first round. Carolina took forward Philippe Paradis with the 27th choice in 2009.
In the past four drafts, the Canes have had the Nos. 8, 5, 7 and 5 picks in the draft. They traded the No. 8 selection to Pittsburgh in June 2012 as part of the trade for Jordan Staal.
This year, the 14 teams that did not qualify for the playoffs all were a part of the lottery, and the Canes at No. 13 had just a two-percent chance of finishing in the top three. Draws were made for each of the first three picks.
Canes executive vice president and general manager Ron Francis represented the team in Toronto.
In other news Saturday, it was announced the Canes would play the Buffalo Sabres in a preseason game Oct. 4 in Marquette, Mich.
Marquette on Saturday was named Hockeyville USA 2016, as the most passionate hockey community in America. As part of the award, the NHL and NHL Players Association agreed to make $150,000 in upgrades to Lakeview Arena in Marquette.