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Devils Select Anthony Brodeur in NHL Draft

Bill Wippert/NHLI via Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- One of the highlights of Sunday's NHL Draft came in the final round.  The New Jersey Devils selected goalie Anthony Brodeur, the son of current Devils goalie Martin.

Martin was in attendance and called his son's name as the Devils 208th pick in the seventh round.

Anthony played for the Shattuck-St. Mary's program in Minnesota, the same program that has produced All-Star Sidney Crosby and Zach Parise.

"It was definitely a surprise," Anthony told TSN after being selected. "I didn't really know if it was going to happen and I'm extremely excited."

Martin greeted his son with a big hug and both posed for a photo with a No. 13 Devils jersey.

Earlier in the draft, the Devils traded their ninth overall pick to the Vancouver Canucks for goalie Cory Schneider.

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Avalanche Select Nathan MacKinnon with No. 1 Pick

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images(NEWARK, N.J.) -- The Colorado Avalanche selected Halifax Mooseheads center Nathan MacKinnon with the first pick of the NHL Draft on Sunday.

MacKinnon scored 32 goals and 75 points in 44 regular-season games this season for Halifax.

"It's amazing how things have worked out in my hockey career," MacKinnon told TSN. "It's so exciting and hopefully it's just getting started. This is unbelievable, to be a part of the Colorado Avalanche. I can’t wait to get to training camp."

MacKinnon was rated second in the NHL's Central Scouting list of top North American skaters.

"Nathan's lived under the microscope for a long time and the pressure and he's always risen to that occasion," Former Avalanche star and current executive Joe Sakic told TSN. "He's an electrifying player. He's the most explosive player in this draft."

The Florida Panthers selected Aleksander Barkov with the second selection.  Jonathan Drouin went to the Tampa Bay Lightning with the third pick.  Seth Jones, who was expected to go at No. 2 fell to the Nashville Predators at four.

The New Jersey Devils and Prudential Center were hosting the draft for the first time.  NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman was greeted to an arrangement of boo's to kick off the day.

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Colorado Avalanche Win NHL Draft Lottery 

Len Redkoles/NHLI via Getty Images (TORONTO) --  After being one of the worst teams in the NHL this season, the Colorado Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery on Monday night.

The Avalanche had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the lottery after finishing the lockout-shortened season with a 16-27-5 record, good for worst in the Western Conference.

Picking second in the draft will be the Florida Panthers, who had the worst record in the NHL with a 15-27-6 campaign.  They had the best odds of winning the lottery at 25 percent.

The Tampa Bay Lightning will select third in the draft, which is set for June 30.

The lottery format changed this year, with all 14 non-playoff teams earning a chance to have the first overall pick.  Once the Avalanche won the lottery, the remaining 13 teams will pick in reverse order of their regular-season points.

Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones is projected by many to be the top selection in this year's draft.

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Oilers Take Yakupov with First Pick

A.J. Messier/NHLI via Getty Images(PITTSBURGH) -- The Edmonton Oilers selected 18-year-old Russian forward Nail Yakupov with the first pick in the NHL Draft Friday.

The 5-foot-11, 185-pound Yakupov played his last two seasons with the Sarnia Sting of the Ontario Hockey League. During the 2010-2011 season, he scored 119 points for Sarnia. That broke the teams rookie scoring record which was held by current Tampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos.

Yakupov thinks he can help the Oilers this season.

"I think yeah, why not?” said Yakupov. “I have lots of time for work in the summer and work with Edmonton, to try and make the team. I think I’m ready for the NHL.”

Yakupov is the first Russian to be selected first in the draft since Alex Ovechkin was in 2004. He is the Oilers third straight number one pick.

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Oilers Will Pick First in Upcoming Draft

Tom Szczerbowski/NHLI via Getty Images(TORONTO) -- For the third consecutive season the Edmonton Oilers have won the NHL Draft Lottery and will have the first pick in the upcoming 2012 draft.

The Columbus Blue Jackets actually had better odds than the Oilers, but it seems winning the lottery is a right of passage for Edmonton.

The past two seasons the Oilers have selected center Ryan Nugent Hopkins and winger Taylor Hall. This years popular bet to be the first pick is Nail Yakupov of the Sarnia Sting (OHL). He also plays wing, leading to speculation that the Oilers may try to trade the pick.

The last team to pick first in the NHL Draft for three straight seasons was the Quebec Nordiques from 1989-1991.

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