After finishing dead last in the NHL this season, the Toronto Maple Leafs are now celebrating the only thing you can gain by sitting at the bottom of the standings, which is the first overall pick in the 2016 entry draft.
Critics and analysts are now predicting that the Leafs could be eyeing Arizona native Auston Matthews, who is a forward that played in Europe last season. Also, it’s possible that Toronto could select Finnish snipper Patrik Laine, who is highly touted amongst hockey scouts.
Leafs nation is feeling a sigh of relief, as the team only had a 20% chance of winning the first pick in the draft lottery.
This is now the first time in 31 years the Leafs have been able to gain the first overall pick and the last time they did was in 1985 when they selected former Captain Wendell Clark.
The Winnipeg Jets managed to get the second overall pick and there are six Canadian teams that will draft in the top 10 this year.
Here is the official draft order for the first 14 picks in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.
- Toronto Maple Leafs
- Winnipeg Jets
- Columbus Blue Jackets
- Edmonton Oilers
- Vancouver Canucks
- Calgary Flames
- Arizona Coyotes
- Buffalo Sabres
- Montreal Canadiens
- Colorado Avalanche
- New Jersey Devils
- Ottawa Senators
- Carolina Hurricanes
- Boston Bruins
The draft will be taking place from June 24–25th, 2016 at the First Niagara Center in Buffalo, New York.