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Avalanche slips from No. 1 to No. 4 in NHL draft order — again

MIKE CHAMBERS | The Denver Post
Colorado Avalanche left wing Matt Calvert, back, celebrates scoring a goal with center Carl Soderberg in the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2019, in Denver. Colorado won 7-1.
David Zalubowski

With the best odds to obtain the No. 1 pick in the NHL draft in June (18.5 percent), the Avalanche sustained another “worst-case scenario” in Tuesday’s lottery and was awarded the fourth overall selection.

This is the second time in three years the Avalanche will have the No. 4 pick in the draft, despite having the best odds to select first.

The New Jersey Devils won the lottery with the third-best chance, and the New York Rangers moved up from sixth to second. The Chicago Blackhawks had the 12th-best chance but moved up to third.

The Los Angeles Kings, like the Avalanche, also fell the maximum three spots. They went from second to fifth. New Jersey also won the 2017 lottery, climbing from the No. 5 spot and ultimately selecting Nico Hischier with the No. 1 pick.

The draft lottery featured 14 teams that failed to make the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs, plus Colorado, which obtained Ottawa’s first-round pick as one of seven pieces from the 2017 three-team trade involving Matt Duchene.

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