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Tonight, we #MakeItFive

My friends, the day of all days is finally here. It’s NHL Draft Lottery day. Our Stairway to Heaven. The day when Edmonton fans can feel like winners, and after the season we just had, I feel like we could all use another dose of lottery fun.

Don’t get me wrong, when the Edmonton crew walked up to the podium to select McMiracle back in June of 2015, I never would have expected to be in this spot in three of the next four seasons. I was fully expecting that having McDaddy in the mix would start of a run of playoff appearances that this city hasn’t seen since the OBC days, and the fact that we haven’t gotten there in three of four seasons makes me feel like we fans deserve to have some fun. To me, winning another draft lottery to pick up another top prospect and watching the hockey world implode on itself out of anger is exactly what we need right now.

FIVE REASONS TO #MAKEITFIVE

1. Obviously, as fans of this team, we want the team to have the chance of drafting the best player available and winning any of the three lotteries would give us the chance to do exactly that. At this point, I don’t even care which of the three lotteries they win, all that matters is that we get our greasy little hands on one of them, and if they can pull this off then we’ll be getting a shiny new toy in the toolbox.

2. With an expansion draft coming up for Seattle next summer, Edmonton needs skilled players on their depth chart that we don’t have to worry about losing.  If they don’t win any of the three lotteries, there’s a chance that Kretzky (or whoever) will look at trading the pick for a player that can help now, which would put us in a spot of having to protect another player. At this point, that’s a decision for another day, but it does add another layer to the onion.

3. I really want to sit back, enjoy a beer, and watch the world burn. Is that too much to ask? I don’t think so, not after the year we’ve just been through.

4. If you’re going to fail and miss the playoffs, the only thing to cheer for is a draft lottery win. What else do you expect me to do? Cheer for Calgary? Pfft. Kick rocks.

5. Seriously, though, have you spent any time thinking about how hilarious it would be if we won? Toronto Twitter would explode, the comments section on the website would be a mess, and the entire hockey world would probably collapse upon itself. I need it to happen. I need to salt my caesar with the tears of angry fans from the other 30 teams in the NHL.

How does it work?

For the uninitiated, the draft lottery is basically bingo for the 15 teams that missed the playoffs, or teams like Colorado that ended up with a first rounder from a garbage team like Ottawa. Can you imagine what it’ll be like for the Avs if Ottawa’s numbers get drawn first? Thanks, Matt Duchene. Anyway… Every team is assigned a series of numbered combos that, if drawn, would land them the first, second, or third overall pick depending on which lottery they win.

Lotto balls are drawn at random to form a four-number combination that gets matched up to a master list to determine who will get the chance to draft Jack Hughes. The process is then repeated two more times to figure out which team will pick in the two and three slots. The remaining teams will then receive picks 4-15 based on inverse order of the standings when the regular season finished. Any of the 15 teams included in the draw can win the lottery, but no team can move back more than three spots.

When Edmonton won the McLottery back in 2015, they an 11.5% chance of winning the first overall pick but managed to draw the combination of 5-14-6-1 which ultimately landed us the best player on the planet. This year, we don’t know what combos that we have assigned to tus yet but we’ll need some lottery luck yet again if we’re going to pull this thing off.

The odds:

Colorado Avalanche (from OTT): 18.5 percent
Los Angeles: 13.5 percent
New Jersey: 11.5 percent
Detroit: 9.5 percent
Buffalo: 8.5 percent
New York: 7.5 percent
Edmonton: 6.5 percent
Anaheim: 6.0 percent
Vancouver: 5.0 percent
Philadelphia: 3.5 percent
Minnesota: 3.0 percent
Chicago: 2.5 percent
Florida: 2.0 percent
Arizona: 1.5 percent
Montreal: 1.0 percent

WHERE WERE YOU IN 2015?

