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Oilers again draw No. 1 draft slot; Sabres stay at 12

TORONTO -- Not much has gone right for the Edmonton Oilers the past few seasons, but once again they will own draft day.

The Oilers, who finished with the second fewest points in the NHL, won the draft lottery on Tuesday night and claimed the No. 1 pick for the third year in a row, jumping over the Columbus Blue Jackets to get it.

The Buffalo Sabres had only a 1.1 percent chance of winning the lottery and will remain in the 12th spot. They also own Nashville's first-round pick draft picks for playoff teams, positions 15-30, will be determined after the playoffs.

Only the Quebec Nordiques, from 1989 to 1991, ever had three No. 1 overall picks in a row.

Columbus, which had a league-low 65 points, owns the second pick, followed by Montreal, the N.Y. Islanders and Torontos.

There isn't a consensus choice at the top end of this draft class beyond Sarnia Sting forward Nail Yakupov, who is listed as the best North American-based skater by NHL central scouting.

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Around the rinks

*Daniel Sedin was a no-show at Vancouver's workout Tuesday morning, then skated with teammates after practice.

*Kings center Brad Richardson is out indefinitely after an appendectomy.

*Blues goaltender Brian Elliott left practice and is listed as day-to-day with an upper body injury. Coach Ken Hitchcock said he expects Elliott to be fine.

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