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Golden Knights draw the No. 6 selection in 2017 NHL Draft

Vegas Golden Knights (MGN Online)

The Vegas Golden Knights will draft sixth in the 2017 NHL Draft.

The lottery was conducted today in Toronto.

Vegas general manager George McPhee was not able to travel to Toronto for the event because of flight delays. He instead watched the lottery in Washington, where he attended Game 2 of the Capitals second-round playoffs series against Pittsburgh.

Vegas hockey operations analyst Tom Poraszka, who lives in Toronto, represented the team at the lottery.

Heading into the lottery, the Golden Knights and Arizona Coyotes each had a 10.3 percent chance of winning the lottery, giving them the third-best shot at landing the No. 1 pick in the draft in June. The Colorado Avalanche, with an 18 percent chance, had the best odds after finishing with the league's worst record this season, followed by the Vancouver Canucks (12.1 percent chance).

As it turned out, three teams – the Philadelphia Flyers, Dallas Stars and New Jersey Devils – beat the odds and jumped into the top three spots. The Devils jumped from the No. 5 spot to No. 1. Philadelphia will pick second, and Dallas third.

The Golden Knights hosted an invite-only premium seating showcase today at T-Mobile Arena.

The seven-round draft will be held in Chicago on June 23 and 24.


The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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