Now that you know the rules and are well versed with the layout of tonight’s festivities, I need you to spend some time thinking back to where you were in April of 2015. I need you to remember where were you when the Lottery Gords blessed us with Connor McDavid. As soon as those memories come back to you, I need you to go back to that spot/drink the same thing/eat the same meal. I don’t care if you need to call up your in-laws and spend the night in a tent in their backyard, we need to focus the law of attraction on pulling the bingo balls in our favour.

I mean, it goes without saying that none of us expected Edmonton to pull out a McWin with only an 11.5% chance, and we’ll need to work extra hard to make this thing happen with our seventh-ranked 6.5% odds. At the end of the day, no one wants us to win this thing because we already landed the ultimate prize just over four years ago, but I can’t shake how hilarious it would be to have our boys step up and do it again. So grab your lucky socks, your lucky tie, your favourite drink, or whatever gives us the best odds to pull this thing off. Then again, maybe I just want to watch the world burn.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

If you’re looking for a place to watch the draft lottery with a bunch of Edmonton fans, I’d suggest you join us at the Northside Canadian Brewhouse where we’ll be posting up, playing some Cooom’s trivia, and enjoying the moment when the team finishes the night with their fifth first overall pick since 2010.

  • Where? At the Northside Canadian Brewhouse (12711 97 St NW, Edmonton, AB)
  • When? Tuesday, April 9th at 6 p.m
  • How much? FREE!


  • ziyan94

    I skipped watching the 2015 draft lottery because we had already picked first a few times, so there was no chance we would win again (right?).

    Then I got some texts saying we won the #1 pick again, and spent the last couple hours of the night watching McDavid highlights.

      • Sorry to be Debbie Downer, the first thing I thought when they drew the card was that we would be the only franchise to get McDavid and still manage to screw it up, and here we are. Failure for this franchise is not difficult to predict. I don’t expect them to be in the Finals every year, that is too difficult, but should at least be middle of the pack by now. Matters not who they draft, they have no clue on the development end.

          • Really does not matter to me anymore, no POHO means the coach reports directly to the 3 stooges who should have been canned several times over by now. Just watching the draft with very vague interest, when it is confirmed the OBC stays intact (which it will) , I am done with this franchise until,
            A) The OBC is shown the door(wont happen) permanently (not shuffled) as in the only way they get into Rogers is with a purchased ticket, or ,
            B) When Connor asks to be traded, which he will, because (See Item A)

  • Prairiechicken

    I was in sportcheck buying skates for my daughter. I asked the guy selling me them if he’d heard who won. He told me … and was none to pleased about it (being a Sharks fan). I actually refused to believe him … thinking he was just messing around. Until I got out out my phone and started looking it up. Like many others, I spent the rest of night watching his highlights.

  • KPUZ

    Does anyone feel we don’t deserve anywhere close to a top pick because of this inept circus of an organization that continues to compound their stupid mistakes and never learns from them? Where is the accountability in this organization? Where is Darryl Katz in the aftermath of this disastrous organization?

    • Prairiechicken

      For being completely incompetent … the only thing any manager “deserves” in this organisation is a pink slip.
      I’d argue us fans still standing “deserve” a crack at a top pick again! (and more importantly a completely new organisational depth chart starting right at the top).

    • HockeyRooster

      Lotteries are not about ‘deserve’. When was the last time you looked a powerball winner and said that guy/girl deserved to win. Management here sucks, full stop. We are great fans and so watching the hockey world explode if we win (again) would be hella fun! Let’s go Oilers!

      • Oscar

        Oilers picked first in 2015, 2012, 2011 & 2010 … are you seriously trying to tell us they didn’t earn it …?

        2015 … 28th with 62 points …
        2012 … 24th with 45 points (lockout)
        2011 … 29th with 74 points …
        2010 … 30th with 62 points …

        There comes a time & place where Oil fans should be considering NOT apologizing for this hapless team …

          • Oscar

            What I was referring to was fans like Rooster making excuses for this hapless team … that may have been OK during a tough year or two … but certainly not in the twelfth tough year in thirteen seasons …

            There also comes a time & place when Oil fans need to stare this tire fire in the eyes & demand more … not make feeble excuses for them like they didn’t “earn” four first overalls …

  • Rink Rat

    Don’t know why, but I’m not feeling lottery karma today. I hope I’m wrong, would love to shove another 1st round pick where the eastern sun doesn’t shine!!!

