Avalanche wins draft lottery over NHL-worst Panthers

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The Colorado Avalanche won the NHL draft lottery on Monday.

The Florida Panthers own the second pick for the June 30 draft, while the Tampa Bay Lightning have the third selection.

Colorado had an 18.8 percent chance of winning the lottery after finishing the regular season with a 16-25-7 record, worst in the Western Conference.

The Panthers, who finished last in the NHL with a 15-27-6 mark, had the best odds of winning the lottery at 25 percent but had to settle for the No. 2 pick.

The Dallas Stars had a 2.1 percent chance of winning the top draft spot. They will pick 10th.

Portland Winterhawks defenseman Seth Jones, son of former Dallas Mavericks forward Popeye Jones, is the No. 1 ranked North American skater, according to the NHL Central Scouting Bureau.

The lottery adopted a different format this year, with all of the 14 non-playoff teams having a shot at the first overall pick. The remaining 13 are slotted in reverse order of their regular-season points.

Crosby status unclear

Penguins star Sidney Crosby practiced Monday but his status remains uncertain for Wednesday’s playoff opener against the New York Islanders.

Crosby hasn’t played since breaking his jaw a month ago, missing Pittsburgh’s final 12 games of the regular season. Crosby said he’ll see doctors again today and will not play until he is given clearance.

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