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The Montreal Canadiens are not only hosting the NHL draft in July, they’ll have a chance to be the headliners after winning the draft lottery on Tuesday night.

The Canadiens followed a turbulent season in which they finished last in the overall standings by retaining the right to the No. 1 pick.

The New Jersey Devils shook up the draft order by winning the second of two lottery drawings and moving from the fifth to the second slot in the draft order.

The Devils’ win bumped Arizona from second to third, Seattle to fourth and Philadelphia to the fifth slot. The remaining slots from six to 16 remained unchanged based on where the teams finished in the standings.

Montreal Canadiens general manager Kent Hughes will get to choose No. 1 overall.

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The projected No. 1 overall pick is Kingston Frontenacs center Shane Wright, who had 32 goals and 94 points in 63 games in the Ontario Hockey League.

Juraj Slafkovsky, who was named MVP of the Beijing Olympics men’s hockey tournament after scoring seven goals and leading Slovakia to its first-ever medal (a bronze), could go No. 2 overall.



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