    • Lazarus

      Edmonton takes all their lottery picks and sticks them where the sun don’t shine. I mean has Connor even helped? Sure he wins scoring titles now, and the team payroll is lopsided but other then that? I don’t see the difference

  • Axe

    I was at my brother’s house who is also a huge oiler fan and we go to games together.. Neither one of us expected oilers to win it so we were casually watching.. When it started looking like we had a shot we were nervously watching and thought Toronto would still take it.. When we saw the golden ticket we were up and down screaming and couldn’t contain our Joey we ran outside to his backyard screaming and jumping up and down.. Neighbours came out to their balconies thought it was an ermgency…

  • Prongers Promises

    It twas’ my birthday. We had a squad downtown kicking playing LASER TAG. I never in a million years thought we’d win the lottery so I didn’t care to sit and watch it at home.

    In between rounds I checked my phone. THE EDMONTON OILERS HAVE WON THE 2015 DRAFT LOTTERY. I nearly fainted…..

  • SlovakOiler

    I will never forget how I found out. It was the day after basically, cause I’m in Europe. I woke up early to go mountainbiking and checked oilersnation like every other day while sitting on the crapper. I wasn’t expecting much with a 11,5% chance but I litteraly screamed my butt off and very likely woke the whole apartment. GF came looking if I’m insane or just retarded and I just screamed at her from the toilet that the Oil got Jesus! At least she understood the reference!
    Boy, did we assumed good times were ahead…

  • ZoilerZ

    In 2015, I was watching the draft lottery in my living room by myself. When we won, I started screaming and cackling like a hyena and ran to to the other room to my wife and one of my kids and was yelling “we won!! we won!!” They were like “what did we win…what does that even mean??”….so I had to explain, of course, and proceeded to watch McDavid highlights continuously with my kids until the draft. 😀

  • Spaceman Spiff

    When I was a kid in the 1980s, this was the time of year The Hockey News Draft Preview came out. Or, roughly around this time. I never knew for sure, mainly because the Oilers were busy with getting ready for the playoffs. But the Draft Preview was (and still is) a must-read at this time of year because it was the first time that many of us were introduced to the best prospects available.

    I don’t know if THN’s Draft Preview is still the best, but back then, it was really the only show in town – the only publication that ranked and profiled draft-eligible prospects. Flipping through it was kind of like flipping through the Sears Wish Book before Christmas – you knew there was a pretty good chance that someone in that publication was going to go on your team. And, of course, the shiniest “someones” in the Draft Preview were the first-rounders.

    But back then, if you were an Oilers fan, you didn’t look at the first-rounders very much. To be more exact – you looked at them, but you knew that unless the Oilers traded up, there was no way any of the top 10 or top 15 prospects were going to fall to them. The Oilers seldomed picked in the top 15 back then.

    So it was a bit weird – you almost envied the lesser teams. They were going to end up with the Lindens and the Sakics and the Modanos and the Roenicks and the Selannes. You didn’t want the Oilers to finish low enough to get those guys … but you also wondered what would that be like to come out of a first round without having to hope that Peter Soberlak or Kim Issel or Scott Allison would go against type and blossom into a star.

    Then came the 1990s, of course, and the Oilers slowly moved up the first round. Then the 2000s came and they pretty much “graduated” to the front row. And here we are now. I’m so sick of the front row that I hope I never see it again. I’m so sick of this team picking first (and getting riped for it) that the draft is now a bittersweet experience. The Sears Wish Book may be about to deliver the Oilers another GI Joe aircraft carrier – even though they have a basement full of them.

