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Carolina's move up the order mirrored the draft lottery results from a year ago when Philadelphia made the largest jump in the lottery's history by going from the 13th slot to winning the second pick.

We'll be watching to see what Peter Chiarelli does next in the upcoming weeks. "At 3, you're anxious about who is going at 2, but at 2, you certainly know who is probably going at 1, so you can really plan for who you really want to take if you keep the pick".

During the first part of the lottery, the Canadiens were one of three teams remaining with a shot at the No. 1 overall pick along with the Buffalo Sabres and Carolina Hurricanes. And Bergevin said on Saturday that the position of a given player will be considered in the mandate to pick the best player available. "From what our guys are saying, it's a good draft, but again at three we get a player that's probably going to play sooner than later".

For the third consecutive year the Vancouver Canucks dropped in the draft lottery falling from six to seven.

"Overall it's a good day, we move up one spot", Bergevin said.

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John Barnes would be a good example. "It can be a harsh environment". It wasn't any club for me to manage, it was the right club. That's the perception coming from down south.

The consensus among hockey experts is that the top prospect in this year's draft is Swedish defenseman Rasmus Dahlin.

"It was nerve-wrecking at the very end", Botterill said. The 18-year-old has already drawn comparisons to Ottawa Senators captain Erik Karlsson and Hall of Famer Nicklas Lidstrom. "But it would not surprise me if three or four or five players out of this draft start out in the National Hockey League next season".

"I'm trying to be a two-way (defenseman) with a more offensive game", Dahlin said.

The draft is June 22-23 in Dallas.

The order of the top three selections will be announced later during the second intermission of Game 2 of the second-round playoff series game between the Vegas Golden Knights and San Jose Sharks. The Chicago Blackhawks fell to No. 8 after entering with the seventh best odds. With the Oilers getting the 10th pick they have a lot of needs to be addressed to their team. The pick acquired from the St. Louis Blues was still up in the air with the draft lottery.

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