The Edmonton Oilers have defied the odds again and have won the NHL draft lottery. Deputy commissioner Bill Daly pulled out an envelope with "the gold card" in it Saturday night giving Edmonton its 4th number one pick overall in the last 6 years.
Following the Draft Lottery, Connor McDavid took part in a conference call with other top prospects Jack Eichel, Noah Hanifin and Dylvan Strome to discuss a variety of topics.
One topic that came up right off the hop for McDavid was his thoughts on Edmonton and the potential of being drafted by the Oilers.
“It’s a dream come true. It’s a great city to be in," McDavid began. "They’ve got the fans supporting them through a bit of a tough slide the last couple of years. The support they’ve received is amazing. That speaks volumes to the fan support they get in Edmonton. It’s pretty special.”
McDavid was then asked about what was going through his mind as Bill Daly drew cards 14 through 3, ultimately landing on Edmonton with the gold card.
“It’s been a weird day. At the same time, it’s been exciting. When they pulled the cards it’s the fastest my heart’s ever beaten. It’s sure exciting. If Edmonton selects me it would be a tremendous honour.”
The 18-year-old centre was asked about the top talent on the Oilers and the possibility of playing with them.
“They have younger talent, names like Hall, Eberle, (Nugent) Hopkins and Yakupov. And on D with Schultz. They have such a good group there, it’s hard to pick anyone. That’s going a little too far ahead of ourselves, obviously. The draft hasn’t started. We’ll see what happens.”