    I still love the Draft Preview (and the recently published Future Watch), but there’s a feeling of dread reading it. Another of its great prospects may soon be coming to Edmonton … but only because another season has wasted.

    Oh how I’d love to be able to ignore the first round again.

  • rnj

    I was at my father in law’s in Andrew, going over our odds with my brother in law. Only days away from moving to Turonno. Everyone was in the garage and I ran out loooosing it.. like many of you I thought it meant guaranteed playoffs. The fam didn’t know at that time how good McDavid is and why I was so pumped.

    Make a move with Russel the first (unless we win) and Puljujarvi for a solid top defenceman.

  • Oiler Al

    Hugh’s camp must be aware of the circus that exists in the Oilers camp, and would likely not report to Edmonton! Cant blame him, but that and half empty arena would surely get Katz from under that kitchen table!

  • vetinari

    It was the day of the lottery and all through the nation,
    fans of the non-playoff teams waited with anticipation,

    Daly would soon take to the stage and announce with delight,
    who owns the top three picks come NHL Draft night,

    Would it be the Kings or the Ducks after a year so bleak?
    Or would it be the Avalanche who used to be the Nordiques?

    Is it the Canadiens or Sabres’ turn to shine at the draft?
    And which of the teams will drop and get the shaft?

    But if there is one thing that I know for certain,
    when the cameras come on and down go the curtains,

    Striding across the stage will be the biggest spoilers,
    As the FIRST PICK GOES TO THOSE F@$^ING OILERS!!!

    Happy draft lotto day Nation!

  • Hemmercules

    When they won the MdD lottery I hadn’t even watched the final month of that season after yet another terrible season. I remember thinking, meh, just another tire to throw on the fire but then my phone blew up with messages from every Oiler fan I know and I realized just how good McD is. Then they started firing people and got an experienced GM and a proven coach and all was well again. I was sucked in again and blinded to the fact that we were about to witness one of the worst GM runs in the history of sports. I won’t be watching again this year because who cares. This team is a cancer on any player who is unfortunate enough to get drafted here. The Oilers don’t deserve first and if they get it I bet the NHL makes rule changes to the lottery again.

  • Heschultzhescores

    There is another big event that happens around this time of year for 16 teams in the league that don’t suck. Maybe we should give it a shot more than once every 15 years. 1 more year and we have the all-time suck record. Let that sink in as the same clowns make another crappy pick.

  • Chad88

    I had just got back home with my now ex girlfriend. So I’ll not be recreating the 2015 theme. Instead! I’ll most likely be watching GOT as I prepare for Sunday’s glorious return

  • Oiler Al

    There are teams/players chasing their dream [Stanley] and yoyo’s here are basking in the lotto glory.If I was the media in Edmonton. I would not print or air a single item about the lotto.

  • I was in Maui. My wife couldn’t understand why I kept busting into laughter at random times throughout the day. Now she understands.

    Can you imagine if we get the 1st or 2nd pick? A lot will change. And a lot more laughter.

  • Kepler62c

    I was playing beer pong and listening to the radio in Ontario with a bunch of Toronto, Calgary, Ottawa, and Montreal fans. The Toronto fans all groaned at #4 when it was still Toronto, then the radio announcer bungled the call at #3 because he thought #3 was Edmonton, but it was that Edmonton WON. Relief for the non-believers was short-lived as the announcer corrected his mistake and (being the only Edmonton fan) I was left to celebrate alone.

  • A-co

    Great year for Colorado….make the playoffs and no worse than picking 4th overall in the draft….there’s a team on the rise…Makar coming up and then add another top pick from this draft to the team…why am I an oilers fan again????

  • FlamesFan27

    If any team “deserves” to win, it’s Montreal. They finished with 96 points, which I’m told is the highest point total ever to not make the playoffs. Most people predicted them to be one of the worst teams in the league, but they battled every night. Too bad there isn’t a way to measure the “deservedness” of a team and base the lottery odds on that.