Florida Panthers beats odds; win NHL Draft lottery

The Florida Panthers won the NHL Draft lottery on Tuesday, granting the team the first overall pick in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft.

Florida had an 18.8 per cent chance of winning the draft lottery, second only to the Buffalo Sabres 25 per cent chance.

Barrie Colts defenceman Aaron Ekblad is the top-ranked prospect heading into the draft.

The draft will be held June 27th and 28th in Philadelphia.

Five Canadian teams had entries in the lottery, but none moved up in the draft.

The Edmonton Oilers will select third, the Calgary Flames fourth, the Vancouver Canucks sixth, the Toronto Maple Leafs eighth and the Winnipeg Jets ninth.

The Ottawa Senators would have selected 10th, but they traded their pick to the Anaheim Ducks.

Montreal was not entered in the draft lottery, as the Canadiens are the only Canadian team in the NHL playoffs.

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