Chicago Blackhawks to pick No. 3 in 2019 NHL Draft

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This time around, New Jersey's draft selection will be followed by their cornerstone rival-the New York Rangers. There was an equivalent runoff between former captains Scott Stevens and Eric Lindros with New Jersey and Philadelphia, but such a matchup hasn't since existed between both teams.

"You expect to move down", said Shero, whose team entered the derby with the third-best odds (11.5 per cent) of picking first after Colorado (18.5) and Los Angeles (13.5).

"I said yesterday that we need more talent", said Devils GM Ray Shero shortly after winning the draft lottery in Toronto, "Tonight, I know we are getting more talent". However, the top end of this year's draft is considered to be elite.

This is the second time since 2017 that the Metro will hold the first and second overall picks.

Tuesday's draft lottery will consist of three separate drawings - for first, second and third overall - meaning the Avalanche can pick no later than fourth. New Jersey took Nico Hischier with the top pick in 2017 after jumping to No. 1 with the fifth-best odds in the lottery.

The top two prospects are American center Jack Hughes, 17, and Finnish winger Kaapo Kakko, 18.

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The Detroit Red Wings should be able to add an impact player through the draft, in this piece we take a look at the top five draft options, plus the ideal situation in the second round.

Last year, the Hawks drafted Adam Boqvist eighth overall and Nicolas Beaudin with the 27th pick.

If selected first overall, Hughes would become only the second No. 1 pick to get drafted straight out of the U.S. National Team Development Program, which previously graduated Auston Matthews and Kane to the NHL.

The 15 teams that failed to qualify for the 2019 playoffs - or the franchises that acquired the first-round picks of non-playoff clubs - will participate in the lottery.

Rangers general manager Jeff Gorton - who was on the same flight as Shero into Toronto, one that included a fairly bumpy landing - said moving up to No. 2 will help move his team's rebuild along. They met numerous times head-to-head that season and even opposed each other in CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game that was played at Hall's home rink in Windsor.

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